At the front of the Oasis Stage, a crowd of fans awaits Playboi Carti‘s appearance at the Roots Picnic. Backstage, Carti is facing a fence, fending off the wind that is stopping him from lighting a blunt.
Finally, it’s lit.
He turns around and is greeted by a microphone which he holds to his side as he takes a hit of the blunt. “When I say ‘Playboi’ you say Carti,” the rapper’s DJ instructs the audience.
Backstage, Carti joins his fans in saying his name, the smile on his face growing every time he says “Carti.”
As he finishes up what’s left of the blunt a path is made for him to walk up to the stage. He hands someone his Gucci backpack and dashes forward, jumping up from the last stair hopping around to greet the audience. At that precise moment “Magnolia” was supposed to start but its brief delayed makes the moment that much better. The track cuts through the speakers — “Yo, Pierre you wanna come out here?”
Fans both front and backstage are winding up their hands to hit their Milly Rock. The latter has more space to cultivate theirs, keeping their hands close together near their chest and extending them further and further apart. The former has considerably less space to work with but those in the front row do what they can, initiating an overhead Milly Rock that looks like they are fanning themselves, seeking refuge from the Philly sun.
The 808s kick in.