Rolling Loud day 3 review & pics (Migos, Gucci Mane, Future, Lil Uzi Vert & more)
Sunday (5/7) was the third and final day of this year’s Rolling Loud music festival in Miami. The lineup for the last day offered an exciting finish to the fest, with back-to-back performances from big names like Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, Playboi Carti, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, Post Malone, Travis Scott, and Future.
The energy of the festival was such that things seemed like they were about to burst. It somehow looked like the final day garnered the biggest crowd of all, despite the fact that tickets were only sold as a weekend-long package.
Of the entire weekend’s lineup, I was most excited about seeing Gucci Mane. The Guwop wasn’t announced as a performer until just a few days before the festival as a replacement for Kodak Black and Kevin Gates, both of whom are currently in jail. Festival-goers, performers, and DJs were constantly yelling “Free Kodak” — though Kodak is still facing sexual assault charges. In any case, I was happy to pass up Kodak and Kevin Gates for a chance to see Gucci Mane.
Though most of the festival had run right on schedule, Gucci came on stage a half hour late and also only performed for a half hour. Honestly though, that was worth it. Gucci performed older favorites like “Lemonade” as well as newer pieces like his verse on Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles,” for which he even sang Swae Lee’s chorus. He also brought his fiance, Keyshia Ka’oir, out on stage with him. She mouthed the words along with him, and they both just seemed to be having fun together. Gucci looks like he’s still staying happy and healthy.
After that, I waited along with seemingly every single other person at the festival for Migos to come on stage. They were scheduled to come out on the smaller of the two stages, despite the fact that you practically can’t even go to a baby shower without hearing “Bad & Boujee.” Essentially every area of viewing space surrounding the stage was occupied, and about half an hour after Migos were supposed to have gone on stage, it was announced that their show would be postponed because there were too many people there. For a while, people though that maybe the entire festival was shut down. However, about half an hour after that, Migos came on with no warning at the other, larger stage. They gave exactly the kind of performance you’d expect from a trio who just had to postpone their original show because the crowd was too big. They brought out Gucci again for “Slippery,” and repeatedly reiterated their status as the “best rap group in the world.”
Lil Uzi Vert performed soon after Migos, and while I don’t exactly care about him, he made the boldest move of all by jumping 20ft off the top of the stage (video below). So there’s that.
Future headlined the main stage. Fresh off releasing the Amber Rose-starring video for his hit “Mask Off,” Future took the stage with his mask on and delivered that song and tons of other fan favorites.
The festival had made huge leaps in growth since its beginning three years ago, and beating this year’s dream-team lineup will be hard to do. One way they could make it better? Add some women (there were only THREE on the lineup, and they all played before 3pm).
Future, Migos, and other 2017 Rolling Loud performers like Run the Jewels, Action Bronson, and Joey Bada$$ were announced earlier today for NYC’s The Meadows festival.