Red Bull Music Festival Chicago Recap – Performances from Nas, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, Valee and More

Red Bull Music Festival Chicago 2018 kicked off at Wintrust Arena Saturday night with a bang by bringing together legends, luminaries and rising stars from R&B and hip-hop for a legendary Opening Night.

The night began with a poem from local Chicago poet and Whitney M. Young Magnet High School student Jalen Koboyashi, who performed an original piece titled “Wings”.

After Jalen, 070 Shake kicked off the music with performances of her stellar features “Violent Crimes” and “Ghost Town”, saying “Since I’m in Chicago I’m gonna do two songs I was blessed to be on thanks to Kanye West.”

Valee at Opening Night on November 3rd, 2018 Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana / Red Bull Sound Content Pool

Up next were Chicago’s own Valee, running through a string of hits and showing the crowd why he’s become one of the most imitated artists in hip-hop, Desiigner, who dove head first into the crowd during “Overseas,” and Teyana Taylor, who broke the area down while flanked by three dancers. G.O.O.D Music President then took the stage, running through the entirety of his “Daytona” before finishing with his arena-rattling remix to Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like”.

For the night’s final performance, the legendary Nas held court for a set that saw him performing new hits like “Cops Shot the Kid” alongside his classic records. The decade-spanning set made for the perfect cap to a night that spoke to the best of hip-hop’s past, present and future.

Set List:

Evan Parker With Birds

Jalen / Poetry Piece

070 SHAKE – Violent Crimes

070 SHAKE – Ghost Town

VALEE – Womp Womp

VALEE – Skinny

VALEE – Shell

VALEE – Two 16s

VALEE – Miami


DESIGNER – Timmy Turner


DESIIGNER – Overseas


TEYANA TAYLOR – Rose in Harlem




PUSHA T – If You Know You Know

PUSHA T – The Games We Play

PUSHA T – Hard Piano

PUSHA T – Come Back Baby

PUSHA T – Santeria (feat. 070 Shake)

PUSHA T – What Would Meek Do?

PUSHA T – Infrared

PUSHA T – I Don’t Like (Chief Keef song)

NAS – Adam and Eve

NAS – NY State of Mind

NAS – The Message

NAS – Street Dreams

NAS – If I Ruled The World

NAS – Hate Me Now

NAS – Cops Shot the Kid

NAS – Got Yourself a Gun

NAS – Made You Look

NAS – Not for Radio (feat. 070 Shake)

More photos can be viewed HERE.



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