As the birthplace of mob music, hyphy, and Tupac Shakur’s rap career, the Bay Area will always have a special place in hip-hop history. The third annual Rolling Loud Bay Area embodies The Yay’s irrepressible spirit with an all-star lineup and a mission to provide its 40,000 attendees with an unforgettable start to the sold out weekend.
Saturday’s festival more than lived up to the hype, delivering headlining sets from Future and Oakland’s own G-Eazy who brought out ALLBLACK and P-Lo. YGopened his set with a heartfelt tribute to Nipsey Hustle, Megan Thee Stallion brought fans onstage for an epic dance party during “Simon Says,” Kamaiyah surprised fans by bringing out Kehlani, Lil Pump joined Smokepurpp for their hit “Gucci Gang,” and SOB X RBE united the Bay and L.A. by bringing out Shoreline Mafia for a rendition of “Bands.” With the crowd showing exceptional love to the performing artists, Saturday was a day Mac Dre would have been proud of.
Find photos of some of the day’s most memorable moments below.
Behind the beat and ahead of the times, the L.A. rapper is a natural showman (@mpvinny300)
SOB X RBE (Rolling Loud/@claywestcott)
An image from YG’s performance. Enough said. (Rolling Loud/@claywestcott)
24KGOLDN (Rolling Loud/@claywestcott)
Matt Zingler & Tariq Cherif (Rolling Loud/@HenryHwu)
The influential superstar plays selections from his near-decade-long run of massive hits (Rolling Loud/@jamesbaxter)
KAMAIYAH (Rolling Loud/@EAZYPHO)
Ski Mask The Slump God scaled the scaffolding in the Oakland sun (Rolling Loud/@OKAYNICOLITA)
The H-Town Hottie brings Hot Girl Summer to a thrilling close with her evening set (Rolling Loud/@ALEXXFIGS)
Oakland’s native son pays tribute to the Bay Area in his co-headlining slot, with a litany of high-energy local guests (Rolling Loud/@jessicapadover)
The Tennessee titan performed tracks from he and Key Glock’s top 10 album Dum & Dummer (Rolling Loud/@Snap_LL)
Founded in 2015 by Matt Zingler and Tariq Cherif as a one-day festival in Miami, Rolling Loud evolved into a global behemoth, with massive festivals on both American coasts and an international event in Australia. An area with a rich and distinctive hip-hop tradition, the Bay was the first site of Rolling Loud’s expansion, hosting the first Rolling Loud Bay Area in Mountain View, CA in September 2017. Last year, Rolling Loud Bay Area re-located to Oakland Coliseum, drawing 80,000 rap fans to a sold-out two-day festival, headlined by Wiz Khalifa and Travis Scott.
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