By: Everyday Jay & GroovNuke
Lyrical Lemonade and SPKRBX brought back their annual Summer Smash event at Douglass Park in Chicago. There were acts ranging from mainstream around the country alongside a mix of local talent that took the stage.
A$AP Rocky, Lil Baby, and Lil Uzi Vert closed out the evenings over the weekend. Other artists from Gunna, Don Toliver, Mulatto, Lil Yachty, and more took the stage. Hometown talents such as Supa Bwe, OG Stevo, DCG, Lil Zay Osama, Queen Key, Femdot, and Baha Bank$ and more graced the stage also.
There were some standout sets with some shots that @JaythinkiLL captured during the 3-day event:
Lil Yachty got the crowd in it with high energy out the gate. For his whole set, it was hard for him to miss. The time he spent on stage was entertaining. Following his performance, he released a project for Virgo season.
Mulatto's set was well coordinated as she treated it like a walk in the park. You can tell how she conducted her time on stage that entertainment is a true calling of hers.
Warhol.ss was another artist whose set we caught and he had the crowd feeling it playing tracks such as ‘Bird’s Nest’ and ‘Blicks’.
Don Toliver was one of the closing acts on Sunday as well. The Houston MC had a dope stage setup and he shifted the crowd into another gear as the evening set. He turned it up playing standout joints such as "After Party."
A$AP Rocky- Friday Headliner
Friday night headliner was A$AP Rocky, who began his set with a shirt covering his face. As Rocky continued to drop bomb after bomb, women began to shower him with bras thrown from the crowd.
As A$AP went on to perform his set, he held them as show props while he continued to deliver classic records and even performed eight unreleased records with the promise of new music dropping soon.
Lil Baby- Saturday Headliner
Summer Smash withstood the Saturday rainstorm that briefly halted all performances and forced the entire crowd to evacuate. Shortly after the storm passed, fans quickly packed back into Douglass Park.
As the anticipation continued to grow, it was finally time for Saturday headliner Lil Baby to hypothetically blow the roof off of the place.
Opening his set with his verse from Drake’s ‘Wants and Needs’ went led to hit record after hit record. Lil Baby capped his night off by bringing a young Chicago kid on stage and blessing him with a mystery bag. Following the kind act and some more hit singles, day two was over.
A Special Set for Sunday and Surprise Guests
Sunday was a special day for the city as one of our fallen stars, Juice WRLD, was paid tribute through a dope experience. You had to be there to understand its importance.
Juice WRLD was the last artist to grace the stage for the 2019 Summer Smash closing performance. His energy was missed, as fans gathered to chant lyrics to standout singles such as "Lucid Dreams".
Right after the tribute, Lil Durk surprised the Douglas Park crowd with a surprise performance along with Chance the Rapper. The moment was larger than anyone there or following the event could have thought.
Lil Uzi Vert-Sunday Headliner
With the energy at an all-time high, it was time for Sunday’s headliner Lil Uzi Vert to hit the stage. He wasted little time as he jumped from the stage and climbed on top of a tent, and proceeded to jump into the crowd as his security team earned their pay.
Shortly after returning to the stage, Uzi ran thru hit after hit as the crowd matched his energy, singing every song word for word. It was hard for him to miss as what he brings to the stage is contagious. The crowd loved how interactive he was performing singles such as ‘XO TOUR LIFE’ and "The Way Life Goes".
All in all, Summer Smash was a win in Chicago. There were great performing acts, great setups all across areas in the park, good food for people to enjoy, and gatherers back outside with friends and loved ones.
Big ups to Lyrical Lemonade for allowing iLLANOiZE and several other media outlets from around the city and country to be a part of the experience. It's only right to remain tapped in with the LL crew over at their website, and other content served up. Be sure to check out our post-performance interviews below from Lil Zay Osama, Baha Bank$, OG Stevo, and Hot Rod of Power 92.3 below as well as few artists we caught in the mix.
Until Next Year.
Lil Zay Osama