Editor’s note: We love getting in the mood for the festival by previewing the best artists to watch. This post is the first of a series covering the best talent at the fest. Listen now, then add these acts to your festival schedule. This first round of artists to watch comes from @atxconcert.
Kevin Gates is an American rapper, singer, and entrepreneur from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Gates is one of the creators and co-owner of Bread Winners’ Association, a investment group turned music recording label. He is most famous for his hits “Out the Mud”, “I Don’t Get Tired”, and “Really, Really”.
If you’re a fan of Houston rap, you’re likely familiar with the Sauce Twinz, the duo of Sauce Walka and Sancho Saucey. They take influence from the zealous trap sound of Atlanta, and their rampant ad libbing has earned them comparisons to Migos.
G. Herbo, formally known as Lil Herb, is an American rapper, from Chicago, Illinois. His first mixtape, Welcome To Fazoland, was met with critical acclaim. He has collaborated with major artists like Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper, and Common.
Pell is a New Orleans-bred and Starksville, Mississippi-based rapper. He is quickly making his mark with a distinctive mixture of rap over an equally distinctive mixture of trap and dubby trip-pop that forms the rhythmic bed for his post-Drake flow.
Sonny Digital is an American record producer and rapper from Atlanta, Georgia, who rose to prominence after producing YC’s hit single “Racks” in 2011. He is best known for his production on ILoveMakonnen’s “Tuesday”, Future’s single “Same Damn Time”, and 2 Chainz’s “Birthday Song” featuring Kanye West.
Little Simz is an English rapper, musician, actress and singer. Though she’s only 21, she’s already got her own label, AGE 101. After releasing three mixtapes, her fourth release, Blank Canvas, premiered on Jay Z’s ‘Life & Times’ website, and soon after she received acclaim across the industry.
Jayson Jenkins, better known by his stage name Mick Jenkins, is an American hip-hop recording artist who is signed with Cinematic Music Group. His most recent project is an EP titled Wave[s].
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