Just hours before he took the stage at the Roots Picnic, the North Philly rapper Lil Uzi Vert – who’s real name is Symere Woods – took to South Street to pull up on fellow rapper in Atlanta’s Rich the Kid.
The two have exchanged words in past and noted that their beef was squashed, but that appeared anything but as video posted on Instagram showed the rapper confronting Rich the Kid and his entourage, while a second video showed a full-blown brawl breaking out in Starbucks. The two had been trading insults at each other on social media for months. Their feud reached a new level in March when Rich the Kid released the song “Dead Friends,” which took direct shots at Vert.
However, it’d be hard to tell all that went down a just few hours before Vert took to the stage at Festival Pier for his headline performance, wearing an oversized red jacket – which he later ripped off to reveal a red leather harness strapped to his chest. He completed the look with red leather pants and matching Triple S Balenciaga sneakers.
While on stage, he performed old favorites like “Money Longer,” “Do What I Want,” and “Of Course We Ghetto Flowers.” He also performed “XO Tour Llif3” and “Sauce it Up,” which appeared on his 2017 album Luv is Rage 2. Upon its release, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
The Festival Pier crowd stayed hype as he continuously danced and jumped around from each side of the stage. He also jumped into a crowd surf for a short while before being picked up and placed back on to the stage by a security guard.
The rapper’s Roots Picnic performance comes nearly two weeks after his cancelled set at the Santa Teresa Festival in Sainte-Therese, Quebec. After news broke that Vert was turned away at the Canadian border, a number of fans rushed the stage in frustration and destroyed stage equipment.
This year’s Roots Picnic also featured performances from The Diplomats, Dirty Projectors, DJ Drama, DVSN, Fabolous and Jadakiss and Rapsody, among many others. It also featured a Podcast stage and a Lifestyle stage with NBA 2K and Madden Tournaments.
Dave Chappelle hosted the event’s headlining Roots Jam session, which was set to feature a host of surprise guest performances. But due to torrential rain, the event was shut down 10 minutes into the set.
Questlove, the Roots’ revered drummer took to Twitter in regards to the event’s prompt ending.
Philly: this is a hazard. Of course I can play in ANY situation but lives are on the line and it’s a hazzard. If someone were to get electrocuted or worse —-I can’t have that on my head man. The city told us to stop for a bit— T'Questlove (@questlove) June 3, 2018