For Chicagoans the end of the year always means at least two things – It’s going to be brutally cold outside and WGCI will do its very best to heat up its annual Big Jam Stage. Closing out 2017, WGCI lived up to the usual and of course the Chicago weather didn’t disappoint as “The Hawk” was out. Despite the cold, WGCI had no problem selling out the United Center as the west side of Chicago was lit as fans from all sides of town filled up the stadium.
With CHRIS BROWN, RICK ROSS, YO GOTTI, PLAYBOI CARTI , JACQUEES, G HERBO, LIL UZI VERT and H.E.R gracing the stage on this evening and WGCI’s slew of radio personalities serving as the hosts for Big Jam, it would definitely be a night to remember. Kyle, Kendra G, and Leon, collectively known as The Morning Takeover were stellar as always as they are true masters of any and all ceremonies. Tone Kapone, Frankie Robinson, Trey White, Charmaine, and KeKe also held their own on the microphone keeping the crowd amped between the myriad of performances.
It was party from beginning to end as Jacquees brought the R&B and dance while G Herbo brought that Chicago edge to the stage. Playboi Carti hopped around to his hits and Lil Uzi Vert brought crazy energy as he brought his show directly to the crowd as he partied in the stands with them. Yo Gotti had everybody raking it up as he brought the OG swagger – “That’s Law.” When it comes to H.E.R, you can only say she is brilliant as she sang, played the drum pads, flexed her skills of the guitar, and got funky with the keys. She is the personification of talent. Chris Brown was Chris Brown. His pure showmanship had every black, white, asian, latino, male, female, and everyone else on their feet for the entire performance as he gave the audience a 30 minute energetic performance that only he could give. The stage is truly Chris Brown’s and he lets others borrow it from time to time. Rick Ross closed out the show as he went through a slew of his classics. He was Big Meech, Larry Hoover, and much more as we can all acknowledge that he brings true meaning to his classic record, “Everyday I’m Hustlin'”
It was definitely a night to remember and well worth coming out in the cold weather when you know WGCI will always bring the heat.