6 Highlights from Brooklyn's TIDAL X Benefit Concert Featuring Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, Normani & More

6 Highlights from Brooklyn's TIDAL X Benefit Concert Featuring Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, Normani & More


Tuesday evening (Oct. 23) marked TIDAL's fourth annual TIDAL X live performance contained in the confines of the Brooklyn's Barclays Center. All proceeds generated from the particular occasion went towards 4 organizations benefiting prison justice and jail reform throughout America. 

The stacked lineup boasted greater than 30 acts in whole hitting the Barclays stage. The vary of performers included newcomers similar to DaniLeigh and Snoh Aalegra to blossoming superstars in Normani and Anderson .Paak, to honored music veterans like Lil Wayne and Ms. Lauryn Hill, who closed out the six-hour music marathon. 

"There are individuals who management legal guidelines which can be in positions of energy that shouldn't be in resulting from lack of votes and a focus. I feel each state has its personal scenario. There's lots of people in [prison] that shouldn't be," Anderson .Paak advised Streets Talkin on the TIDAL X pink carpet. "My mother was in the identical scenario doing seven and a half years as a primary offender for no purpose. She shouldn't have been in there, and it wants to alter for positive."

With practically 20,000 rabid followers inside the constructing and much more streaming the live performance at residence, listed below are our prime six highlights from the gathering for an important trigger. 

Normani Is Well on Her Way to Solo Stardom

When Fifth Harmony introduced they’d be occurring a musical hiatus, many speculated at how profitable every member may very well be as a solo act. Camila Cabello efficiently established her solo stardom following her departure from the group in 2016, and Normani seems to be on the same trajectory.

The 22-year-old exuded commanding stage presence at TIDAL X, as she dove head-first into her soothing medley of early tracks, together with fiery choreographed dance strikes. The abbreted set proved to be one other stepping stone in Normani's ascension to R&B glory, as she delivered a heart-throbbing efficiency to Streets Talkin Hot 100 prime 10 hit "Love Lies," sans rising star Khalid, and completed off the evening together with her contemporary "Checklist" bop, which arrived Monday (Oct. 22) as a part of a soulful two-track EP with Calvin Harris. She additionally wowed followers with the reside debut of her unreleased 6LACK-assisted observe titled "Waves."

Meek Mill Has a Milly Rock Party With Fans on Stage

Meek Mill could have drawn the loudest pop of anybody from the viewers, following an epic introduction courtesy of none apart from NYC radio legend Angie Martinez. The Philly native began along with his riotous "Dreams and Nightmares" album opener, which noticed greater than 20,000 standing followers belting his bristling lyrics proper again at him. Things took on a extra severe tone when Mill held a second of silence for anybody within the crowd that had misplaced somebody to mindless gun violence or a wrongful imprisonment.

The MMG rapper closed out by having some enjoyable with members of the viewers, inviting 4 individuals on stage to hit their finest Milly Rock, which have been really on level for probably the most half. Shiggy then hopped up on stage to present his finest try on the Harlem Shake, whereas Lil Wayne's "Uproar" blared all through the sector's speaker system.

The LOX Supply a Blast From the Past

In celebration of twenty years of Money, Power & Respect, The LOX reunited at TIDAL X and actually related to the viewers available, which is sensible primarily based on the mature crowd exhibiting up in droves for headliners Weezy and Lauryn Hill. After working by way of signature solo hit "Good Times," Styles P spoke to the truth that all totally different races have been peacefully coexisting tonight as one because of music. 

Jadakiss took multiples pictures at Donald Trump through the set, substituting lyrics with 45 because the punchline to tracks like "Don't Like." And then the Barclays Center's roof practically collapsed when the Yonkers, N.Y. wrecking crew introduced out Lil' Kim to finish a hard-hitting rendition of "It's All About the Benjamins."

Kodak Black Proves "ZEZE" Is a Surefire Hit

Since his August launch from jail, followers had been chomping on the bit for one more potential banger from Kodak Black. Hype surrounding the Project Baby rapper's subsequent single skyrocketed when a clip of him hitting his now-signature jig within the studio went viral. "ZEZE," that includes Offset and Travis Scott, lastly dropped earlier within the month (Oct. 12), touchdown a No. 2 debut on the Streets Talkin Hot 100 in its first full week of streaming. The contemporary smash handed the standard reside listening check, as followers already had the rapper's braggadocios verses memorized, reciting them whereas he bounced round from one facet of the stage to a different. Welcome again, Kodak Black. 

Anderson .Paak Brings Out Too $hort

With his extremely anticipated upcoming LP Oxnard lower than a month away (Nov. 16), Anderson .Paak delivered an unforgettable second at 2018's TIDAL X live performance. The Malibu artist confirmed off his ranging inventive potential by going from rapping his newest single within the groovy Kendrick Lamar-assisted "Tints" to hopping on the drums and placing on an absolute clinic.

Paak then stunned followers, who have been baffled on the Lil Jon-produced "Blow the Whistle" instrumental taking part in, when legendary Bay Area rapper Too $hort popped up on the Barclays Center for a legendary second. Anderson claimed this was the primary time the West Coast pioneer carried out his 2006 hit in NYC. 

Lil Wayne Brings TIDAL X Across the Finish Line

Following the discharge of Tha Carter V, Lil Wayne has been correctly showered with reward wherever he goes. Wayne jumped on stage instantly following Lauryn Hill's set round 1:15 a.m. ET, to take a well-deserved victory lap. Much of the group refused to depart early, regardless of the delayed begin time on a piece evening.

The 504 native made it price their whereas, working by way of his array of bangers all through his adorned discography for practically a half-hour, which he unexpectedly kicked off along with his verse on Drake's So Far Gone deep minimize "I'm Goin' In." The 36-year-old then skipped round to 2008's anthem "A Milli" and fast-forwarded one other decade to Tha Carter V's "Uproar," "Don't Cry," and "Let It Fly." Weezy then put a bow on the evening shortly previous to 2 a.m. ET, telling his followers to recollect, "Without you, there's no me."