RECAP: Broccoli City Festival 2018

All photos courtesy of Miguel Crespo for RESPECT. You can check out more of his work here.

This year, the Broccoli City Festival came out with a bang, from the amazing lineup to their conferences. The performers included Migos, Cardi B, Miguel, H.E.R., Daniel Caesar and many more. The tickets were sold out weeks after the initial announcement. This is Broccoli’s fifth year in doing these festivals, bringing attention to Earth Day and helping to build communities for the future generation.

Rich The Kid was going up the whole performance. He performed most of the hit singles off of his new album, The Word is Yours — including “Plug Walk” (which has gone platinum twice) and “New Freezer” (which originally sees assistance from Kendrick Lamar).

H.E.R. came out with an elegant flow that will have you speechless after her set closes. She performed numerous hit singles off of her Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 EPs. She also gave us a preview of her new single (BCFest attendees were the first ones to hear it) from a forthcoming album in the works. Her song transitions on stage were a game changer. With a live band and background vocalists backing her, most people were really excited to see her perform her soulful songs and got more than enough in return.

Nipsey Hussle gave us a West Coast performance that we will never forget. His set us a taste of what his Victory Lap tour would look like. as he performed his latest songs off of his official debut album. He ended his set by playing “F Donald Trump” (which features YG) while superimposing the now infamous photo of a MAGA hat-wearing Kanye West on the screen; he added that ‘Ye has lost his mind following a recent Twitter rant about Trump. Peep the small clip below:

😳 @nipseyhussle #kanyewest #fdt

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The Bronx native Cardi B had fun with her set. Fans were hyped for her last performance before she gives birth to her baby girl, and she definitely turned up in D.C. She came out delivering bars from her single “Get Up on 10,” off her debut (and Gold) album, Invasion of Privacy. She gave us a little twerk session when she performed the YG-assisted “She Bad” (of which she will have a visual for post-baby delivery). As a final song before she left the stage, she performed a five-times Platinum record “Bodak Yellow,” which everyone knew word for word.

Last but not least were amazing performances from R&B heartthrob Miguel and current Rap kings Migos, who brought the house down with their long list of chart-topping hits. You can check out more pics from those acts below.

All-in-all, BCFest continue to outdo themselves year-after-year with great music, great food choices, creative activities and A-list surprises — word to Sasha Obama. I can only imagine what they have in store for next year.

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