New York

Rolling Loud Rappers Share Their Hot Takes on NYC & the Hip-Hop Festival

Thrillist linked up with Armani White, Kali, and SleazyWorld Go at the Queens rap summit.

Photos by Serena Tara; Image by Maitane Romagosa
Photos by Serena Tara; Image by Maitane Romagosa
Photos by Serena Tara; Image by Maitane Romagosa

In case you missed all the viral headlines that came from it-like A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti having a tough time in the mosh pit or Carti surprising the crowd with a Ye performance-Rolling Loud New York took over Queens this past weekend in a major way.

Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, and Future headlined the massive festival, and the Big Apple’s rap scene was heavily represented. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, though. From legends to young talent, the city has always held its name high in hip-hop, and even though a few of New York’s very own were removed from the lineup last-minute, NYC’s music scene was still able to shine.

But it’s not only New York rappers that love New York. In our quest to rep the Big Apple even more, Thrillist sat down with a few Rolling Loud New York performers to ask them what they love (and what they don’t!) about NYC. You may know Armani White from his super-viral TikTok hit “Billie Eilish,” and you’ve probably heard Kali rapping with BIA on “Eat It Up.” SleazyWorld Go even scored the first platinum plaque of his career with “Sleazy Flow” on the very same day he took the Rolling Loud stage.

Here’s what they had to say about the festival, their budding careers, and their time in NYC.

This is a big stage you’re about to get on, and you’re probably as excited to perform as the audience is to see you. What’s the song you’re most hyped to share with the crowd?
Armani White: The song I’m most excited to perform is “Billie Eilish,” obviously. [Also] because I think we got an air mattress? I’m definitely gonna jump on the air mattress-that’s gonna be funny.
Kali: Definitely my new song dropping at the end of the month, called “About You.” It just recently went viral on TikTok so I’m really excited for people to catch on to the verses.
SleazyWorld Go: It’s an unreleased song called “Let’s Hoop.”

Being part of such a star-studded lineup must be exciting, too. Who are you most excited to see perform today?
AW: I’m really excited to see Nicki Minaj. She got this song called “Yikes” that I think is just tough, [but really] I’m excited to see everybody perform. I’m excited to see Lil Uzi Vert, obviously.
K: BIA! I put her on my song “Eat It Up” and I never got to perform with her but I would really love to-so yeah, go BIA!
SG: I’m excited to see Lil Tjay perform tonight.

Awesome. New York City is the birthplace of hip-hop and a major city for music. What’s your favorite music memory connected to the city?
AW: I’ve seen Chris Brown out here-I’m a big Chris Brown fan, like from the beginning to end type of thing.
K: Me signing to Atlantic Records. They’re out here in New York, so I came, I did a signing, we had a big party. It was lit and it was a vibe.
SG: When I got my first plaque.

Many legendary artists came out of NYC. Who’s your favorite New York rapper of all time?
AW: My favorite NYC rapper of all time is 50, bro! There’s no comparison to 50 Cent.
K: It’s Miss Nicki Minaj! Please don’t play with the Queen. I’m here for her [and] yes, I’m staying all day just because the Queen is performing, period!
SG: I’m gonna say Pop Smoke.

Let’s talk about your relationship to NYC. What’s your go-to spot when you’re in town?
AW: I go to this vegan spot called Beatnic. Yo, Beatnic is tough. I be healthy when I’m in New York.
K: My favorite place to eat in New York-although I don’t have a lot of places I eat here-is Sei Less.
SG: I forgot what it’s called, but it’s like chicken and-It’s a number. 375-the chicken bites? Yeah.

You all rep different cities, from Philly to Atlanta to Kansas City. What does your hometown do better than NYC?
AW: We do traffic better than NY [in Philly]! I hate being in New York-I be stuck in this [puts hands on an imaginary car wheel and swerves] for like 30 minutes and you never go nowhere.
K: Atlanta does food better than New York-I feel like anytime I come out here I never have no good food. Maybe I just don’t know the right people to take me to the right places.
SG: Good BBQ.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Suprêmes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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