One MusicFest

By Ben Cheng


In its fourth year, ONE MusicFest blessed Atlanta with another incredible lineup. With headliners Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), classic hip-hop supergroup Goodie Mob, Joey Bada$$ and many more, the music
festival did not disappoint.

Conveniently located at the Masquerade Music Park and Historic Fourth Ward Park, the festival drew a sizable crowd. The combination of artists and clear, sunny weather really created the perfect environment.

Early on in the afternoon, Joey Bada$$ tore up the stage by bringing out fellow Pro Era member Kirk Knight to rap favorite songs such as “Hardknock.” Following the song, Joey B proceeded to spit off the dome in a flawless freestyle.

The star ended his performance with one of the original songs that catapulted him onto the big rap scene: “Survival Tactics.” By paying tribute to his fallen member and close friend Capital Steez, Joey Bada$$ finished his show on a very strong note.

Arguably the face of the new young generation of hip hop, Joey Bada$$ gave one of the best performances of the day.

Later on in the evening, Atlanta-based hip-hop quartet Goodie Mob began their performance on the “Do the Right Thing” stage. Drawing a large crowd, Cee Lo Green and the other members performed several fan favorites.

One of the most memorable moments of Goodie Mob’s show was when the group brought out R&B icon Erykah Badu. They proceeded to perform the classic song “Liberation” by Atlanta’s legendary rap duo OutKast, which energized the crowd.

While Erykah Badu’s presence during Goodie Mob’s performance might have been unexpected, she actually had a set of her own under the alter-ego DJ Low Down Loretta Brown. A very well-respected artist, Badu kept the crowd very entertained with her music.

However, during the show, Ms. Badu’s sound equipment unexpectedly failed. While this might have appeared to be a big obstacle, Erykah Badu smoothly continued her show by singing a couple of her hits.

The night ended with Snoop Dogg’s long-awaited performance. With his appearance at ONE being relatively close to the drop of his new reggae single, “La La La,” I was unsure whether the famous rapper would perform rap or
include some of his newer reggae music.

As it turned out, Snoop Dogg not only performed both styles of his music, but he also paid homage to two of hip-hop’s most iconic figures, Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.

Rapping both Tupac’s hit “America’s Most Wanted” and Biggie’s “Hypnotize,” Snoop Dogg got the crowd incredibly hyped. I could not think of a better way to end the music festival.

The combination of the crowds, artists and weather really made for a fun way to spend your Saturday. Overall, ONE MusicFest was a great event — a perfect way to not only see your favorite up-and-coming artists like Joey Bada$$ but also experience the performances of musical legends like Snoop Dogg.

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