Fan rushes onstage during Lil Uzi Vert’s Outside Lands show

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Lil Uzi Vert performs during the 2022 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

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When Oliver Tree exited the Lands End stage at Outside Lands last night, the stage went dark and people scattered about. The stage stayed dark and the silence continued until Lil Uzi Vert’s DJ took the stage and started playing bangers like Ye’s “Father Stretch My Hands Pt.1” to warm up the crowd. It was like a beacon of hype, drawing people out of their beer lines and their merch shopping and back into the Lands End stage.

When Uzi finally got up a few minutes later, people were already raging and he didn’t let them slow down. He was rapping so fast, most couldn’t keep up with the lyrics if they tried. As the set continued, Uzi’s ability to keep the crowd going was in full force. He had to keep reminding people to stay a few steps back of the stage for their own safety because the energy was rising so quickly. The hype kept building until it felt like the pit was about to open up and go crazy, with standouts including “The Way Life Goes,” “Sauce It Up” and “444+222.”

Right then, a man, who was clearly a little too excited, rushed the stage and was forcibly apprehended by security. Although the man couldn’t be heard over the music, it was clear he was yelling something at Uzi. The beat abruptly stopped and the crowd silently watched as Uzi said “Don’t hurt him! Don’t hurt him! Let him take a picture with me.”

Lil Uzi Vert performs during the 2022 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

Lil Uzi Vert performs during the 2022 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 05, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Uzi then walked over and gave a dap and a hug. He was so nice, that it almost seemed as though he and the stage crasher had a prior relationship. Then, almost as quickly as it had begun, security gave the man a shove and led him off stage as a reminder that despite Uzi’s efforts, there were consequences for breaking through the barriers.

Uzi turned back to the crowd and said “I was just trying to be nice!”

After the interruption, boom — “XO Tour Lif3” drops and the crowd goes crazy once again. It was like the break in the music made that next beat drop harder. He had successfully found humanity in the man who rushed the stage and treated him with dignity without compromising the performance whatsoever. And yes, that pit did indeed open up soon after.

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