Friday night's headliners truly showed how diverse hip-hop is at the moment. On one stage, Playboi Carti shook the ground (quite literally) with mosh-pit anthems from his new album Whole Lotta Red. Several hundred feet away, J. Cole brought his thoughtful lyricism and storytelling to the main stage, exhilarating a crowd of fans who rapped along to every song while dodging heavy rainfall. The downpour started just before J. Cole's set began, and it made for a visually stunning backdrop to his performance. It's not every day that you get to see a performer like J. Cole live, and it's even more of a treat to see him with Mother Nature raging up above with lightning, thunder, and hurricane-level winds twisting things up for Day 2 of Rolling Loud.
Mixing fan-favorite songs with his latest releases from The Off-Season, J. Cole treated his supporters to surprise appearances from Dreamville's finest rappers, including J.I.D, Bas, and Lute. This performance proved that the North Carolina native is one of hip-hop's greats, and it was a treat for those who stuck around despite the wet weather. [HotNewHipHop]
Rolling Loud's 2021 edition wrapped up on Saturday at Citi Field's parking lot with sets from Travis Scott, Roddy Ricch, Lil Tjay, A$ap Ferg, Fivio Foreign, Young Nudy, Griselda, Armani Caesar, Nav, Sheck Wes, Action Bronson, City Morgue, Maxo Kream, Key Glock, Lil Keed, and many more.