Broccoli Fest 2022 brings out Wale and DC culture as fans show Gunna plays last set before RICO sweep –

Two years removed due to the coronavirus pandemic and now with the addition of a second festival day, Broccoli Fest in Washington DC was back outdoors and upped the ante considerably this year. Hip-hop and R&B superstars flocked to the nation’s capital, enduring the inclement weather to celebrate black excellence, DMV musical talent and culture. The event was a moment for DC rap culture. It is also the last performance of the Georgian rapper Gunna who leave the scene a few hours before the announcement of his RICO indictment.


naughty rico illuminated the scene with a fire that the water of the sky could not extinguish. She stopped her set halfway for a personal birthday party. Wales put on his city, bringing out not only an immense amount of DC talent, but a surprise appearance from Polo G. which threw everyone for a loop. Lil DurkThe band’s live performance for the first part of their set made everyone feel every word they spit. Then came the truly unforgettable moments. Assistant got out Time (who also wowed the crowd with his own solo set) to sing their hit, “Essence.”

summer walker commented that she was arrested by the police on her way to the festival itself. During Ari Lennox’s performance, there was a gay couple who proposed on stage which made him cry.

And then there was GunnaThe spectacular performance by , which would be his last – the ATL rapper would perform Pushin P and leave the stage hours before his RICO indictment was announced.

The Moment Wale Brought These DC Artists On Stage in his hometown, seemed like a culture-changing moment in DC’s music and festival scene. With big cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles all having their own music festivals, it felt like a “Why not us?” moment, because throughout the day, MCs shouted at the crowd asking “Where you from?” and the cheers when they arrived at the DMV were deafening.

With a lineup featuring stars like Lil Durk, Gunna, Wizkid, Tems, 21 Savage and local hero Wale and headlined by Ari Lennox and Summer Walker, Broccoli Fest 2022 showcased the DMV’s diverse demographic and varied tastes, ranging from hard music to music for the soul. You could sing your heart out with a certain Ari Lennox and then rap your heart out with a Durk. This dynamic is just a preview for not only more to come for Broccoli Fest, especially the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia festival scene as a whole.

Then there’s Pharrell Williams’ “Something In The Water Festival” on June 16, 2022 in downtown Washington, DC.

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