XXL Invades ATL’s Birthday Bash 15

If you follow XXL on Twitter, then you may have noticed that a few of us took a weekend trip down to Atlanta to partake in the festivities surrounding Hot 107.9’s annual Birthday Bash concert. As a native New Yorker I’ve seen countless Hot 97 Summer Jams, but haven’t gotten the opportunity to see how other cities get down with their big radio concerts, so the pilgrimage to the ATL was a must. Luckily Birthday Bash 15 did not disappoint. Shouts to Hot 107.9!

The concert featured R&B songbird Monica, F.L.Y., Roscoe Dash, Travis Porter, Pastor Troy, Rick Ross, Plies, Ludacris and headliner Gucci Mane. What I appreciated most about the show, which took place on Saturday June 19 at Phillips Arena, was the overwhelming sense of hometown pride that was exhibited. The energy was great and the “A” got down for theirs without a doubt. Amongst the standouts were Travis Porter who impressively jumped in the crowd and performed from the 100 Section. I commended the effort and even tweeted about it. Now they have their 53,000 followers hitting me up on Twitter demanding an XXL cover. Gotta respect ambition. LOL.

The crowd went ape shit when Pastor Troy came out rockin’ his belt! Rick Ross entertained and Plies had the female portion of the arena eating out of the palm of his hand. The Goon started his set off wearing a white robe, while the DJ played the “Mister Rogers” theme song. After performing his verse on Usher’s “Daddy’s Home,” Plies ran through his set doing songs like “Plenty Money,” “Becky” and “Bruh, Bruh.” To close, the Miami-native brought out hometown hero Young Jeezy and rocked “Lose My Mind.” Needless to say it went over very well, thanks to teh Snowman’s surprise appearance.

With the bar raised, Ludacris took to the stage and absolutely stole the show at Phillips Arena. ’Cris performed everything from “What’s Your Fantasy” to “Southern Hospitality” to “Move Bitch” to “My Chick Bad.” After doing the stripper-friendly “How Low,” Luda brought out Luther Campbell and let the former 2 Live Crew frontman (and the strippers he brought with him) rock-out. It’s kind of crazy, but I sometimes forget just how many HITS Ludacris has. Dude is a dope performer and has excellent stage presence; he doesn’t get enough credit. You can check a good chunk of his performance here.

To end the night, Gucci Mane closed things out with his protégé Waka Flocka Flame (and about 10 other of Waka’s unrecognizable associates). You know Atlanta’s loves some Gucci! Here’s a clip of “O Let’s Do It” live.

Now, all of my ATL folk were quick to let me know that I have missed some of the more memorable Birthday Bashes in past years. In terms of notable moments, maybe BB 15 was a bit thin, but I had a good time any way. It was just nice to see the “A” excited about their hometown artists.

What are the big summer concerts in y’all cities like? Which city should I hit next? — Rob Markman, XXL Deputy Editor

P.S. This week you can catch me tweetin’ from XXL’s twitter account: @XXLStaff. Come kick it with me.

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  • Moving Sideways

    Ludacris is the shit, easily in the top 10 hip-hop live shows.

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  • http://www.xxlmag.com kim

    WTF happen to Gucci Mane bringing out Young jeezy? i thought they was got “turn that bitch up 2gether” ….. as a fan of both im very upset about that, Jeezy can come out for plies corny lame ass but cant come out with the headliner? idk if they still beefn or not but alot of people was pissed that they wasnt on stage together. I think jeezy still mad about gucci killing pookie loc and on top of that he has got off and blow up off his street cred & great mixtapes, now he headlinin concerts and shit. and to put the icyin on the cake drama dropped the new gucci mixtape quick and he never did jeezy’s .

    • yoprince

      the beef is dead, but it’s still bad blood. jeezy is never gonna be cool with gucci like that. even during that radio phone convo with Drama, it was obvious Jeezy was uncomfortable and caught off guard. plus, you still got Waka screaming ‘fuck CTE’ at his shows.

      I saw Luda perform in VA.. one of the best rap concerts I’ve ever attended.. and I’m not even a Luda fan like that. he puts on a helluva show.

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  • http://www.emcdl.com EmCDL

    Other that Luda, Pastor Troy and Monica, the rest of them artists are garb….

  • Dub

    Didn’t go to Birthday Bash but the afterparty @the Compound was stupid

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    You guys are about two years late with Travis Porter. They are currently killin the indpendent scene. I wrote a comment them last year when they weren’t included in the Hott in Atl issue. Its sad you guys wait for someone to go completely mainstream before a write up is giving.

    Besides that, jeezy really needs Gucci because his fans are thick.