Funk Fest Day One
The Funk Fest made its stop here in Atlanta. The show is known as one of the top Summer Music Festivals. The show took place at Atlanta’s Wolf Creek Amphitheatre where R.Kelly, Uncle Luke & Demetria McKinney headlined for Day One and legends Rakim, 8 Ball & MJG, Floetry, Doug E. Fresh & Erykah Badu headlined for Day Two of the festival.
On Day One of the Funk Fest the crowd shook their butts to Uncle Luke’s classics and reminisced about their younger years when they use to vibe to 2 Live Crew. R. Kelly graced the staged as the closing headline act on Day One and boy did he give a show! R. Kelly came out wowing the crowd with his classic love songs that we all admired from his previous best selling albums.
As the night continued R. Kelly continued to make the ladies scream his name as he sang his classics and at one point during his performance he opted to come down in the audience and sing a few ballads and drove the ladies insane.
FUNK FEST DAY TWO
The festivities started out with Rakim taking the crowd back to the true old school by performing several of his classics that will forever be apart of our rap history.
Floetry graced the stage immediately following Rakim which was amazing since we hadn’t seen the duo singing together in years. The two songstress sung their classics for the crowd and it felt just like the very moment that you first heard them on the radio. Priceless!
Every hustler in the games all time favorite rap group hit the stage backed by a live band, that’s right its the Southern Rap Duo 8 Ball & MJG who rocked the hell out of the crowd. They performed a host of their hit songs from the early 90’s that included “Space Age Pimpin,” “Lay It Down” and “Coming Out Hard.” We were even graced with Soul singer Joi as she joined the group to assist 8 Ball on “My Homeboy’s Girlfriend.” The group closed their show with non other than “On Top of the World.”
The most excitement of the night came when the Human Beat Box Doug E. Fresh who followed 8 Ball & MJG hit the stage and proved why he’s internationally known as the greatest hip-hop entertainer. Perhaps the highlight of his performance was when he engaged the crowd by doing his old man version as he stated of recent hit, “Teach Me How to Dougie,”the guest appearance by Keith Sweat and then shutting down the crowd by showing off his impressive beat boxing skills ending with a standing ovation from the crowd screaming ” Dougie”.
The show ended with Mother Badu making her grand appearance on the stage singing many of her hit songs including “Call Tyrone” amongst several others. What an epic night!
Photo Credit: Turkesha McIvy