Rolling Loud Miami 2021: Friday Recap
With Performances From A$AP Rocky, Lil Baby, Playboi Carti & More, and a Special Edition of WWE® Smackdown, Rolling Loud Miami Day 1 Was an Action-Packed Return for Live Rap Spectacle
Rolling Loud is BACK OUTSIDE! After 18 long months, they became the first major festival brand to return and re-emerged in full force, with the vibes intact. The festival crowd was eager for the return of live hip-hop, and Rolling Loud delivered, hosting nearly 50 performances across four stages. Friday evening brought a formidable array of hip-hop heavy hitters–headliner A$AP Rocky brought out A$AP Ferg and then surprised fans with the rest of A$AP Mob to light up the stage and tribute the late A$AP Yams, Lil Baby continued his years-long hot streak with help from 42 Dugg and Rylo Rodriguez, Playboi Carti performed songs from Whole Lotta Red for the first time, and special guest Bobby Shmurda had the crowd doing the Shmoney Dance during his triumphant return.
In addition to performances from the biggest names and hottest rising stars in rap, the first day of Rolling Loud Miami 2021 featured special WWE® matches, featured in last night’s WWE SmackDown®. The special event featured two matches between WWE Superstars–in the first, Bianca Belair took down Carmella, and in the second, Big E prevailed over Apollo. The one-of-a-kind partnership is the first ever collaboration between WWE and a major music festival.
The show continues this weekend, with headlining performances from Travis Scott and Post Malone, plus much more.
Check below for some highlights from the action-packed first day Rolling Loud Miami 2021.
Check out photos from both nights here. Please credit photos as such “(Rolling Loud/@photographer): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j6gvddz8f7mwuwo/AADVW2ysr8GRt_ZHGU9DBgJFa?dl=0
See even more highlights on Rolling Loud’s Instagram.
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Rolling Loud would like to thank their 2021 Miami stage sponsors Cîroc, Audiomack, Monster Energy, and Dryp for their support.
Rolling Loud congratulates the winner of Rolling Loud and Ahead Financials’ “Ahead Start to Rolling Loud” contest. Chicago rapper Asa2x won the opportunity to perform at the Audiomack Stage.
CO-FOUNDER MATT ZINGLER & RIHANNA:
SCENES FROM THE FESTIVAL:
#4 on Pollstar’s List of 2020’s Top Livestreamers
“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
“Rolling Loud continues to prove its hip-hop tastemaking status is no fluke” – Pollstar
About Rolling Loud
Founded by Matt Zingler & Tariq Cherif as a one-day Miami show in 2015, Rolling Loud has grown into a global festival phenomenon, putting on shows on both coasts and in multiple countries. Rolling Loud is the premier festival brand in hip-hop, known for its expert curation of wide-ranging lineups that reflect the state of the genre.
The festival returns from a 18-month hiatus on July 23rd-25th, with the sold out Rolling Loud Miami 2021, its biggest event yet, bringing in over 85,000 fans per day to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. With headliners Travis Scott, Post Malone and A$AP Rocky, Rolling Loud Miami 2021 is a triumphant return for live rap music, and a coming out party for risers and new superstars eager to play in front of a festival crowd. Rolling Loud Miami kicks off a massive year for the festival brand, arriving ahead of Rolling Loud New York, headlined by Travis Scott, J. Cole, and 50 Cent, in October and Rolling Loud California, headlined by J. Cole, Kid Cudi, and Future, in December.
During the pandemic, Rolling Loud expanded into much more than just a live festival company. With no in-person show possibilities in sight, Rolling Loud pivoted to become a heavy-hitter in the world of Livestreaming, drawing millions of unique viewers and landing multiple events in Pollstar’s Year-End Livestream Chart. In June 2021, Rolling Loud launched Rolling Loud Presents, their first venture into tour promotions, taking the Rolling Loud experience on the road with a series of tours headlined by some of the biggest stars in hip-hop, including Rod Wave, Trippie Redd, Jack Harlow, and more to be announced.