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Rolling Loud 2017 Lineup Is a Hypebeast's Dream: Kendrick Lamar, Future, Lil Wayne, and Others

Ready for Rolling Loud's 2017 lineup?
Ready for Rolling Loud's 2017 lineup? Photo by Amadeus McCaskill
It’s 8:18 p.m. and I’m on Instagram minding my own business (stalking someone I met at Sidebar), and then I'm tagged with yet another flyer. I don't give a fuck, I think. But then I determine it's Dope Entertainment’s annual hip-hop music festival, Rolling Loud.

And the lineup is stacked. Hundreds of comments begin pouring under the post. They're from hypebeasts with their parents' money, gold-diggers with an agenda, and photographers who “just have to be there.” And then there’s me, a fan of Jazz Cartier, who appeared last year like Christ himself.

When it comes to underground hip-hop shows in Miami, I already know what to expect: an extensive lineup of people I don’t know, someone blowing cheap marijuana in my face, and about 13 people rocking a collapsing stage. Thankfully, since the first Rolling Loud in 2015, it has been better than that. We can look forward to one hell of a lineup at its new Bayfront Park location May 5 through 7.

Known for throwing hip-hop shows anywhere from Orlando to Tampa to Miami, the founders of Dope Entertainment — Matt Zingler and Tariq Cherif — plan to give Miami more than just your average shitty rap show. “Bayfront is a venue we'll be able to grow within for years to come,” Cherif said in a recent interview. In the past, the duo has been criticized for the fest's lack of structure, pay-for-play tactics, poor sound quality, and flooding. But this year, attendees can expect even bigger production and a smoother ticketing process than last year’s festival.

The lineup includes hip-hop favorites Kendrick Lamar, Future, A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, and Travis Scott, along with local acts Robb Bank$, Denzel Curry, IndigoChildRick, and Kodak Black, if he doesn’t go back to jail for a pending charge.

The festival will span two stages and three days, topping last year’s two days. There's more ground to cover and a larger production space at Bayfront Park than there was during the last edition at Mana Wynwood.

Here's the full 2017 Rolling Loud lineup:
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Future
  • Lil Wayne
  • A$AP Rocky
  • Travis Scott
  • Young Thug
  • Mac Miller
  • Kevin Gates
  • Tyler the Creator
  • Post Malone
  • Lil Uzi Vert
  • Migos
  • 21 Savage
  • Kodak Black
  • Lil Yachty
  • Joey Bada$$
  • Action Bronson
  • Flatbush Zombies
  • Curren$y
  • Aminé
  • Denzel Curry
  • Seshollowaterboyz
  • Playboi Carti
  • Chief Keep
  • Rob $tone
  • Blackbear
  • Robb Bank$
  • Wifisfuneral
  • Xxxtentacion
  • The Underachievers
  • Mick Jenkins
  • Nebu Kiniza
  • Jazz Cartier
  • Rich Chigga
  • Larry June
  • Trill Sammy
  • Zoey Dollaz
  • Kembe X
  • A. Chal
  • Azizi Gibson
  • Chaz French
  • Eearz
  • Jay IDK
  • Bobo Swae
  • Topaz Jones
  • Impxct
  • Uma Jolie
  • Malcolm Anthony
  • Saint Jhn
  • Polly A
  • IndigoChildRick
Rolling Loud Festival 2017
With Kendrick Lamar, Future, Lil Wayne, and others. 2 p.m. Friday, May 5, through Sunday, May 7, at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; Tickets cost $200 via
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Cristina Jerome is a freelance music writer and event producer based in South Florida. She spends her time listening to R&B and making purple flower crowns. Follow her work on