The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company.
Calling all Baydestrians! Rolling Loud took over the Oakland Coliseum this past weekend in true Bay Area fashion. Aside from the fact that the two-day festival completely sold out, it was headliners Future, YG, Migos, and Lil Uzi Vert that closed the show out on the highest note — fireworks and all.
Festivals can be a bitch to get to considering parking, getting your credentials, etc. However, this weekend was almost too smooth to be true. The actual campgrounds yielded a heart-warming ferris wheel, and unlimited vendors containing endless food and drinks. The VIP Area was located right between all three stages, even hailing a Beauty Bar for women and girls to freshen up.
Day one (September 27) hailed an all-star lineup, which included Megan Thee Stallion, who showed up and showed up in true Hot Girl Summer fashion. Decked out in all pink, the Houston, Texas hottie gave all to festival-goers while performing hit singles “Cash Shit” and “Big Ole Freak” with her dancers alongside her.
If you were in the mood for some sad boy music, Iann Dior broke his Rolling Loud cherry for the first time over on the Sauce Stage. He told REVOLT TV that he “was a little nervous, but I went out there and people were here for me. I love it so much. I used to dream of this shit, to be here today is crazy.”
Over on the Dryp Stage, 24KGoldn returned to Rolling Loud for the second time and nothing compared to the hometown love he received. The San Francisco native told us, “L.A. was a lot of fun, but just seeing how much energy everyone had this time compared to them was crazy. It’s like a hometown reunion, a homecoming. Get to see all the kids I went to high school with.”
As of last week, the “Valentino” rapper was trending on Apple Music for his breakout single — thanks to Tik Tok and Ballers. Jokingly asking how many of his people hit him up to get the merch, he answered with a laugh, “A lot. You gotta hit me up early because you gotta submit those names early.”
Ski Mask The Slump God — a Rolling Loud Miami favorite — delivered one of the most explosive sets of the day, climbing on top of the pillars of the High Hemp Stage and hyping up the crowd — with mosh pits included. Of course, the Broward County native paid tribute to the life of XXXTentacion in the most beautiful way, performing his hit single “R.I.P. Roach,” and even XXX’s own “Fuck Love” and “SAD!” As far as his own discography, Ski blessed fans with fan favorites “Foot Fungus” and “Life’s Short” off his debut studio album, STOKELEY.
One theme remained true all weekend: West Coast the Best Coast. Blueface did his thing, crip-walking all over the Dryp Stage, while Oakland’s own Kamaiyah brought bestie Kehlani to the stage. Once fans caught wind, they RAN to catch Lani.
G-Eazy is no stranger to tearing down stages, even giving his Oakland A’s hat to the fans. As far as Atlanta goes, Gunna ran from one end of the stage to the next and performed “Oh Okay,” “Sold Out Dates,” “Richard Millie Plain,” and even Travis Scott’s “YOSEMITE.” Future’s headlining set yielded timeless hits “March Madness,” “Real Sisters,” “Mask Off”... the list goes on. The only hiccup of the day was that 21 Savage’s sound was fucked up. But, he was still a good sport.
Day two hailed Bay Area favorites Mozzy, Nef Tha Pharaoh, Shoreline Mafia and Saweetie, who all held down the West Coast. The ICY GRL graced the stage drippin’ per usual with braids and jean jacket, as she performed hit singles “ICY GRL,” “Emotional” featuring bae Quavo — who was performing later that evening with Migos — and “My Type.” All the women in Oakland Coliseum were screaming “Rich n*gga, eight-figure, that’s my type!”
With DaBaby having just released his second project of the year, KIRK, hip hop lovers swarmed the High Hemp Stage to see him do “Suge.” What they got exceeded expectations, as a high-energy, animated DaBaby put on one hell of a show — even ripping his white tank top apart for “21.” He also called Johnny Dang to the stage, who blessed him with a beaming “KIRK” diamond chain.
Tyga, of course, delivered one of the most turnt and nostalgic sets of the evening. Putting on for the Bay Area, the Los Angeles rapper surprised festival-goers with D-Lo, who went on to perform hit single “No Hoe.” But, the best part might have been witnessing Ambjaay come to the stage to perform the “Uno” remix alongside Tyga for the first time ever! Tyga spit, “T-Raww and I’m all about dinero, and I like the pussy sweet like a churro!”
Young Thug fans were left in disappointment, as his DJ dropped song after song, but with no Thugger onstage. Eventually coming out during Juice WRLD’s set to do one song, it was Migos and Lil Uzi Vert that drove the boat home.
Until next time, Rolling Loud Bay Area!