A$AP Rocky & Bobby Shmurda Bring New York Swagger to Miami’s 2021 Rolling Loud Festival

New York's presence was heavily felt at Rolling Loud Miami's Ciroc Stage on July 23 when A$AP Rocky and Bobby Shmurda arrived on the scene. 

A$AP Rocky & Bobby Shmurda Bring New York Swagger to Miami’s 2021 Rolling Loud Festival

New York’s presence was heavily felt at Rolling Loud Festival Miami’s Ciroc Stage on Friday night (July 23) when A$AP Rocky and Bobby Shmurda arrived on the scene. 

At nearly 9 p.m., Shmurda sauntered on stage and watched a roaring crowd scream his name “Bobby” emphatically. The deafening chants drew smiles from the former embattled star. Upon arrival, he returned the love and graced the crowd with his touted classic “Hot N—-a.” For Shmurda, Rolling Loud marked his first concert performance since his return from prison last February. 

Despite Shmurda’s set only being 15 minutes long, it had several high moments. Not only did he unleash his signature Shmoney Dance to the crowd’s delight, but he previewed two new records, as well.

“I’ve been out here all week,” he exclaimed before his preview. “We been shooting videos for y’all all week. Y’all wanna hear some new sh–?”

Though he was caught in the studio with Meek Mill and DaBaby over the last few months, the pair of hard-hitting tracks he performed found Bobby riding solo without any features. Before he exited, he did dish out two more fan favorites: “Bobby B–ch” and “Computers” sans Rowdy Rebel. 

Following Shmurda’s performance, fans received a high-octane showing from Lil Baby, who graced the Ciroc Stage before the night’s closer A$AP Rocky. Fresh from his Paris Fashion Week trip, Baby didn’t miss a step. From DJ Khaled’s “Every Chance I Get” to his My Turn deluxe standout “All In,” Baby hit all cylinders.

Besides delivering a springy effort on the solo front, Baby also didn’t shy away from bringing out special guests. First, he brought out EST Gee for a hearty rendition of their collaboration “Real As It Gets.” Later, he used his time on stage to spotlight his 4PF artists Rylo Rodriguez, 42 Dugg, with the latter performing “We Paid” alongside the burgeoning executive. Chalynn Moneè — 4PF’s first female artist — joined Lil Baby later on to do a smooth performance of Baby and Gunna’s 2018 hit “Close Friends.” 

By midnight, the crowd’s screams crescendoed as they waited for the arrival of A$AP Rocky. The Harlem polymath surprised everyone when he kicked his performance off from the audience. After fans floated Rocky’s body onto the stage, his enthusiasm was well-received once he took off his TESTING dummy mask. Though Rocky’s set was cut short due to his late start time, he didn’t shy away from giving fans various records.

“I wanna give them some old school A$AP sh–,” he said. I want these n—-s to know how I be.” Instantly, he dashed back in time to perform classics such as “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2″ and “Purple Swag” while also giving his modern-day hits like “Praise the Lord” a nice run on stage.  

Rocky didn’t fall short on the stage props either. He had a crew of bodacious dancers twerking onstage throughout his set, most notably during A$AP Ferg’s performance of “Plain Jane” and G-Eazy’s “No Limit,” with having Rocky handling the chorus without the Bay Area star. Again, the Harlem rapper didn’t have a problem sharing the shine, as he allowed his A$AP partner-in-rhyme, Ferg, to boost the crowd’s energy higher with a booming performance of “Work.” 

Day one was a great start to what looks to be an action-packed weekend in Miami, with more performances to come from Travis Scott, Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Uzi Vert, DaBaby, and more. Be on the lookout for Billboard’s coverage throughout the festival. 

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Taylor Swift Fans Reflect on Powerful Impact of ‘Folklore’ on Album’s First Anniversary

Taylor Swift fans are taking a moment to reflect on the life-changing impact of 'Folklore' on the surprise 2020 album's one-year anniversary.

Taylor Swift Fans Reflect on Powerful Impact of ‘Folklore’ on Album’s First Anniversary

One year after its release, Taylor Swift’s fans are taking a moment to reflect on the life-changing impact of the superstar singer’s eighth album, Folklore.

Released on July 24, 2020, Folklore represented a surprise pivot towards indie-folk that proved a critical and commercial blockbuster for Swift, earning the album of the year Grammy and topping the Billboard 200 albums chart for eight nonconsecutive weeks.

On Saturday (July 24), Swifties celebrated the first anniversary of Folklore on social media with congratulatory messages alongside selfies with their favorite white cardigan, a nod to one of the album’s hit songs, and inspiring words on how the release helped them through the challenging COVID-19 pandemic.

“Happy one year to the album that is everything and quite literally saved so many of us during the chaos an uncertainty of last year,” one fan tweeted. “Love you and your team of folklorians so incredibly much.”

Another Swiftie wrote, “folklore feels like a warm blanket on a cold day, or a warm hug on an especially rough day. Thank you for creating this beautiful album that has saved my life and has made me feel understood. Please never stop making music. I love you.”

Swift herself celebrated Folklore’s first birthday by gifting fans an original version of the album’s bonus track, “The Lakes.”

“It’s been 1 year since we escaped the real world together and imagined ourselves someplace simpler,” the 31-year-old singer tweeted on Saturday. “With tall trees & salt air. Where you can wear lace nightgowns that make you look like a Victorian ghost & no one will side eye you cause no one is around.”

She added, “To say thank you for all you have done to make this album what it was,” she continued, “I wanted to give you the original version of The Lakes. Happy 1 year anniversary to Rebekah, Betty, Inez, James, Augustine and the stories we all created around them. Happy Anniversary, folklore.”

In this week’s Billboard digital cover story, Jack Antonoff, who co-wrote and co-produced “The Lakes” with Swift, first revealed that the bonus song originally existed in a “big orchestral version,” before Swift decided to strip it down. In the days following the publishing of the interview, Swift fans on social media asked to hear the original version of the track.

“On one of my favorite songs on [Swift’s] Folklore, ‘The Lakes,’ there was this big orchestral version, and Taylor was like, ‘Eh, make it small,’” Antonoff says in the digital cover story. “I had gotten lost in the string arrangements and all this stuff, and I took everything out. I was just like, ‘Oh, my God!’ We were not together because that record was made [remotely], but I remember being in the studio alone like, ‘Holy s–t, this is so perfect.’”

See more tweets celebrating the first anniversary of Folklore below.

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