5 Hip Hop Artists to Watch This Year at SXSW
SXSW is known for many things, but rap isn’t necessarily one of them. That’s all about to change, however; with a dope AF roster of budding hip hop mavens, it’s only a matter of time before these five names (plus many, many more who are also gracing SXSW stages all across Austin) take center stage.
Below, meet just a handful of the new crew taking the hip hop world (and SXSW) by storm. And make sure to pencil their show dates in—you’ll definitely wanna catch ’em while you can.
NonameChicago’s Fatimah Warner is hardly a unknown name, nowadays; after releasing a debut mixtape, Telefone, last year (to rave reviews), guesting on tracks by Chi-town legend Chance the Rapper, and opening for parts of Ms. Lauryn Hill’s 2016 tour, she’s making waves. Noname is only playing one official SXSW show this year, so catch her while you can: she’ll be at Maggie Mae’s Rooftop on March 14 in Downtown Austin.
A$AP TwelvyyA$AP Twelvyy is fast establishing himself as the heir to the A$AP Mob throne (or at the very least, it’s latest golden boy), and with good reason: after dropping a slew of dope singles (“Motivation”, “Presidents”, and “Lords Never Worry” among them), his forthcoming mixtape, 2127301090, is sure to be met with high expectation. Here’s betting this rapper delivers; so far, so good. His SXSW show are still TBA, so stay tuned for more concrete info coming soon.
The BishopsThere’s something truly delectable about catching a SXSW set from Austin locals. If your festival schedule is already swamped, make room for one more: hip hop sibling trio The Bishops. With only one single under their belt (the dope debut track, “Blood Ring”), this group, comprised of Troy, Cara, and Luv Bishop, is set to take the hip hop world by storm. First chance to catch this crew? This Sunday, at the Empire Control Room & Garage.
LizzoLizzo wants you to feel “Good as Hell” this SXSW (listen to the single; it’s a good one), and there’s almost no doubting you will…assuming you’ll be at her shows, of course. The Midwest-based rapper, spotlighted recently for her post-inauguration “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” performance (during which her girl power anthem was blasted, loud and clear, as planned, despite unforeseen circumstances), tells us this: she’s not one to shy away from controversy, and committed—to really fucking good music. Listen IRL at Stubb’s on March 15.
GoldLink is on the cusp of something big—that much is obvious. A more nuanced observation of this budding artist would likely start with his 2014 debut mixtape, A God Complex, and its followup, And After That, We Didn’t Talk; after experiencing near-overnight success, this rapper has us all pining for more (and with good reason). SXSW dates are still TBA, so stay tuned for when and where to catch this hip hop maven next.
Images via Clash Magazine, Rap Dose, The Bishops, AM New York, and Billboard
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