As summer winds down (for some of us), One MusicFest made sure the season went out with a bang with performances by T.I., Monica, Big Boi, 2 Chainz, George Clinton and many more Sunday (Sept. 9). Atlanta's Central Park was back in action for Day 2 thanks to artistic sets by Monica, Kelis and August Greene and Big Boi.
As over 20,000 filled the festival grounds, it was a sweet reminder of just how far the One MusicFest has come. In its early years, the fest was housed at the Lakewood Amphitheatre and Masquerade Park but Central Park felt fitting for playful activations, a wide variety of food trucks–like vegan roti–and the performances.
After shutting down Genius' BBQ hangout the night before, 2 Chainz arrived at a packed utopia of music lovers. While his family looked on, the rapper opened his set to "No Problems" and made sure to tap into his old life as Tity Boi with "Duffle Bag Boy."
No stone nor hit was left unturned by the rapper who is expected to release his forthcoming album Rap or Go to the League, this year.
Here's more of what you missed from Day 2 below.
Kelis And Rapsody Bring Big Female Energy For Fans
With cumulus clouds circling the festival grounds, the heat was easy to bare during Kelis and Rhapsody's sets, respectively. Kelis arrived at the Ford Stage in a vintage rouge jumper paired with accessories from Melody Eshani, reminding everyone of her eclectic style. From big tunes like “Trick Me” and “Get Along With You” to the ubiquitous “Milkshake,” the singer-songwriter-chef still has the goods.
Rapsody welcomed attendees to the main stage with lyrical dynamite from her critically acclaimed album, Lailah's Wisdom. With her band in tow, the North Carolina native felt right at home with performances of “Black & Ugly,” and “Power.” She also paid dipped and dabbed with renditions of the late Notorious B.I.G.’s “Kick in the Door.” Towards the end of her set, the creative dropped gems on protecting your energy.
“You gotta believe in yourself before anybody else can,” she said. “Keep doing what you’re doing and trust, all long as you put something into it, you’ll get what you put into it out.”
That Fancy Part: Kelis didn’t waste any time getting back to business. Just a few hours after her set, she headed to New York to accept her award at the Essence Street Style Festival.
OMF Welcomes The Next Batch Of R&B Adjacent Acts With Open Arms
Legacy acts may have filled up the One MusicFest flyer, but independent artists also made their voices and creative sounds present over the weekend. Felixx, the winner for the festival’s “Searching for The One” contest, brought love and warm energy to his set Saturday (Sept. 8).
Fellow candidates in the contest who also had to chance to perform included singer-violinist Angelina Sherie and The Band of Brothas.
George Clinton Bids Farewell To Music With Legendary Set
The Mothership of Funk arrived in Atlanta by way of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Mr. Clinton, with the help of his commanding funk soldiers, took fans to the past with cuts from Maggot Brain, Mothership Connection, Chocolate City and many more from the group’s extensive catalog. Clinton might not have the same loud threads as his heyday, but the energy continued thanks to recent tunes from the new class of funk like singer Brandi Scott. The singer-songwriter possessed the spirit of the funk master with her glitzy crown and soothing vocals.
The performance has been noted as his last before entering retirement, but the 77-year-old didn’t miss a step during the loving and funky set.
That Black Part:
Atlanta is nothing without its Divine 9 family. Feeling the funk from the crowd, Que Dogs were welcomed on stage and performed with the band.
ATL Crunk Set Might Turn You Into An ATLien
No matter who or where you’re from, the Crunk Era of the mid-aughts got you on your feet and lit up your MySpace pages. Led by DJ sets by DJ Nabs and DJ Kilo Ali, the main stage transformed in a family reunion with the Ying Yang Twins, Trillville and YoungBloodZ. Dancers brought their best twerk and A-town stomp on the stage as The East Side Boyz (sans Lil Jon) performed “Get Low,” “Snap Yo Fingers” and “What You ‘Gon Do.” It didn’t stop there as Trillville performed “Some Cut.” Kaine and D-Roc of the Ying Yang Twins kept the party going with “Salt Shaker,” “Wait (The Whisper Song)” and more of their chart-topping hits. Closing out the set was Sean P and J-Bo of YoungBloodZ who breezed through their respective hits like “Damn!” and “Presidential.”
That Crunk Part: Fabo. Was. There.
Monica Pays A Sisterly Tribute To Lauryn Hill
Just a week before One MusicFest kicked off, the lineup featured a few changes like the replacements of Brandy and Jeezy with Monica. With her family in tow, the R&B queen graced the stage to belt out the best of the best from her lengthy discography.
Love calls on songs like “For You I Will,” “So Gone,” and “Love All Over Me.” Her fans, including most of the media pit, tried their best to match her vocals during the bridge to “Why I Love You So Much.”
We all failed obviously, but Monica continued to the provide the crowd with love and support during her performance. Between songs, Monica sent loads of appreciation to fellow icons like Aretha Franklin and Ms. Lauryn Hill. Lending a loving hand to Ms. Hill, the College Park native explained how she’s dealt with peers transitioning into the snakes in the grass. In a special tribute, Monica then performed “Lost Ones” as the crowd jumped with glee.
That Touching Part:
The real showstopper of the evening had to be the singer’s daughter Laiyah who sang with her mother on stage.
A King Returns To His Castle
Fresh from announcing the arrival of his new album, The Dime Trap, T.I. hit the main stage to celebrate 15 years of Trap music with his long list of hits. The King of the South was welcomed with open arms as while performing cuts from iconic albums like King, Urban Legend Paper Trail and the coveted classic, Trap Muzik. While young fans stood in the awe of the rap legend, those from the school of Tip chanted the rowdy "U Don't Know Me," gritty "24s," and the lovely "Whatever You Like," as the ladies cheered on.
But it wasn't all just vintage rhymes. Tip performed verses from his new singles, "Jefe" and "Wraith." The climatic tracks seemed to be right for the moment, reminding everyone of the rapper's lyrical prowess.
That Lit Part:
Atlanta's loyalty to their the own continued through Tip's set as the rapper played "Dey Know" in honor of the late Shawty Lo. He also shared the stage with buzzing rapper Transless, Grand Hustle affiliate Young Dro, Lil Duval to perform "Smile (Living My Best Life)" and his entire family.
That Funny Part:
After going through a few outfit changes, the rapper became the butt of jokes for his so-called Dad bod which he promises won't last long. "Uh-Oh... these muuuf**kaz called me “Dad-Body,” he said while giving his trainer a shout out on Instagram. "@fitbyjoc WE BACK ON!!!!"