D.C. rapper Shy Glizzy arrived about 5 p.m. to pay respects, along with YBS Skola, friend and frequent collaborator of Scoota's. Once Lil Black pointed out Glizzy's presence, kids screamed and began to crowd around the rapper near the entrance of the funeral home until the DJ cut the music and ordered the kids back to the stage area.
While popular radio hits by Fetty Wap and Drake played, the largest responses from the crowd came from hometown favorites like Tate Kobang's "Bank Rolls (Remix)" and Lor Scoota's "Bird Flu" and "Panda (Remix)," which were played multiple times as the crowd performed Scoota's trademark "Bird Flu" dance.
Much of the musical event was celebratory, but a brief respite from the music allowed local poets to recite original work inspired by Baltimore's problems with violence, poverty and lack of opportunities. Kondwani Russell performed his piece "Baltimore Bullet Train." Before reciting "Black Boy Blues," Alanna Dixon, known as Neptune the Poet, asked those in the crowd to turn to and hug one another. Too often, she said, hate is prioritized over love in the city.
"There's nothing wrong with showing some love out here," she said.