The 2023 One Music Festival brought the crowd out in Atlanta as music legends and surprise guests took over the stage. From the iconic Janet Jackson surprising fans with J. Cole to Kendrick Lamar’s unique set, the festival showcased the best of hip-hop and rap, paying tribute to the genre’s 50 years of influence in Atlanta’s vibrant culture.
Day 1: Janet Jackson & J. Cole Were ‘In Control’
The event was a two-day event that took place on Saturday, Oct. 28 and concluded on Sunday, Oct. 29. Held in Piedmont Park, this two-day celebration coincided with SpelHouse Homecoming, making it an unforgettable weekend in the city.
Janet Jackson, the lead headliner for One Music Festival, delivered a nearly two-hour show on Saturday. The iconic singer delighted the crowd by performing all of her famous hits like “Control,” “That’s The Way Love Goes,” and “I Get So Lonely.”
The night’s highlight came when Jackson surprised the audience with a special appearance by J. Cole, as they performed their collaboration, “No Sleep,” leaving the crowd stunned and thrilled.
Lil Kim, Lil Cease & Others Rock The Stage
Lil Kim, another standout performer at the festival, took the stage with her signature swagger.
The rap legend treated fans to hit songs like “Crush On You” and “How Many Licks,” and even brought out special guests, including Lil Cease, Sukihana, and SlxmJimmi from Rae Sremmurd. Lil Kim’s electrifying performance had the whole crowd bouncing and singing along.
Coco Jones Wows With Impeccable Talent
Coco Jones, an emerging talent, moved Saturday’s show with her powerful vocals and stage presence. The singer flawlessly performed tracks from her latest album and wowed the audience with a rendition of Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love.” Jones left a lasting impression, showcasing her own unique style and captivating the crowd.
The festival also paid homage to the genre of hip-hop, which has played a pivotal role in Atlanta’s culture for the past five decades. With multiple international stars calling Atlanta home, the celebration honored hip-hop’s influence and its continuous impact on the city’s music scene.
Day: 2 Kendrick Says ‘DAMN.’
On the second day of the festival, Kendrick Lamar took the stage for a two-hour set that left the audience in awe.
The acclaimed rapper performed his chart-topping hits such as “Alright,” “Swimming Pools,” “Love,” and “Element.” Lamar’s set was a visual spectacle, with him dressed in red and backed by dancers representing California culture, complete with cornrows. His performance showcased his lyrical prowess and unique stage presence.
Durand Bernarr Never Disappoints
Durand Bernarr, known for his entertaining sets, brought his artistry to the festival. Donning a black leather outfit and gold hoops, Bernarr delivered a creative and immersive experience for the audience. His vocal range and high falsettos amazed those watching, leaving a lasting impression.
Key Glock Pays Homage To The Late and Great
Adding to the excitement, Key Glock took the stage with a creative set featuring a huge white statue of his face, which emitted smoke. The rapper also paid tribute to the late Young Dolph throughout his performance, adding a heartfelt and emotional touch to his set.
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Other performers at the festival included DJ Drama, 2 Chainz, Tink, Boosie, Megan Thee Stallion, Brent Faiyaz, and many more, ensuring a diverse lineup that catered to various tastes within the hip-hop and rap genres.
At the beginning of October 2023, it was announced that Janet Jackson would be one of the headliners for One Music Festival, giving fans a chance to witness the magic of her performance. The legendary artist engaged with the audience and left a lasting impact, showcasing her unmatched talent and iconic status.
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