The five best performances on the Rolling Loud California stage

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The Rolling Loud Festival is the biggest hip-hop event in the world that brings together the most talented artists of this genre for unprecedented performances. This year the show has made its comeback despite numerous significant obstacles. It took place last weekend with the presence of big names in hip-hop , including Kanye West who made an appearance and a 10-minute guest performance by Future.

Rolling Loud: a comeback

Long awaited, the Rolling Loud festival is finally back and in full force. Last weekend, thousands of people took to NOS Stadium in San Bernardino to witness LA’s first Rolling Loud since the world reopened.

Every day the festival was bursting with food and activities on the stands to accompany this year’s impressive lineup. On the program, spectators had hard-hitting performances from the most renowned hip-hop / rap artists in the music industry. Rolling Loud’s return to Southern California has come with huge changes after the COVID-19 storm and the safety concerns that plagued performers and fans alike.

new policy regarding the age of participation is in effect and now spectators must be at least 18 years old. This is a step taken in the wake of Travis Scott’s tragic Astroworld festival. In addition, security protocols require artists to leave the site after their performances .

This year’s three-day Rolling Loud was marked by a host of Bay Area artists including Berner and Mozzy . The event was also marked by the (awesome) promotion of Rubi Rose on stage for Onlyfans. As usual, at the end of the festival, fans discussed the usual question: who got the better set  ? Discover a selection of contenders for this title.

Kid Cudi

The performance of Kid Cudi left the very hot spectators of the Rolling Loud festival in awe . His set dedicated to the much loved Virgil Abloh included a mix of true fan favorites, with songs from his 2020 Man On The Moon III: The Chosen project.

Cudi has announced that he will release two albums in the year 2022, much to the excitement of an enthusiastic audience. This is in addition to his work on the soundtrack for the upcoming Netflix film “Entergalactic”.

During the show, the rapper also released new tracks like “Freshie” and “Just Look Up”. The latest single is in collaboration with Ariana Grande for the soundtrack to the Netflix movie “Don’t Look Up,” which premieres on December 24. In a particularly poignant moment of his performance, Cudi also revealed his last texts to Virgil Abloh . It was an intimate and lasting tribute to the founder of Off-White and world-renowned designer who was nothing short of historic.

Key Glock et Paper Route Empire

The Rolling Loud stage was an opportunity for many artists to pay tribute to illustrious deceased . After Kid Cudi, it was the turn of Key Glock and the other artists of Paper Route Empire to salute the memory of Young Dolph , the rapper from Memphis shot dead in his hometown . The deceased was a four-year Rolling Loud veteran .

Key Glock has joined forces with OT Genasis and fellow rappers from the Paper Route empire Woo and Snupe Bandz to perform songs in memory of Dolph . A photo of the late artist underlined with the words “  Young Dolph Immortal  ” filled the screen as the speakers played some of Dolph’s most memorable songs including “Preach.”

J. Cole

J. Cole was the headliner for the Saturday night . He performed on the Rolling Loud stage to the explosive cries of the audience. His setlist consisted of old and new songs . Cole also brightened up audiences with classics that date back to his 2011 and 2014 Cole World albums: The Sideline Story and 2014 Forest Hills Drive respectively.

Additionally, he performed songs from this year’s The Off-Season album . Many spectators consider J. Cole to be one of the best performances of the weekend . This was very fitting for what he revealed to be “  his last show for a while  ”.

The artist made a point of praising his fans and even recorded himself on one of their phones while he performed his verse on the song “A lot” by 21 Savage.

Playboi Carti

Hordes of festival goers were eager to see Carti perform at Rolling Loud NYC and the King Vamp did not disappoint . Accompanied by his skillful guitarist, Carti brought all the energy needed on Sunday evening, performing live the songs from his album “  Whole Lotta Red  ” released in 2020.

The electrifying tracks “Rockstar Made” and “King Vamp” warmed up the already jubilant crowd. At one point in her set, Carti climbed onto the cameraman’s platform . It was another viral moment among the countless videos of the artist bouncing off her stage.


At this point, it’s hardly surprising that one of the most memorable and notable sets of the weekend was Future’s headlining performance . He has performed songs from his most recent and signature albums, from “FUTURE” of 2017 to “High Off Life” of last year.

In full performance, veteran Future brought in Roddy Ricch , who appeared for a surprise performance of “The Box.” After his stint on “March Madness,” the Atlanta-born rapper introduced Ye to the stage . The latter rushed to the rhythm of “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”.

This first appeared in Rolling Ye Loud remain memorable and fans thoroughly enjoyed the movement. Future and Ye ended the night with Yeezy’s “Hurricane” and “Praise God” from his latest album DONDA.

They also offered a never-before-seen version of Future’s 2015 hit “Fuck Up Some Commas,” with an exclusive Rolling Loud Fest freestyle. At one point, Ye and Future started dancing to Drake’s song “Way 2 Sexy” on stage. It was a special nod to the end of Ye and the 6 Gods feud that had lasted for years, after their collaborative show Free Larry Hoover last Thursday.

In your opinion, what other rapper deserves to be included in this Top 5 of the best performances of the Rolling Loud festival?

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