The first part was heavy on hip-hop, with a truncated version of Beez in the trap that stood out from the herd for its unrepentant bravado. Anaconda is a mess of a song at best, and this was not the best of times.
On the pop side, Jason Derulo and Ariana Grande collaborations Swalla and Side to Side provided some relief, and Pound the Alarm It was fun. Starships was the best song of the evening and ending with Super Bass made it an incomplete disaster.
That can be tolerable if we did not expect better from a well-known hitmaker producer who sold 99 million units and acted as a headliner at a hip-hop / electronic dance festival that was not convenient.
There was fun, and most came from the energy of a crowd dressed to impress.
Previously, Amine may be a discount Gambino infantile, but you can also imitate the best; Caroline and Reel It In suggest a bright future.
Mura Masa wisely brought with him a singer, since watching a white boy tinkering with his toys is fun for only so long. The early producer and multi-instrumentalist, the twenty-two year old has exalted the collaboration with Charli XCX 1
Rap Rae Sremmurd talked a lot about hype without having delivered it. Maybe they should not promise the "greatest show on earth". Perplexing Pegasus and Come Get proved to have skills, but for much of the set they relied heavily on the DJ and the backing tracks, not to mention AutoTune. Black Beatles and Unforgettable the French track of Montana Swae Lee featured, were the highlights.
But the main show was Minaj, and despite some good moments he could not get up.