H.E.R., Big Sean And Nas Bring The Heat On Day 1 Of One MusicFest
Day 1 of Atlanta’s One MusicFest didn’t disappoint as hip-hop and R&B’s biggest names in music touched down in the peach state Saturday (Sept. 8). The unique blend of vibes included soulful creatives like Jessie Reyez, Teedra Moses, H.E.R. and Miguel while hip-hop’s finest like Big K.R.I.T, Big Sean and Nas kept the audience rocking.
Those who bend genre lines like Davido, Goldlink and DVSN also pushed through with stellar performances.
Here’s what you missed from Day 1.
Jessie Reyez Performs New Single, “F**k Being Friends” And Drops Spiritual Vitamins
The singer-songwriter had an early set on the Ford Stage but it didn’t stop fans from jamming in the heat to hits like “Apple Juice,” “Shutter Island” and “Body Count.” The audience was evenly divided with new and old fans, who Jessie welcomed with open arms. “Sing it mama,” was heard from the aunties in the crowd who had the chance to hear her massive hit “Figures” for the first time.
She also performed her new single “F**k Being Friends” which touched every situationship happening in the crowd. Lyrics like “My pu**y beat better than my heart do? Boy, please, you ain’t blind, you’re a smart dude, So why you pu**y-footin’ on this part two?” warranted some clutched pearls.
That Dope Part
Before settling into her bar stool and grabbing her guitar for “Figures,” the singer spoke about the importance of rising above the darkness. “If there’s anybody in this s**t right now, in that darkness or a friend that’s in that darkness, tell them they’re gonna be fine,” she said. “They can cry, they can be sad but don’t get stuck there. Be your own hero lift yourself up and keep it moving the f**k forward, it’s all a learning lesson.”
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Truer words have never been spoken.
Teedra Moses Cools Us Down With Soulful Set
As the clouds parted and the heat blanketed Central Park, Teedra Moses arrived on the main stage to bless us with her resounding vocals. The singer holds plenty of R&B hits in her treasure chest like “Be Your Girl,” “You’ll Never Find (A Better Woman)” and “Can’t Be Luv.” Her talented band replicated her sample of Outkast’s “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” on “No More Tears” effortlessly. She also paid tribute to the late Aretha Franklin with a sweet rendition of “I Say a Little Prayer.”
That Fashionably Lit Part
The singer wasn’t worried about the festival grounds as she rocked a light camino with stiletto heels on and off stage. Other looks that demanded the festival stages were Davido’s “Wild Ones” tee, Goldlink’s colorful flannel and Daniel Daley’s (DVSN) stunna shades.
DVSN Blends The Hits With Modern R&B Classics
The R&B wave continued to rule Day 1 by way of Daniel Daley of DVSN. The singer breezed through the cuts like “Mood” and “Don’t Choose” from their latest album, Morning After. Dancers from other sets as well as fans had no qualms belting the early tracks like “Try/Effortless” and their brilliant blend of 2000s R&B jams from Usher, J. Holiday, Beyonce and Alicia Keys. Fans seemed to love the body roll jams but were more than ready to recite the gentle closer, “Body Smile.”
That Lovely Part
In addition to fan support, Jessie Reyez stayed after her set to check out DVSN. Other lovely surprises also included Lloyd coming out with Big K.R.I.T. to perform their nostalgic hit, “1999.”
H.E.R. and Miguel Bridge R&B’s Receptive Generation Gap
R&B’s generational gap is filled with love and support from soul lovers of any decade. It’s why the nayhoos flowed to and from the stage during H.E.R. and Miguel sets. Those seasoned in their knowledge of soul appreciated Miguel’s sultry performances of “How Many Drinks?,” “Adorn” and “The Thrill” while H.E.R. owned her set with “Best Part,” “Say it Again” and “2.” It’s clear the genre is in regal form.
Big Sean Pays Homage To Mac Miller
The hip-hop community and beyond have shown their love and appreciation for Mac Miller, who died on Friday from an apparent overdose. Sean, who was one of the many people touched by Miller, played “Loud” before his performance.
Opening his set with the extended version of “Paradise,” the Detroit MC took his fans on a voyage through his extensive catalog, which included early jams like “A$$,” and “Marvin & Chardonnay.” But before we went back, Sean leaped forward with his verses from the YG and G.O.O.D. Music posse cuts like “Big Bank,” “Clique” and “Mercy.” Rocking a vintage Freaknik tee, Sean kept the same energy throughout the 90-minute set with the inspiring closer, “One Man Can Change The World.”
That Hilarious Part:
The rapper’s take on the Roy Purdy dance is one for the history books.
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Students Of Hip Hop Gather For A Lesson From Nas
As the closer of Day 1, Nas flowed through his classic discography as main stage attendees recited every word. As a festival mainstay, Mr. Jones had everyone grooving, even the stern security guards. From “NY State of Mind” to “One Mic,” the legend didn’t waste any time keeping the crowd on their feet.
See the line up for Day 2 here.