On Saturday evening (August 1), the America’s Most Wanted Music Festival hit the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in New York. Thousands gathered at the outdoor theater for the highly anticipated concert featuring Soulja Boy, Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne.
The “Birthday Sex” crooner, Jeremih, opened the show with his catchy tune and soon after another R&B star on the rise, Pleasure P, performed his single “Boyfriend #2.”
The crowd thickened as Soulja Boy came to the stage. “Turn My Swag On” and “Donk” had his fans dancing in the aisles as he and his S.O.D. Money Gang counterparts swag surfed across the stage.
Jeezy came to the stage as “Who Dat” blew through the speakers. ATL’s trap or die rapper had the fans going crazy as he went on to perform a few R&B songs that he dropped a verse on, including “Love In This Club” and “I Luv Your Girl”, but he quickly let the crowd know that “ this ain’t no R&B concert” and continued into his rhyme from the “Umma Do Me (Remix)”. XXL’s September cover artist ended his set with an electric guitar intro of the National Anthem leading to a crowd favorite, “My President Is Black.”
The man of the night, Mr. Weezy F. Baby was up next. Wearing just camo shorts and a tee, his presence took over the theater. He was allotted a little less than two hours to perform and Wayne gave the crowd exactly what they wanted. With such an extensive discography, the New Orleans native ran through many of his hits including, “Got Money,”, “Mr. Carter,” “Fireman,” “Go DJ,” “Prom Queen,” “A Milli” and “Pop Bottles.”
Young Money’s own, Shanell, hit the stage often to sing the hooks on Wayne’s songs, and performed one of her own, “Play In My Band” featuring a verse from the young rapper. Weezy also performed a quick set of songs with his father, Baby and they had the theater bumping with their latest radio killer, “Always Strapped.” We all knew the Young Money all-star team would soon take the stage which included Jae Millz, Lil Twist, Lil Chuckee, T-Streets, Tyga, Gudda Gudda, and the Barbie herself, Nicki Minaj whom were all well received.
Although the crowd was aware that Drake suffered a serious fall at the previous stop on the tour, they still had high hopes of seeing hip-hop’s latest phenom. Wayne informed the crowd that Drizzy would be getting surgery today [August 2] and to keep him in our prayers.
Young Money cleared the stage, and it was back to one mic, and one man. He slowed his set down with Tha Carter III tracks “Tie My Hands” and “Comfortable”; however, it would only be for a few minutes that Wayne was sane enough to stand still. “Lollipop” started to play and Shanell was back on stage “entertaining” the Cash Money millionaire. The audience chanted the unforgettable lyrics to “Every Girl” with Wayne as the rest of the Young Money camp came out. The show ended with a quick tribute to the king of pop, Michael Jackson.
There isn’t a date for when Drake will be back on tour, but after the show’s next stop on August 2 in Virginia Beach, America’s Most Wanted Music Festival will hit his hometown, Toronto on August 4. -Kamaria Gboro
Check out this video below of the Young Money camp performing Drake’s verse off of “Every Girl.”