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Lollapalooza 2017: Big Sean Previews New Music, Joey Bada$$ Comes With A Message On Day 4

All good things must come to an end.

The final day of Lollapalooza served as a music festival cool down of sorts. With the four-day musical event ending for the 26th time in Chicago's Grant Park, music lovers got their last dose of feel-good, turn up performances (Aug 6). Nearly two handfuls of hip-hop artists took on one of the 8 stages to re-start the Lolla party one last time.


Big Sean Gets The Crowd Bouncin'

With 2 minutes left until showtime, the Detroit native hit the stage earlier than scheduled and made "Moves" right away. While performing popular singles like "Paradise" to "Mercy" to "Dance (A$$)," Big Sean kept the energy up and hands high.

As he gave all his energy from left to right of the stage, the background's multi-leveled set gave an artistic grittiness and of course more space for the rapper to keep the crowd lit. With a red snap back on backward, he rocked a white tee featuring a photo of the late, great activist Malcolm X and read "Lethal Mind."

That Dope Part: When he surprisingly gave the crowd a preview of his newest collaborative track with fellow rapper Travis Scott.

Power to the people.

Joey Bada$$ Comes With A Message

When it comes to hip-hop lyrics with a message, the Brooklyn-raised rapper is A-1. As gray clouds loomed over the Pepsi stage, a message appeared on the black background screen teasing the audience with a question about whether they want to see the MC. Shortly after in white and flashing red text, it teased, "Text Joey at 1-917-336-1327" before Joey Badass emerged before a projected American flag.

Moshpits tried to form in various sections of the crowd as the All-Amerikkkan Badass hit mic and spit "On & On," "Land of the Free," "Temptation," "For My People" and more.

That Lit Part: When Joey performed "Amerikkkan Idol" and the crowd yelled "f**k white supremacy with him.

Pretty dope.

Boogie Warmed Up At the Toyota Music Den

Mark our words, Boogie is up next. Not to be confused with the Bronx's A Boogie wit da Hoodie or NOLA's Boogie T (who was also on the Lollapalooza lineup), this Boogie hails from West Side Compton, California, and he brought all the flavors that come with it. Before he rocked an even bigger set on the BMI stage, he have early Lolla attendees a sample size at the Toyota Music Den. Here, he roped in the crowd with selections from his Thirst 48, Pt. II mixtape, like "Two Days," "Sunroof" and "N***a Needs." To cap it all off on a high note, he ended in a mosh performance of his throwback favorite, "Oh My."

That Hype Part: After hopping in then out of the crowd, Boogie plucked an extremely excited fan from the crowd up onto the stage to rage around with him (even though his bodyguard tried to shoo the lucky one-time hype man away).

Duckwrth's Brings The Warm Cali Vibes

Many of the artists who graced one of Lollapalooza's many stages sought out to spread an abundance positive vibes in lieu of the weekend's shaky weather forecasts. Enter Duckwrth, the California-bred, dreadlocked rapper with a propensity for broad smiles. The fun connoisseur brought the warmth of his hometown to the BMI stage and mixed it with a funky musical vibe akin to Andre 3000 and Lenny Kravitz. Fans were treated to a dance party soundtracked by goodies from his debut album, I'M UUGLY.

That Sweet Part: Throughout the set, he handed out two handfuls of roses and showered the audience with pretty petals to show his love and appreciation.


If you missed out on being at this year's Lollapalooza, you can catch all of the performance over on Red Bull TV.

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