Festival Review: Mala Luna Festival

Thousands made their way to Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium in San Antonio, TX this past weekend for the 3rd annual Mala Luna Festival presented by Scoremore. The festival was split into two days and featured some of hip-hop’s hottest artists such as the current “Queen” of hip hop Cardi B, Tyler the Creator, Lil Baby, Gunna, Nicky Jam, Tierra Whack, Lil Pump, Moneybagg Yo, Smokepurpp, Rico Nasty, Saweetie, Blocboy JB, 2 Chainz, Wifisfuneral, Shoreline Mafia, and Young Thug. The fest also included performances by Becky G, Angel Cintron, Noah North, Deorro, GTA, and Gracelynnd Gomez.

Day one’s lineup was the strongest with highlight performances by  by Tierra Whack, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Baby, Tyler the Creator, Nicky Jam, and Cardi B. Tierra Whack brought her corky energy to the stage as she performed “Hungry Hippo” and “Toe Jam” while throwing halloween candy to the crowd. Later on Moneybagg Yo provided a last minute replacement for Rich the Kid performing songs including his hit “Do Too Much.” He later hopped on stage with rapper Lil Baby to perform “Bank.” Atlanta rapper Lil Baby’s mid-day set brought out the biggest crowd thus far as he performed “Yes Indeed,” “Drip Too Hard,” and “Exotic.” As day turned to night bigger names began to roll onto the stage including crowd favorite Tyler the Creator. Despite a recent car accident that limited Tyler’s movements, he still provided a memorable performance as he rapped songs including “Where the Flower Blooms.” Reggaeton star Nicky Jam was up next with a set fueled by stage smoke and confetti cannons. Backup dancers twirled and glided across the stage as he sang hits including “El Amente,” and  “El Perdon”. The crowd rushed to the Lone Star stage during the last portion of Nicky’s set and chants of “Cardi” filled the air. With a troupe of female backup dancers, Cardi twerked around stage performing her new single “Money,” as well as most of the songs from her album Invasion Of Privacy such as  “I Like It,” “Ring,” “She Bad,” and “Drip.” Cardi ended the night with her biggest hit “Bodak Yellow.”

Day 2 drew out a smaller crowd with highlights including contrasting female rappers Saweetie and Rico Nasty, Blocboy JB, Gunna, Lil Pump, and 2 Chainz. Icy Grl Saweetie got vibes started on The Beat stage as she took to the stage in a baby pink mink coat performing her hits “Icy Grl,” “B.A.N,” “High Maintence,” and “Up Now.” Rico Nasty followed up on the Lone Star Stage bringing her New York street vibes as she paced back and forth across stage performing “Smack a Bitch,” “Poppin,” and “Keylime OG.” Later in the day Blocboy JB brought the crowd to a whole new level of hype as he started a  “Free Tay-K” chant. His energy radiated into the audience as he danced and jigged across stage performing hits “Rover,” “No Chorus Pt. 10,” and “Shoot.” Georgia rapper Gunna, who recently dropped a joint album with Lil Baby, walked out in an Off-White pancho and performed hits including “Pedestrian,” “Drip Too Hard,” “Almighty,” and “Chanel.”The crowd got a little too rowdy before the Lil Pump’s set as VIP and General Admission participated in a festival version of a food fight as they chunked bottles of water and cans of beer at each other across the barricaded walkway. Lil Pump’s DJ had to step in to simmer the crowd refusing to bring out Pump until they quit throwing things and reminded them what they actually purchased their tickets for. Once their attention was redirected, Pump took the stage performing “Esskeetit,” “Gucci Gang,” “Boss,” “Designer,” and “D. Rose.” After a DJ set from Dillon Francis,  2 Chainz made his way to Lone Star stage. As always the “Tity Boi” rapper delivered a energy packed performance that had the whole crowd dancing and rapping along. He performed older hits including “I’m Different,” “No Lie,” “Rich As Fuck,” as well as newish features from Chance the Rapper’s “No Problem” and YG’s “Big Bank.”