After watching Rae Sremmurd, Lil Xan and more lead the way for the hip-hop side on Saturday (Aug. 18) at the Hot 100 Fest, a new crop talent marched their way onto Jones Beach Theater to delivery electrifying performances their own.
On Sunday (Aug. 19) fans journeyed all over the venue in hopes catching Future, French Montana, Rich the Kid and more obliterate what was left Jones Beach Theater after a smoky Saturday. With a hearty serving hip-hop across the lineup, fans certainly did not leave disappointed. Check out some the highlights from Sunday below.
Rich the Kid Shines Bright on the Sun Stage
Already a ble candidate for hip-hop's Rookie the Year, Rich the Kid charged through his set with his sturdy level confidence. Though he and French Montana were locked in a time battle because their sets, an undeterred RTK commanded the packed crowd at the Sun Stage with surgical precision.
Tracks like "Early Morning Trapping" and "Leave Me" were favorites among the festival goers, but once "Plug Walk" and "New Freezer" blared through the speakers, the crowd's screams and howls reached a deafening crescendo.
French Montana Has an "Unforgettable" Outing
As previously mentioned, fans were conflicted as to whether they should go see French Montana or Rich the Kid since they both were on at the same time. While RTK held down the fort at the Sun Stage, Montana made sure to keep the party going at the Hot 100 Stage. For the Bronx star, he easily won the fans over with his treasured catalog.
Donning a blue bomber jacket with New York emblazoned on the front, the jol Billboard cover star not only skated through his local hits "Shot Caller," A$AP Ferg's "Work (Remix)" and "Ain't Worried About Nothin'," he also dished out sizable treats in the form "Unforgettable," "Pop That" and more.
Bhad Bhabie Shrugs Off the Haters
Unfortunately for Bhad Barbie, she faced the arduous task brushing f hecklers during her 8 p.m. set at the Beach Stage. Though she managed to have a large showing, many fans mistreated the young star by throwing their wristbands onstage during her performance.
Clearly vexed by their disrespectful antics, Bhabie sent out a message to her haters. "When you keep doing dumb shit like throwing wristbands], I'm gonna get the fuck f the stage," she said. "Do y'all wanna be grown and stop acting like children and finish the damn show?" After giving the crowd a warning, Bhabie performed several notable records such as "Trust Me," "Both Em" and "These Heaux."
Bhabie even brought out Bella Thorne — who performed earlier on in the day — to serve as a special guest during her performance "Whatcu Know." While Bhabie's dancers kept twerking amidst the hate, fans continued to chuck their wristbands onstage in hopes agitating the young rapper. Thorne, perturbed by their rudeness, also sent a message to the haters in the crowd: "I'm gonna be pissed if you hit my girl," she said. Still, despite the animosity, Bhabie valiantly pushed forward and finished her set.
Machine Gun Kelly Is the Rock Star Jones Beach Needs
Before Machine Gun Kelly walked onstage for his outing, voluminous roars "MGK" blanketed the Sun Beach area. At 8:30, Kelly came out and delivered a thunderous performance "Wild Boy." With red strobe lights beaming on the Bad Boy star, Kelly flew through "Golden God" before issuing a bold statement to Billboard about his placement on the lineup. "I'm alright with being on this stage, but new year I'm trying to be over there," said Kelly as he pointed towards the main stage.
Rather than be dejected by his place on the bill, MGK showed and proved why he's more than capable handling a larger set. The boisterous MC channeled his inner rock star and climbed not only his stage's speakers, but even his partner's drum set during "Bad Motherfucker."
Kelly's versatility shined, as he later got on the guitar and demonstrated his wizardry on the strings while performing "Let It Go." To cap f his roaring set, Kelly finished strong and paid homage to his hometown with a searing showing "Til I Die."
Future Closes Things Out With a Bang
After fans were captivated by DJ Snake's beat drops, Future had the honor closing out the action-packed weekend. Instead showing up at 10:30, Future elected to come out 10 minutes early to get the ball rolling for the thousands fans who came to see him.
Off the rip, Future dashed his way onstage, jumping into his 2012 song "Same Damn Time." Hungry to leave an indelible mark on this year's festivities, Future leaned on all entries his unblemished catlog. From DS2's "Thought It Was a Drought" to the self-titled's "Rent Money" to Honest's "Move That Dope." Future's sizzling track record kept the audience buzzing. Fans were not only enraptured by Future's hits, but also his team talented dancers. Sporting all-white outfits, his crew lit up the stage with their funky moves, as they added an extra dimension to Future's already-promising set.
The Beast Mode star also had no problem looking back at some his best features, as well, as he entertained the crowd with his verses on cuts like "Bitches Love Me," "Bugatti," and "New Level." Still, at the end the day, Future's loaded set-list was filled with titillating solo cuts that his avid fans would best appreciate. "Mask Off," "Trap N—as" and "March Madness" all found a home during the ATL rapper's hour-long set. If it was up to Future, he would have probably kept the show going, but instead, he rightfully closed things out with his final song — "Wifi Lit," opener to this year's Beast Mode 2 — at 11:15.