Rolling Loud launched in 2015 with fewer than 7K fans in attendance, and has since then blossomed into a paramount, occupying more than 60K people per festival. Acclaimed as the largest Hip Hop festival in the world, Rolling Loud has disrupted what we know as outdoor concerts–creating unforgettable experiences for Hip Hop lovers and ragers across the globe. And they’re still an independent entity.

One of the most special aspects of Rolling Loud is the platform it gives to local artists and tastemakers within each city that it hits. Already, it has conquered the cities of Miami, Oakland, Los Angeles and regions in Hong Kong and Australia. For the first time, Rolling Loud made its way to the mecca of Hip Hop–New York City (October 12-13).

Chinese Kitty onstage at Rolling Loud in Queens, NYC. Photo by Mickey Pierre-Louis @itchyeyephotos

LouGotCash onstage at Rolling Loud in Queens, NYC. Photo by Amal Flower Kay @Cohibit

Local openers like Chinese Kitty, LouGotCash, Phresher, Coi Leray, Kemba, Mir Fontane and Smooky Margiela let their star-power shine through as they performed tracks familiar to their fans, and ear-opening to spectators.

Although, local festival-goers were robbed of seeing promising NYC rappers like Pop Smoke, Casanova, Sheff G, and Don Q perform at the pivot of their careers (ordered by the New York Police Department), there was still more than enough New York artists to hold it down in their absence.

Photo by Nicolita Bradley @OkayNicolita

Photo by Nicolita Bradley @OkayNicolita

The Fashion Nova stage, Dryp stage, and Sauce stage each showcased artists tailored to that particular stage concept. A$AP Rocky, whom had his first hometown appearance since spending a month in Swedish jail, was celebrated and thrown bras while performing a few classics, and newer material of his. Rocky even treated his die-hard fans to performances by Swae Lee, Ferg, and 50 Cent during his set.

Photo by Mickey Pierre-Louis @itchyeyephotos

Photo by Nicolita Bradley @OkayNicolita

Meg Thee Stallion pleased the crowd showing off how strong her knees are, Da Baby brought high-energy and humorous antics, as Travis Scott literally brought fire to the Fashion Nova stage. New York royalty like A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie did fan-favorites and also brought out r&B artist Queen Naija, as Rico Nasty raged and Melii gave the crowd what they wanted.

Young Dirty Bastard joins original members of Wu Tang Clan onstage at Rolling Loud in Queens, NYC. Photo by Mickey Pierre-Louis @itchyeyephotos

Photo by Kadeem Cobham @arrogantwatcher

The legendary Wu Tang Clan, Meek Mill, YG, Blueface, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Dave East, Saweetie, Dani Leigh, and more held down the Dryp stage over two days, as artists like Fat Joe, Fabolous, Pusha T, Jim Jones, Wale, Young M.A., Curren$y, Kash Doll and more dominated the Sauce stage.

Rolling Loud New York truly catered to its festival-goers with multiple ATMs, bars, charging stations, a beauty bar, a full-length basketball court, a cereal bar, food trucks, merchandise stands, restrooms, and free water for the ragers, of course.

Photo by Mickey Pierre-Louis @itchyeyephotos

Festival goer at Rolling Loud in Queens, NYC. Photo by Mickey Pierre-Louis @itchyeyephotos

Truly New York style.

Rolling Loud Los Angeles is happening December 14-15th. Tickets are on sale now.

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