Rap fans revel in Rolling Loud festival despite Miami’s heat

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Rap music fans streamed into Miami’s Bayfront Park Friday for the start of the the third annual Rolling Loud hip-hop music festival, a sold-out, three-day show featuring Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$ and Future on two stages.

A few hundred people were on hand for the opening act, Chicago’s own Kembe X, who started the show with a number that repeated “B**** you know I had the gas on me.” He then broke into an acapella free style rap, revving up the crowd of mostly teens and young adults of all races.

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Friday afternoon the temperature reached 84 degrees, relieved in part by cloudy skies. On the second stage, Earz ran around shirtless and ordered event organizers to “Bring more waters to my stage right now.”

He then threw water bottles in the audience and sprayed water on the crowd.

Before the show opened, police had advised concert-goers to stay in the shade, hydrate and not to take drugs or drink excessively.

Joemmi Beanett came from Orlando to attend the festival.

She and her friend, Dianna Dejada of Naples, said they were most excited to see Travis Scott, who doesn’t take the stage until Sunday night.

They said they paid about $280 each for tickets to the three-day festival.

Rolling Loud runs from 4 p.m. Friday to 11 p.m. Sunday and has sold out all 40,000 tickets. It was previously held in Wynwood and has mushroomed since it attracted 6,500 fans in 2015.

Miami Herald Staff Writer Carol Rosenberg assembled this story from Scheckner and Randle’s field reports.

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