Rolling Loud L.A. 2019: Sunday Recap
Drawing 100,000 Fans to Downtown L.A., the Biggest Festival Brand in Rap Closed Out the 2010s With Its Sights on Another Decade of Domination
“In four and a half years — beginning small in Miami, and now promoting Coachella-sized events around the country — Rolling Loud has established itself as a playground for the young…This time last year, many of the rappers now drawing crowds of several thousand were barely known.” – The New York Times
“Rolling Loud is the be-all of hip-hop festivals.” – Billboard
“The Rolling Loud New York experiment was a success—one which will likely earn it a return trip to the city in future years. Far from a traditional NYC rap experience, it was a two-day event that catered to the genre’s youngest fans, with an eye squarely focused on the future.” – Complex
“In only its fifth year with four major destinations and more in the pipeline overseas, athletes, celebrities and others are forking over as much as $20,000 for VIP packages. Of course, imitators are cropping up.” – Pollstar
The 2010s was a decade for rapid change, as the rap industry struggled to keep up with the voracious appetites of fans, who constantly scoured SoundCloud in search of the next star. As traditional gatekeepers fell by the wayside, Rolling Loud became a major rite of passage, giving these internet-born stars an IRL crowd to match their impressive streaming numbers. Rolling Loud hosted the first major festival performances from the likes of Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Baby, Playboi Carti, Trippie Redd, Lil Peep, and more, and became a comfortable home for relative veterans like Travis Scott, Migos and Young Thug, and influential forefathers like Lil Wayne and Gucci Mane.
The final Rolling Loud festival of the decade was a bittersweet one, as Rolling Loud and the hip-hop community at large came together in Los Angeles to mourn Juice WRLD, who passed away earlier in the week. Before he turned 21, Juice World changed the face and sound of hip-hop, spinning bleakly witty tales of romance and inner turmoil and crafting emo-influenced melodies into unforgettable hooks. On Sunday night, Juice WRLD’s touring band held down the stage for an unmissable hour, as luminaries like G Herbo, YBN Cordae, Benny Blanco, Cole Bennett, and others came through to pay their respects.
The Juice WRLD tribute was a beautiful and necessary moment, but it didn’t distract from the rest of the sold-out festival, which brought its usual array of superstars, veterans, and on-fire newcomers. Future closed out the night with an impassioned run through his unbeatable discography. YG put on for his city (and mourned his close friend Nipsey Hussle) in an eventful performance. The crowd showed out for 2019 breakout stars DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, and Polo G, and vibed to L.A. locals like Tyga, Doja Cat (who brought out Smino during her set), and Buddy.
Check below for some of the best photos of the day’s most memorable moments, taken by Rolling Loud’s crackerjack internal media team.
For additional photos of the festival, visit this Dropbox of hi-res photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1tlrxi7j77pcsij/AADUh-IPDhqS2nSDS4fqkJila?dl=0
See even more highlights on Rolling Loud’s Instagram.
Possibly the most influential rapper of the decade, Future was a fitting closing act for the final Rolling Loud of the 2010s (Credit: Rolling Loud/@eazypho)
JUICE WRLD TRIBUTE:
An emotional celebration of the late artist’s legacy–figures like Benny Blanco, G Herbo (pictured), and Juice’s friends and family made appearance (Credit: Rolling Loud/@itchyeyephotos)
Juice WRLD’s girlfriend Ally gives emotional remarks (Credit: Rolling Loud/@itchyeyephotos)
Pretty Flacko stopped the show at the High Hemp stage, performing hits new and old (Credit: Rolling Loud/@itchyeyephotos)
2019’s biggest breakout star unleashes pandemonium on the High Hemp Stage (Credit: Rolling Loud/@srodriguez92)
Bringing a cadre of dancers and a multitude of hits for the hometown audience, Tyga capped a roller coaster decade in style (Credit: Rolling Loud/@ITCHYEYEPHOTOS)
Don’t come to L.A….unless you’re coming to watch this Compton native perform (Credit: Rolling Loud/@jessicapadover)
MEGAN THEE STALLION:
Make your Holiday Season a Hot Girl season (Credit: Rolling Loud/@itchyeyephotos)
POLO G (Credit: Rolling Loud/@shaunllewllyn_1)
SHORDIE SHORDIE (Credit: Rolling Loud/@jordankelseyknight)
DOJA CAT (Credit: Rolling Loud/@itchyeyephotos)
THE GAME & BLUEFACE (Credit: Rolling Loud/@shaunllewellyn)
BUDDY (Credit: Rolling Loud/@arrogantwatcher)
KALAN.FRFR (Credit: Rolling Loud/@jamesbaxter)
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(Credit: Rolling Loud/@jordankelseyknight)
(Credit: Rolling Loud/@itchyeyephoto)
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Rolling Loud co-founder Tariq Cherif (Credit: Rolling Loud/@henryhwu)
Rolling Loud co-founder Matt Zingler (credit: Rolling Loud/@eazypho)
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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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