Sebastian Maldonado

Over the weekend I got to head to Miami for the Rolling Loud Festival. Rolling Loud has in only in few years has quickly escalated to one of the biggest 3 day HipHop festival in the U.S. So when Wiz was announced I was very excited that we would be apart of it. The line up this year was stacked. From heavy hitters like J.Cole, Travis Scott, Migos, and Future to the new school turn up kids like Lil’ Pump, Ski Mask the Slump God, and Playboy Carti.

I was only able to attend the day of our performance Day 2. On that night Migos, Travis Scott and, of course, Wiz were the headliners for the night. I’ve played many festivals with Wiz including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo, but I’ve never seen a festival like this. That many rappers on three different stages for over three days is just a huge feat to pull off.

Sebastian Maldonado

When I arrived to the venue on Saturday, it was exactly how I imagined.  Can I use the term “Shit Show” without it being a negative term? I saw 65,000 hip-hoppers moving around stage-to-stage in rainy conditions enjoy rapper-after-rapper. I honestly don’t know if I personally enjoy hip hop in this type of presentation, but for fans of hip-hop to be able to get so many tastes of up-and-coming and legendary artists all in one weekend is a treat.

Being backstage at the festivals is always a blast. You’ll never know who you’ll run into! I got to catch Puff Daddy and DJ Khaled chopping it up. The big surprise was to see Meek Mill, this would be his first performance since being freed from prison. I definitely had to check that out.

With all that surrounds the Meek Mill situation, seeing Meek take the big stage was a moment for hip-hop. You know when you hear “Dreams and Nightmares” in the club and everyone goes nuts? Imagine a festival-worth of people screaming “Hold up wait a minute….!” An awesome moment.

I spent most of my time preparing for the our set with the band rather than enjoying the sights and sounds of the festival. Not as fun, but I’m there to do a job. When it was time to take the stage we were ready.

Sebastian Maldonado

Billboard said “Wiz Khalifa Flexes Through the Best Sounding Set of the Night.” Pretty great praise, considering the other 2 headliners that night were Travis Scott and Migos. I think that’s what kind of sets us apart. A lot of the acts of the day were just DJ playing the song while the rapper fights their own lyrics over the track. There is still something musical that Wiz brings with our band, and it definitely sets us apart.

I’ve been touring with Wiz for over eight years and still we are out here drawing crowds and impacting people lives. In other words, we’re still smokin’!

Sebastian Maldonado

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