Another year another powerhouse, this time it was to celebrate a slain beloved brother of the city. P n B Rock. The young musician was horribly killed in Los Angeles. For many he was the voice of a generation. He symbolizes the epitome of a hustler that overcame his humble beginnings to super stardom. The audience all evening sang along whenever his music was played and video of him was shown. Partial proceeds from the concert are going to Philadelphia Music in Schools program in honor.
The crowd was made up of fans of all ages who dressed up to celebrate a great year in HipHop and via the city's number one radio station, Power 99 Fm.
They were here to see their faves for the young upstart GloRilla. GloRilla coming off her hit single “Blessed “and her song “FNF Let’s Go” with Latto and JT, electrified the crowd. Small in stature but high in Energy.
Kur representing uptown followed, giving the crowd that Philly energy. He put on for this generation of lyricists.
Next came one of the city's favorite Dj’s, DJ DiamondKuts from Power 99. She did not disappoint. By introducing her All-stars team and turning up the volume to what seemed like 120rpm, she worked the crowd into a frenzy.
This was followed by Armani White, one of the hottest artists on the scene.
He literally ran on stage in his signature braids and beads, overjoyed to be performing at his first powerhouse. The West Philly native is riding high on the success of his TikTok smash "Billie Eilisch."
Then, Nigerian singer Tems took the stage, and the show went global.
She was excited to be performing in Philadelphia for the first time, displaying her beautiful soulful voice. With songs like "Try Me" and the Wizkid remake "Body," which was heard all summer, the soultress whose version of "No Woman, No Cry" is on the Black Panther-Wakanda Forever soundtrack has amassed quite a following.
With Moneybagg Yo, the temperature continued to rise. The "Time Today" rapper arrived in a puffy vest, accompanied by white-clad dancers, and took care of business like the veteran that he is.
Kodak Black, whose last appearance in the city of brotherly was cut short due to his tardiness for his set, rectified the situation by arriving early. He greeted the audience enthusiastically. The crowd rewarded him with rousing cheers as he returned to the 215.
The headliner of the evening was none other than Nicki Minjay in spite of her recent online shenanigans proving she is very much an electric performer. The queen’s crown may be titled but she demonstrated that she’s a great performer and the most lyrically gifted MC in the industry. Fans rapped along as she checked off hit after hit.
The tribute to the late PnB Rock was a highlight of the show. It featured him rapping on the “Come Up Show” with DJ Kosmic Kev, intercut with a medley of his hits as the audience sang along in full chorus. Power 99 celebrated him in grand style. Videos of the late great PnB Brock were shown in between performances. He had previously appeared at powerhouse.
They were instrumental in bringing his music to the world, so it was only fitting that they should lead his celebration in his hometown.
Powerhouse is one of the city's few celebrations that allows younger fans to see their favorite performers on a single bill. It allows them to gather their besties, coordinate outfits, and make memories. They may have said goodbye to a brother this year, but many had the chance to say hello again and reconnect, which is a wonderful thing.