This past Saturday was the first annual “Break the Internet” Festival at Gateway Pavilion in (the heart) of Southeast D.C.
Philly and Drake‘s (jokes!) own, Meek Mill, was the featured headliner, alongside one of my personal favorites, Yo Gotti.
Other performers included Dreezy, DJ Khaled‘s new artist, Kent Jones, OT Genasis, D.C.’s own Backyard Band, Reesa Renee, Love & Hip Hop’s BBOD (THOT-TaTalicious was rockinnnnnnnn!), and many more.
Now, let’s get to my experience: Let’s start off with the fact that I’m over 30 years old, so I already had a planned departure time when I got there. I told myself I was staying for about an hour, and ended up staying for several hours, enjoying excellent food and vendors. The food trucks were popping and for all my folks out there that like to be “levitated” there were plenty of cannabis and hookah vendors.
Did I mention that I’m over 30? And did I also mention that I forgot this was an 18 and older event? I rolled my eyes a few times at the crowd, but then quickly reminded myself that I was once 18 and someone older was looking at me the same way too.
I also reminded myself that BTI’s mission is to provide assistance to college millennials that are “breaking the Internet.” This generation has used social media platforms to build world renowned companies before the age of 30….and here I was being stank when one of these folks could be my boss one day. So I quickly checked myself and continued enjoying my experience.
Highlights of my night? Watching BBOD perform “THOT-TaTalicious,” Kent Jones’ set (Although I was hoping he would bring Khaled), Dreezy’s set, and of course Yo Gotti’s set because he really does have crazy hits.
The crowd went insane when Gotti brought out Meek during his set, which I’m sure was a good feeling and reminded Meek that his music still matters after his Drake beef.
All in all, I’m glad I didn’t stick to my timetable and I’m extremely proud of the entire BTI staff, including Mia Fields-Hall, for creating this festival for our newest generation.
Tia Salmon contributed to this post.
Photo credit: Sabrina Holder/@sabrinafvholder