From special guests like Twista and Shawnna to Lil Durk’s big headlining performance and even bigger proposal, the 2021 WGCI Big Jam was full of highlights.
BY TER STAFF
Saturday night was a BIG night in Chicago at the United Center with the return of WGCI’s annual Big Jam. After taking a year off due to the pandemic, fans instantly sold out the city’s biggest venue for a memorable night of live music.
From some of the night’s early performers like Phor, Queen Key and surprise performances from Crucial Conflict, Twista and Shawnna, to the big closers like Moneybagg Yo, City Girls, Lil Baby and Lil Durk, the night was great from start to finish. The evening was also full of memorable moments, including Lil Durk getting on one knee to propose to India Royal (spoiler alert: she said yes).
Check out our favorite photos from last night WGCI Big Jam below:
Chicago’s Fake Shore Drive celebrated 10 years of helping break some of the biggest names in Chicago music last night with it’s huge anniversary concert at the Portage Theater, for part of Red Bull Sound Select‘s “30 Days In Chicago” series. And what better way to celebrate than boasting performances from some of the best rappers Chicago has to offer, and a huge reunion performance from the legendary hip-hop duo, the Big Tymers.
With a price of admission of only $15, Fake Shore Drive and Red Bull Sound Select gave fans their money’s worth just moments after doors opened, as the night was kicked off with performances and appearances from The Cool Kids, Twista, GLC, King Louie, G Herbo and many more.
But although Chicago kicked off the night, it was Detroit and Cash Money Records which brought the memorable evening to a close. ‘First Day Out’ rapper Tee Grizzley put on a great performance, bringing Detroit to the Windy City and setting the stage for Birdman and Mannie Fresh to put on an unforgettable show, and one of their rare and only performances in the past decade, rapping some Big Tymers classics like ‘Still Fly’, ‘Get Your Roll On’ and more.
Check out our photos from last night’s performance below.
Last night could not have gone any better if you were a rap fan in Chicago, as the WGCI Big Jam delivered! Bringing the biggest lineup in rap to the Windy City, the United Center saw some amazing performances from Chicago’s Vic Mensa, Twista, Do Or Die, Crucial Conflict and Lil Durk, as well as sets from Monica, Bryshere Y. Gray (Hakeem from Empire), Omarion, Rae Sremmurd, Meek Mill, Future and Kendrick Lamar. The night was full of dancing, surprises, and most importantly some great live music! From seeing records like ‘Feel That’, ‘Overnight Celebrity’ and ‘No Type’ performed live, to watching Future and Kendrick kill their headlining sets, the Big Jam will certainly have trouble topping itself in 2016.
The WGCI Big Jam is only days away, as your favorite rappers are headed to the United Center for the Windy City’s biggest rap show of the year. With scheduled performances from Kendrick Lamar, Future, Meek Mill, Omarion, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Durk, Dej Loaf, Monica, Twista, Do or Die, Chicago’s own Vic Mensa and many more, you need to be at the house that Michael Jordan built this weekend. And like any great music fan, we have already started to think about the songs that we absolutely NEED to hear this Sunday.
Hit the jump and check out our list of the 10 songs that we need to hear at the WGCI Big Jam, and if you haven’t yet, get your tickets now while you still can!
The WGCI Big Jam is coming back this year and the lineup could not be any better! Last year we coveredthe 2014 Big Jam at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom with performances by Juicy J, Rae Sremmurd, Migos and more. This year your favorite Chicago radio station is stepping things up by hosting the jam at the United Center, and with performances by Kendrick Lamar, Future, Meek Mill, Fetty Wap, Vic Mensa, Twista with Do or Die, and more! The Big Jam will take place on October 25th this year and you can pre-order your Big Jam tickets now!
Ferg’s long awaited debut solo mixtape is finally here. The Gangsta Grillz project contains 19 tracks and is hosted by DJ Drama. Big Sean, SZA, YG, Twista, M.I.A., Crystal Caines, and more are featured on the tape and production comes Big K.R.I.T., Clams Casino, and more!
Yesterday the first (“but not last”) AAHH Fest! was held in Chicago’s Union Park. The hip-hop festival, pun intended, was certainly a breath of fresh air to showcase Chicago’s role in rap and hip-hop, and much more. Thanks to Chicago’s own, rapper Common, and in partnership with Donda’s House the Common Ground Foundation and the Lupe Fiasco Foundation, concert goers saw performances by Common, Lupe Fiasco, Twista, Jay Electronica, Jennifer Hudson, De La Soul, MC Lyte, many local performers who performed in the event’s early show, and a number of surprises performances from SZA, Lil Mama, Vince Staples, and of course Mr. Kanye West.
A week after Jennifer Hudson was added to the initial lineup of Common’s AAHH! Fest, another Chicago native has been added, rapper Twista. You may know him from ‘Slow Jamz’ or being one of the fastest rappers to every rap, but this Chicago legend will certainly add to the already great lineup.
Later this month, Chicago’s Union Park is hosting Common’s AAHH! Fest. As announced last week, legendary comedian Dave Chappelle will be hosting this years event, which features a number of Chicago artists and one “very special surprise guest”. Time to speculate who that may be!