Top Five moments from Rolling Loud New York 2022

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Rolling Loud has seemingly become the gold standard for all-star lineups. Its New York festival — held this past weekend (Sept. 23-25) at Citi Field in Queens — proved to be another testament to RL’s growing legacy in hip-hop. Recruiting underground stars and rap legends alike, the multi-city festival continues to cultivate a marquee live experience in music.

Following Rolling Loud Miami in July, RLNY featured headliners in J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Future, A$AP Rocky, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Uzi Vert and more, these established superstars were complemented by a slew of the new wave’s current trendsetters. Bktherula, Armani White, Tana, Slump6s, Nardo Wick, yvngxchris, Lancey Foux, SSGKobe, King Combs and others represented the next generation of stars, as hometown favorites like A Boogie, Lil Tecca, Fivio Foreign and Lil Tjay all claimed part of the crown as “King of New York.”

As Rolling Loud continues to curate unforgettable moments — set to return in Los Angeles in 2023 — recap some of our favorite RLNY moments below.

Check out these top five moments from Rolling Loud New York:

Ye makes third surprise appearance at RL

Just months after popping out during Lil Durk’s set at Rolling Loud Miami, Ye set RL crowds ablaze alongside Playboi Carti when they performed their Donda hit “Off The Grid.” Donning all black tracksuits and a mask resembling a space helmet, Ye and Carti turned up the RL crowd to the fullest — making for one of the most legendary first days in festival history.

Carti was added as a special guest to RLNY late last month, and was so excited by his set that he decided to hop into one of his mosh-pits. It was a struggle for Carti to escape the madness, however, he didn’t suffer the same fate as A$AP Rocky. Amid his performance, Carti fans have become restless for new music, as the Opium head honcho has teased two records in NARCISSIST and Music in just two year’s time. Ye has mainly focused on his ventures outside of music as of late, recently splitting from his partnership with Gap in effort to sell YZY products directly to the consumer.

A$AP Rocky is ‘hurt,’ apologizes to fans

Before A$AP Rocky took the stage Saturday night, he issued a notice that Rolling Loud NYC would be his last performance until his upcoming album drops. The Harlem rapper, who headlined Day 2 of the festival, continued to garner hype for his long-awaited LP by performing all new music — like he has been for the past year.

While his performance saw tracks like “SHIRT,” “SIGHTS” and Grim Freestyle” ignite the crowd, it ended on a sour note after his microphone was muted after 30 minutes. Rocky then took to Twitter to apologize to his fans, expressing the “hurt” he felt stemming from his show getting cut short.

“I am so hurt right now! Last night was supposed to be a turning point in my live shows from the old to new! I will take full responsibility for the circumstances of what led to last nights show being everything it was and everything it wasn’t… I was unfortunately not able to bring my vision to fruition and Im hurt about that and want to apologize to all of my fans and continued supporters.”

Rocky via Twitter

Much like Carti, Rocky was so energized by his hometown show that he too hopped into a mosh-pit, where a viral clip captured the chaos he saddled himself with. Rocky also expressed his feelings on NYPD not allowing certain drill rappers into the festival — banning a slew of New York emcees due to the “violent” nature of their music. “NYPD, I love you to death but y’all gotta do better,” he said before performing “SIGHTS.” Nevertheless, Rocky stole the show even if it was just for a half hour.

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Offset and Future let it pour

Off the back of “54321” and “Code” with Moneybagg Yo, Offset is experiencing a major solo moment. Breaking off from his longtime collective the Migos, the YRN emcee didn’t let the rain hinder he and Future’s Rolling Loud performance Sunday night. Appearing alongside Future for a riveting festival finale, the pair trekked on through the pouring rain as long as they could, giving the crowd a night to remember.

Aside from the weather, Future continues his reign as one of hip-hop’s most legendary storytellers, still riding the success of his latest studio album, I NEVER LIKED YOU. Future is known to have notorious Rolling Loud sets, bringing out Ye last year in Miami ahead of his work with him on Donda 2. Set, on the other hand, has been busy prepping for his unnamed sophomore solo album that is now set for release on Nov. 11. Culminating with a wet and wild end to the festival weekend, this moment is the epitome of what it means to be at a superstar-caliber like Future and Offset.

21 Savage swears off future Rolling Loud sets

21 Savage shocked everyone when he revealed via Twitter that he doesn’t plan on performing at another Rolling Loud anytime soon.

“Rolling loud will never get a show out of me ever again,” 21 tweeted, as it’s still unclear as to what provoked Savage’s rather “savage” remarks Sunday night. The Slaughter Gang rapper was slated to perform a nearly two-hour set ahead of Sunday night’s headliner Future, but never made it on stage.

Unconfirmed Twitter reports from RL concertgoers said he arrived too late and was not allowed to perform. Ski Mask The Slump God and Big Sean were among other artists who did not see the stage. Missing out on RLNY, Savage’s latest album Savage Mode II has kept fans company all throughout 2022, but could see the “Knife Talk” spitter grace a few tracks on Metro Boomin’s upcoming record Heroes & Villains.

Lil Tjay performs for first time since injury

Seeing Lil Tjay smiling and jumping around on stage in his hometown of New York was everything we needed. The Bronx rapper, who survived a near fatal injury after being shot seven times in June, had his “Through The Wire” moment with his latest single “Beat the Odds” — performing the track at RLNY on Friday (Sept. 23).

It’s been a long road for Tjay to make his way back to festival stages, as the “Many Men” emcee’s months-long recovery didn’t taint his energy, motivation or talent in his musical endeavors — rather making him stronger for the long haul of superstardom.

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