Rolling Loud Music Festival’s 5 Year Anniversary was quite a celebration with blowout performances, surprise guests, arrests, stampedes, and hundreds of iPhones lost and/or stolen. Rolling Loud was the experience of a lifetime. There was so much that went down we couldn’t even cover it all in this article. However, continue reading below for our favorite moments at the Worlds Largest Hip-Hop Music festival.
1. Cardi B, Stampedes and False Shootings, Oh my!
On Friday right before Cardi B was set to take the stage there was an obnoxious stampede based on false reports of a gun shooting. Rolling Loud Miami had three different stages that featured firework effects on all of them. It is fair to say that people might have assumed the fireworks on the other stages sounded like gunshots. You know how it goes – one person runs and everybody runs. Thousands of people were trampled trying to get away from the false threat which caused the festival-goers to become badly-injured, hospitalized and the selling of their passes vowing to never return again to the three-day festival.
Rolling Loud co-founder Tariq Cherif issued a statement the next morning and recounted the plethora of law enforcement on the grounds.
Cherif said: “Shortly after 11 p.m. on Friday night, there was a disturbance that led a large group of fans to believe there was an active shooter within the festival grounds. The commotion resulted in these fans running out of the venue, some of whom were injured and/or scared in the process. Security and public authorities immediately sprung into action, established it was a false alarm and there was not an active shooter in the festival and diffused the situation. Safety is #1 at Rolling Loud. We have hundreds of police officers and security guards hired to protect our fans. While we are upset this situation occurred, we are proud of the swift reaction of law enforcement to verify the area was secure.
Things did eventually calmed down and after an hour of waiting for Cardi B, she finally came out and put on an amazing show! The Invasion of Privacy rapper took the staged decorated in a tight neon-pink bodysuit, a colorful pink and purple wig and her diamond-studded jewelry. Cardi twerked her way through dynamizing performances of “I Like It,” “Money,” “Please Me,” “Bodak Yellow,” and more. Bardi pumped the crowd up with a hoedown of “She Bad” then declared how hot she was dousing herself in water then got into an impulsive performance of “Drip.” Additionally, Cardi brought out Pardison Fontaine for a rendition of their duet, “Backin’ It Up.”
2. YG Dedicated His Performance To Nipsey Hussle
YG‘s set began with a very motivational Nipsey Hussle tribute in which he came out to their song “Last Time That I Checc’d.” YG gave an energetic performance turning the crowd up to hits like, “BPT,” “Left Right,” “My Nigga,” “Big Bank,” “Why You Always Hating?,” “Toot It and Boot It” and more. The STAY DANGEROUS rapper also performed his newest singles “Stop Snitchin” and “Go Loko.”
YG turned the stage into a party bringing out surprise guests A$AP Ferg performing “Plain Jane” and Meek Mill performing “Dreams and Nightmares.” It was everything you would expect from a YG show and more.
3. Rappers From Dallas, TX Invaded Rolling Loud
3. Dallas, TX took over Miami, FL as the Rolling Loud line-up included a plethora of Dallas rap stars Yella Beezy, Asian Da Brat (formerly Asian Doll), 10k.Caash, GUN40 and Tay Money.
Yella Beezy performed songs “Up 1,” “Bacc At It Again,” “Why They Mad,” “What I Did,” and “That’s On Me.” Beezy paid homage to the 214 with his stage set fully decked out in Texas flags and staples. He brought out special guest DaniLeigh for a performance of her song “Lil Bebe.”
Asian Da Brat had a fun set performing songs from her new album UNFUCCWITABLE while also getting into hits “Lame Niggaz,” “Itty Bitty Bitches,” “With You,” “Hi Bich (Remix)” and more.
10k.Caash creator of the dance “The Woah” came out during his set with a real-life flame blower – as if Miami isn’t already hot enough 10k and GUN40 gave us a fiery performance of their song “Aloha.”
Tay Money performed songs “Trappers Delight,” “Bih Like Me” and her newest song “Phone Talk” featuring Quin NFN. She wore a gold sparkly skort, a pink leopard bralette and gold booties. While the crowd wasn’t too packed the fans that did show up definitely showed out; chanting “we want that Tay Tay!!” over and over while Tay Money whirled around the Monster Stage.
4. Megan Thee Stallion Was A Big Ole’ Freak
4. Megan Thee Stallion did her usual hot-girl shit at Rolling Loud. The twerk-master captured the stage wearing matching camouflage two-pieces. Megan exclaimed into the mic- “If you don’t know who I am then you’re about to find out.” before she got into records “Cocky Af,” “Freak Nasty,” “Last Week in H TX,” “Tina Montana,” and “Big Ole’ Freak.” Jaws dropped when her DJ played Juvenile’s “Slow Motion” as she did a handstand twerk and hit the splits. REAL HOT-GIRL SHIT.
Thee Stallion brought out Moneybagg Yo for a surprise performance of their song “Make A Bag” and he did a solo performance of “All of a Sudden.”
5. Meek Mill Replaced Lil Wayne
Meek Mill replaced Lil Wayne after Wayne to took to Twitter cancel his performance less than two hours before he was scheduled to take the stage.
“To all my fans who came to see me at Rolling Loud, I’m sorry but I won’t be performing. The Festival Police (Not Rolling Loud) made it mandatory that I had to be policed and checked to get on the stadium grounds. I do not and will not ever settle for being policed to do my job and give you guys a great show. I will be at Story tonight for the afterparty and you kan katch me on tour with my bros Blink 182 this summer!” he wrote.
Meek Mill closed out the festival on Saturday with an impromptu performance at the Audiomack stage which featured surprise guest Rick Ross and NAV joining him for their collaboration “Tap.” After hitting the stage with YG and Rick Ross earlier in the weekend, the Philly native gave an electrifying surprise set with renditions of “Check”, “Whatever You Need”, “Dreams and Nightmares,” and more.
6. Kodak Black Got Arrested On State and Federal Gun Charges
6. Kodak Black got arrested on State and Federal gun charges before he was set to perform. In fact, Kodak never even made it to the festival; instead, he was picked up by ATF, Miami-Dade Police Northside Gang Unit and U.S. Marshals as part of a joint sting. Despite reports that he’d been arrested on festival grounds, Rolling Loud issued a statement saying that he was “arrested on his way to the festival and we have no knowledge of what led to the arrest since he was not on the festival property.”
Kodak was planning to donate his entire Rolling Loud earnings and perform a special set in memory of Meadow Pollack a victim of the Parkland, Flordia school shooting. Meadow was one of the 17 students killed at Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018, and she was reportedly a huge fan of the Florida rapper.
“Kodak was very disappointed that he couldn’t make something he thought was going to be very special happen at Rolling Loud,” Kodak’s attorney Bradford Cohen said. “We spent weeks trying to coordinate the surprise in Meadow Pollack’s memory.”
7. Da Baby Threw 100 Pounds of Fake Weed Into The Crowd
Da Baby took over the Monster Stage and an explosive performance while also throwing 100 pounds weed (which was actually grass) to his crowd of fans.
During his late night set on Friday while performing his song “Gorilla Glue,” the Charlotte-bred rapper tossed bags upon bags of sealed marijuana into the crowd.
The audience clamored to get possession of one of the sealed plastic bags. It was later revealed on Twitter that the bags were actually filled with grass.
8. Lil Yachty Called Out A White Fan For Using The N-Word
Lil Yachty’s set was a party! Performing songs like “Boom!,” “Who Want The Smoke,” “Broccoli,” “Ice Tray” and “Peek-A-Boo” if you weren’t turnt— I just don’t know what to tell you.
As a white fan, you must watch what you say during Lil Boat’s set as the red, braided haired rapper called someone out for saying the N-word.
“White girl on the shoulders! I saw you say nigga. I saw you! I’m watching you. Don’t you do it again. That’s a no-no.” Yachty said.
Yachty brought out some special guests too; SuperDuperKyle for their “iSpy” collab and Yung Mami to perform the hit song he wrote for City Girls, “Act Up.”
9. DMX Performed ‘It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot’
DMX brought out Hip-Hop heads from all walks of life with a LEGENDARY PERFORMANCE. The 48-year-old rapper took the audience back to 1998 performing his classic album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot.
X was embraced by a gargantuan crowd including modern-day mosh pits as he delivered songs like “We Right Here,” “Where The Hood At” and “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem.”
LEGEND FUCKING DARY.
10. Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus Joined The Stage For The First Time
In an undisputed iconic moment, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus performed their Billboard Hot 100 song “Old Town Road”. Billy Ray brought out his guitar and before he could even belch the words the crowd began singing “I’m going to take my horse to the old town road…” It was a moment.
Then, Lil Nas X performed “Panini” a song that he previewed on Twitter to which fans took a liking of. Although, now he claims that he regrets previewing it and he will no longer release it.
11. Kid Cudi Closed Out Rolling Loud
Kid Cudi’s much anticipated and highly rumored set proved to be the perfect way to close out the three-day festival. He took the stage an hour late but delivered a performance that to your imagination took you into the moon and stars. While Kanye West did not perform, Cudi did break out material from Kids See Ghosts, their recent combined project and did an arrangement of Kanye’s “Father Strech My Hands. Pt. 1.”
Throughout the time, Rolling Loud was a fatiguing and tiresome experience but with Mr. Rager’s melodic hums, weed smoke in the air, the Miami breeze and fans pulsating to the harmonies of “Marijuana,” “Day ‘n’ Nite.” “Pursuit of Happiness,” and “REVOFEV,” Kid Cudi’s set was calming and beautiful.
While introducing one of his toughest songs, “Mr. Rager.” Kid Cudi divulged into his mental illness battles, “I wrote this song when I was in a really dark place and I want y’all to know that you can make it through, you can get out. I do songs like this, and I think about where I was at, and I look at where I’m at now, in front of y’all, and it’s a beautiful thing to be able to enjoy these songs.” he said.
Cudi also brought out Quavo to preview a new record that left the audience restless and excitable at the assuring new track.