The final day of Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, Michigan featured rap artists Fetty Wap and headliner Big Sean. As soon as the doors opened the crowd began flooding in. Opening the Sparrow stage was Lansing native Tugga the Rapper. He connected with the audience through their shared hometown. He performed his song “Long Way” as well as “On”. Directly following Tugga the Rapper on the Sparrow stage was another Michigan native, Diamond Jones. Jones just released his latest album 23 in May and performed his hit song “Like Woah”. During the performance, the audience was constantly bouncing and rapping along, creating a great atmosphere to start the day.
Opening the Auto Value main stage was rap artist SahBabii from Atlanta, Georgia. He opened with his song “Only Knew 1 Way”. He was constantly hyping the crowd up, with an air horn blaring after every song. His energy heightened during his performance of “Eazy” and “Bullshit”.
Rap artist Waldo from Grand Rapids took the Sparrow Stage full force. He opened his set with an intense rap of “Rich Without Money”.Fans rapped along with him to his song “N”. Waldo was the perfect set to hype the crowd before Fetty Wap took the main stage.
As DJ Fuzzy threw t-shirts into the crowd, every single person was chanting for Fetty Wap to take the stage. Fuzzy egged the crowd on, having them call and repeat “17 38” in rendition of Fetty’s New Jersey squad, Remy Boyz 1738. When he finally took the stage, the crowd erupted, creating what can only be described as a giant party. Fetty was joined by fellow DJ’s on stage as he was constantly full of smiles and dancing along while he sang. The crowd rapped along every single song, including “My Way”, “679” and “Addicted”. Fetty closed his set with “Trap Queen”, but not without signing multiple t-shirts and throwing them to his fans.
Chicago rapper Twista brought a throwback to the Sparrow Stage, opening with his 1997 song “Adrenaline”. The crowd was packed and beyond hyped. Along with other older hits like “Get it Wet” he performed “So Sexy” a song featuring R. Kelly.
Finally, the crowd was packed tight at the main stage as DJ Mo Beats mixed popular songs, hyping the crowd for Big Sean. As the stage filled with smoke, Big Sean entered the stage, opening with “Moves”. He proceeded to perform his feature on Kanye West’s hit song “Mercy” and his song with Eminem, “No Favors”. After, Big Sean gave a heartfelt speech empowering his hometown, Detroit, as well as other successful Michigan musicians. This was the intro to “Jump Out the Window”. During “Play No Games”, he walked up and down the catwalk pointing at individual fans as he performed. The crowd clapped and danced along to “Dance (A$$)” but filled the sky with cell phone lights for “One Man Could Change the World”. After giving a heartfelt thank you speech to his family, friends and fans who have supported him along the way, Big Sean asked the crowd to light their blunt, raise their glass and take everything to the next level for “I Don’t Fuck with You”. After a phenomenal performance of “Bounce Back”, Big Sean jumped off the end of the catwalk into the crowd, and while being held up, shook the hand and thanked as many fans as he could. For an encore, he came out to perform “Marvin and Chardonnay” and another rendition of “Bounce Back” to end the night.
The after party took place at the Sparrow stage, and was hosted by Lansing’s own Rosco P. Through rapping his beats and even jumping into the crowd, Rosco P ended Common Ground on a great note. Overall, the festival was a success, catering to multiple genre’s and bringing people together for their love of music.