Heading to Coachella? Love Hip-Hop? Then check out The Sherp’s list of Hip-Hop acts to look out for at the festival!
1. Ice Cube (And Potentially N.W.A.)
Ice Cube is of course legendary all by himself, but in an interview he stated that he would attempt a reunion of all the living N.W.A. members at Coachella. This could potentially mean some classic tracks being performed and maybe even some special new reunion music, who knows? Either way, watching even one of the founders of Gangsta Rap live is a performance not to be missed.
2. A$AP Rocky
Rakim Mayers A.K.A. A$AP Rocky was named after Hip-Hop legend Rakim and co-incidentally, events in his life led him into taking up rapping as a career. His debut mixtape “Live. Love. A$AP” and first album “Long. Live. A$AP” were both critically acclaimed with his album debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. He is probably one of the most popular rappers of the new wave of Hip-Hop.
3. Vince Staples
Vince Staples is one-third of the hip hop group Cutthroat Boyz, alongside fellow California rappers Joey Fatts and Aston Matthews. He came to prominence with his appearances on albums by Odd Future members and his collaborative mixtape titled Stolen Youth, with fellow American rapper Mac Miller, who produced the entire project. His debut album, Summertime ’06, was released in 2015, to critical acclaim. He is definitely a rapper to watch out for in the future.
4. Joey Bada$$
Straight out of Brooklyn, Joey Bada$$ is the co founder of Hip-Hop collective Pro Era. From his mixtapes to his albums, Joey has made a name for himself both critically and commercially. His lyrical skills have been compared to Nas’ Illmatic era.
G-Eazy is easily a standout on this list. His rapping style, flow and subject material are all quite unique. Though he started out as a record producer, his career in rap seems secure after dropping two solid albums, of which the first album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 charts.
6. Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels is a Hip-Hop supergroup from NYC. They gained popularity after their eponymous first album was put out for free digital download. This led to a followup album titled simply “Run The Jewels 2” which was also well received.
Originally a DJ, Skepta started emceeing alongside his brother and founded the group Boy Better Know. He is well known for releasing a lot of music under the Grime genre and re-popularizing it.
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