The largest event at Dorothea Dix Park. The inaugural Dreamville Fest went live April 6th and it was a dream come true. It was a success! The sold out event consisted of 18 performers and 40,000 attendees that went all out and made April 6, 2019 one for the books. The day went smoothly despite the muddy grounds we treaded and the lack of cell phone service. It was beautiful to hear that there wasn’t a soul that complained. Everyone was just happy to be at the festival. Fans even posted their muddy shoes as if they were trophies. We would not be surprised if they placed them on a shelf instead of throwing them in the washer.
Dreamville and ScoreMore put on one hell of a show! The day ended with J. Cole‘s highly anticipated set. The performance took our breath away and had us in awe as we watched the grown Simba glow in his red Cardoni-made Dreamville jersey. It was truly a celebration. A celebration of how far the Dreamville label has come. Fans are already looking forward to next year and so are we! Here are some of the highlights from Dreamville Festival 2019:
Bas brings out Lion Babe
Aside from Cole, the loudest and most lit audience was during Bas‘ set. The people went crazy as he performed his biggest hits and tracks from his latest project Milky Way. Bas brought out Lion Babe to perform “Spaceships + Rockets.”
Nipsey Hussle and Mac Miller Murals on the festival grounds
Dreamville folks are always humble. That is what we love the most about them! We are not surprised that they use their platform to shed light on late hip-hop stars Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle. Murals were placed in the middle of the field so fans can take pictures with them.
SZA dances to Megan Thee Stallion’s “Big Ole Freak”
SZA is a bright ray of sunshine. She had the crowd whooing as she twerked to Megan Thee Stallion‘s hit “Big Ole Freak.” This was definitely one of our favorite moments from the festival.
Big Sean’s tribute to Nipsey Hussle
Big Sean raps a heartfelt verse in honor of Nipsey. This had the entire crowd moved and proud. Nipsey was heavy on everyone’s mind during the festival and we were happy to see our favorite stars direct focus to his passing.
Teyana Taylor honors Nipsey Hussle during performance of “Gonna Love Me”
We absolutely love this record but wow! It really hit us differently as Teyana Taylor performed it at Dreamville Fest while a Nipsey slide-show played in the background. Teyana even grabbed a blue baseball cap while she performed it.
The positive vibes
We are tremendously proud of the positive vibes surrounding the festival from start to finish. People definitely used the festival as paradise. Drinks, food, performances, and more. Dreamville Festival was a breath of fresh air.
Nelly performing throwbacks
Seeing Nelly in a Dreamville t-shirt had us shook. We realized time really does fly as Nelly performed his hits like “Ride Wit Me” and “Country Grammar.” The St. Louis native did a incredible job and had viewers dancing.
J.Cole performs ‘Love Yourz’ for Nipsey
We expected a tribute to Nipsey during Cole’s performance but we did not expect it to be during “Love Yourz.” Tears definitely fell as we watched Nipsey’s XXL freshman cover peer perform his famous record. This moment will be remembered forever.
J. Cole and 21 Savage performs “A lot”
This festival wouldn’t have been complete if Cole and 21 didn’t perform this record. The performance was crazy and was even more special knowing that 21 is still here with us. This was the first time the two performed the hit together. We really felt the energy of this moment!
J. Cole brings out Meek Mill
Never thought we would see Meek and Cole share a stage. Before bringing Meek out, Cole revealed that Nipsey’s passing encouraged him to give Meek his flowers while he can still smell them. J. Cole expressed he is proud of Meek’s leadership in the black community.
J. Cole performs “Grown Simba”
If you are a day one J. Cole fan you know how powerful this performance was. In “Grown Simba,” Cole spoke everything he has now into existence. J. Cole always does exactly what he says he is going to do. He is most definitely a rockstar!
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