The bottom of the map may have had the hottest party of the Summer. Atlanta’s Birthday Bash 19 was definitely an occasion that was not to be missed. The city was out, the sun was blazing and so were the live performances. The Bash’s guests featured the charts finest artists from the East, West and South, of course. Included in the lineup were some of the industry’s newest artists, as well as smoke established veterans. Sevyn Streeter, Kid Ink, Ca$h Out, B.o.B., Waka Flocka, YG, Yo Gotti, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy and Future all performed for more than 20,000 fans at Atlanta’s Phillips Arena. There were many surprise guests, as well, including Wiz, Bad Boy Ma$e, Ludacris and more.
The premier lineup began when Sevyn Streeter performed her hottest records “nEXt” and “It Won’t Stop.” Halting her singing to dance exclusively to Chris Brown’s “Loyal”, she gave a final shout out to her proclaimed brother, Breezy. Chris Brown may have been absent, but his presence was felt as Kid Ink took to the stage to perform his song “Show Me” featuring Brown himself.
Ca$h Out’s laid back stage persona had the crowd amped to even his oldest anthems including,“Cashin’ Out” and “She Twerkin.” Keeping the momentum going, the hottest records continued to spin including The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems.” Setting the scene for the the ’80’s born, ’90’s bred attendee’s, MA$e charged onto the stage to rap his most memorable flow of all time beginning with, “Now, who hot who not? Tell me who rock, who sell out in the stores?” Fingers turned into a scissor cutting motion as K Camp came out to perform his single “Cut Her Off” along with A1’s “Everywhere We Go.”
Perhaps the most crowd-oriented performances of the night were Atlanta’s own, B.o.B and Waka Flocka. B.o.B cut into his portion of Ty Dolla $ign’s “Paranoid” just before diving into the crowd with “Still In This.” Waka Flocka turned things up a bit more with his “Grove St. Party” single.
Supporting his most recent album, I Am, released in November of 2013, Yo Gotti reminded the city not to confuse his music with nothing less than street with Snootie Wild by his side to perform “Yayo.” Meek Mill brought Philly to the city with “I’m A Boss” and still managed to captivate the crowd with his 2012 Dreams and Nightmares intro. The biggest Boss of the night was Rick Ross coming out the gate to perform “Pop That,” “Devil Is A Lie” and showing major love to Jay Z with “You Know I Got It.”
The most interesting set of the night belonged to Hot 107.9’s own DJ Drama, who brought out some of today’s newest and most top selling artists on the charts right now. He managed to steal Wiz Khalifa away from #HAW to perform “We Dem Boyz” to a surprised crowd, giving him the best reaction of the night. Having DJ’d most of Hustle Gang’s Young Dro mixtapes, he brought Dro out to perform “FDB”. Drama then passed YG the mic. Bringing Cali to Atlanta, YG took to the stage sporting a black 2Pac t-shirt under classic red plaid, his “Bompton” brim and a fresh pair of Nike Cortez’s. He performed “My Nigga” and, of course, it wouldn’t have been complete without Young Jeezy. The snowman himself took over from there and reached back in his catalog to perform “Bottom of The Map” and “Put On.”
Future, who’s right now holding the fort down for Atlanta, had the last and final set. By now the arena was packed to capacity and were overly ecstatic to hear live renditions of his growing catalog including most songs from his new album, Honest. Future, like Drama, had a slew of surprise guests including Juicy J and Mike Will Make It for “Bandz A Make Her Dance.” Mike Will ran on stage with a red duffle bag full of jersey’s to throw out while rapping lyrics from his song, “23.” Pusha T came out to lend his verse for the number one song in the country, “Move That Dope”. Disturbing the Peace’s Ludacris came out to grace the stage for “Same Damn Time” and “Shit”. See a full gallery of photos and video’s over at Hot 107.9.
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