New year, new location, new lineup, but the one thing that didn’t change is the amazing experience that Rolling Loud provides to fans in Miami. Now held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, the world’s premiere rap music festival kicked off it’s amazing 2018 lineup today.
With highly anticipated performances from J. Cole, Lil Uzi Vert, N.E.R.D, Young Thug, Tory Lanez, The Diplomats, Russ and many more, fans had a ton of artists to choose from on Friday. Where else can you see Lil Uzi Vert try to top his viral 2017 performance and hear cuts from J. Cole’s brand new album, KOD?
Pharrell brought out the best surprise guest that Rolling Loud could ask for last night, and it’s not the type of person you’d expect. Rather than bring out another rapper, Pharrell Williams went a few steps further for N.E.R.D’s set at Rolling Loud in Miami.
After talking about the state of our country and all the tragedy around us, Pharrell invited the “Waffle House Hero”, James Shaw Jr., to join him on stage. Williams commended him for his bravery and public service, after Shaw not only disarmed a gunman at a Waffle House this past month but also raised money for the victim’s funeral costs.
Rolling Loud was witness to a true hero and a rap legend on Friday night.
We shouldn’t really need to spell out reasons of why you need to attend Rolling Loud this year, the stacked lineup practically sells itself, but we’re going to anyways.
Not only is the rap music festival in Miami arguably the best music festival of the year (for a second straight year), but fans will have opportunities to hear a bunch of exclusive performances for the first time. From La Flame to Postey and more, you can expect a number of artists to make some live debuts at Rolling Loud.
Check out our list of our five reasons you can’t miss Rolling Loud 2018 below.
It’s the best festival lineup of the year
Let’s be real, for the second straight year, Rolling Loud’s Miami festival has the best lineup of all music festivals. Perhaps even the greatest rap festival lineup of all-time, this year’s lineup boasts performances from Future, J. Cole, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, N.E.R.D., Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Post Malone, Russ and many more. From Friday to Sunday, start to finish, Rolling Loud has the best rappers in the game right now!
Party like a rockstar to Beerbongs & Bentleys
Post Malone is celebrating the release of his brand new album, Beerbongs and Bentleys, and fans will get a chance to hear Post perform the album’s tracks live at Rolling Loud this year. Don’t be surprised if Post Malone makes a number of live performance debuts from the new LP in Miami next month.
New music from Travis Scott?
Travis Scott possibly had the best set at Rolling Loud last year, and you should expect him to deliver the same energy for his performance this year. Anything can happen at the night show, even the debut of new music. Travis Scott told fans on Twitter today that this week is the week that fans eat, which likely means new music. Scott and Kanye West hinted at the release of a brand new collaboration with Lil Uzi Vert, so perhaps La Flame and Uzi will perform the track at Rolling Loud. Wishful thinking!
The undercard is ridiculously good
It’s not just the headliners that make Rolling Loud 2018 so great! A simply review of the festival poster will show you how deep the lineup really is this year. You shouldn’t only be excited for J. Cole and Travis Scott, you also need to get excited for Smino, Jaden Smith, Juvenile, Bas, Lil Xan, Wifisfuneral and J.I.D. to name a few.
Be one of the first to hear KOD live
J. Cole just released his new record breaking album, KOD, and it’s an instant fan favorite. Cole’s loyal fan base will definitely come in waves for Rolling Loud 2018, and Rolling Loud will be Cole’s first U.S. performance since releasing the album. Therefore it will be your first chance to hear the new LP live and in person. Needless to say, you’ll want to be at Rolling Loud in person as J. Cole shuts thing down on Friday night.
With weekend one of Coachella in the rear view window, it’s time to get excited for Miami’s Rolling Loud. With the best festival lineup in the country last year, expectations for Rolling Loud 2018 were very high (no pun intended). Lucky for music fans in Florida and rap fans around the world, Rolling Loud delivered with an epic 2018 lineup that looks to be even better than 2017.
With anticipated performances from J. Cole, Cardi B, Young Thug, Post Malone, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, Migos, Russ, N.E.R.D and many more, you can’t go wrong with whatever performances you catch over the weekend.
If you’ve been living under a rock, Rolling Loud will take place from May 11-13 at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. Fans can visit the festival’s official website for more information!
Hit the jump and check out our list of our ten most anticipated performances for Rolling Loud 2018.
The 6 God has blessed the Rihanna-assisted N.E.R.D. comeback single, by jumping on the official remix of ‘Lemon’. Now with Drake on the record, the addictive single is even that much better, and it reminds us of how well Drake and Rihanna fit together on a track.
Drake is still enjoying the mega success of his song ‘God’s Plan’, he’s rumoredly working with Kanye West on a potential joint album, and now a new song with N.E.R.D., needless to say Drake is on top of the world right now.
Ahead of their anticipated performance at ComplexCON, N.E.R.D, which is comprised of Pharrell, Chad Hugo and Shay Hayley, has returned with their first new track since 2010.
With a rare rap verse from Rihanna, ‘Lemon’ has that classic N.E.R.D sound, proving that the trio hasn’t lost a step. Although Pharrell confirmed that the group was working on new music in 2015, the new record still comes as a big surprise to music fans everywhere. Let’s just hope that an entire album and a forthcoming tour will soon follow.