While day 1 of the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival in Miami came to a slow start with its unpredictable schedule, the second day held no punches as it boasted a heavy-hitting roster of talent.
Rolling Loud’s primetime hip-hop artists brought the electrifying energy as well as a few famous plus-ones to their performances on Saturday night (May 6). Headliner Kendrick Lamar capped off the evening by gifting fans with his cinematic performance as did Action Bronson, who debuted an unreleased song and teased his forthcoming album.
Check out the recap of Rolling Day day 2 below.
1:35 p.m.: Atlanta native Key! kicked things off on day 2 with a raging set that spanned all of his catalog. From “38 Hot” to “One Up”, the Two-9 frontman primed the crowd for the lively day ahead. Joined on stage by Reese La Flare, the Eastside boys shut down the stage.
5:00 p.m.: Despite his pending legal troubles, Southside’s own Chief Keef hit the main stage to a crowd of roaring fans. Calling Miami his “second home,” the drill music phenom performed his catalog of bangers, including the breakout hit “Don’t Like” as well as “So Tree,” a highlight off his Two Zero One Seven mixtape from January.
5:30 p.m.: Kicking things off with “Zone 3,” Denzel Curry electrified the crowd with his lively energy, so much so that he had to take a moment to catch his breath. Rattling off his most impressive tracks to date, the Florida native tore down the stage during “Threatz” alongside his C9 collective.
7:00 p.m.: XXXTentacion appeared to be in a sharing mood as he doused the crowd with water and crowd-surfed during the bass-heavy banger “Look at Me.” Apparently, X’s fans feel just as strongly as he does about Drake’s alleged mimicking of his flow as they chanted “F–k Drake” during his set.
7:35 p.m.: Action Bronson didn’t hesitate to gift fans with new heat as he premiered a brand new track during his set. The Queens lyricist also teased his forthcoming album, Blue Chips 7000, which will arrive next month, telling fans, “I don’t give a f–k if I have to leak it myself.”
8:30 p.m.: Welcomed to the stage by Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg, Joey Bada$$ rocked out to “For My People,” a highlight from his latest effort, All Amerikkkan Bada$$. The Brooklynite also brought it back to his early years as he performed “95 Till Infinity,” a gem from his “Summer Knights” EP.
9:15 p.m.: Their impressive hit list aside, Run The Jewels — the duo comprised of Killer Mike and super producer EI-P — gave Miami a warm welcome as they invited Trina to join them on stage. “The Baddest Bitch” performed “Panther Like a Panther” before a crowd of roaring fans.
10:35 p.m.: Young Thug showed off his “Future Swag” as he ripped the stage during the final hour of day 2. Rattling off his catalog of hits, Thugger performed fan favorites such as “Check,” “Best Friend,” “Halftime” and more.
11:00 p.m.: Kendrick Lamar upped the ante as he set the stage ablaze with the high-octane “DNA.” Unleashing Kung Fu Kenny, fans were taken on a cinematic experience as Kendrick’s set was backed by clips of King Kong, Muhammad Ali, and mini-skits on loop. From hyping the crowd during his raging performance of “Alright” to subduing fans during “PRIDE,” the Compton rapper took attendees on a musical journey of colorful sounds. Closing out his set with “HUMBLE,” Lamar’s exit was far from modest as he lit up the sky with pyrotechnics and fireworks.