The 2015 SXSW festival is underway, and with the film portion of things wrapping up, it's time to get ready for the music. In addition to the 2015 Woodie Awards and big performances from artists like J.Cole, Young Thug and A$AP Rocky, there are a roster of rap rookies on this year's lineup that you simply won't want to miss.
Check out the list below, and make sure to get there early for a good spot.
The Detroit rapper burst onto the scene last year with her hit "Try Me" and she's quickly becoming a fixture in rap. One of her biggest looks so far was a feature on Eminem's "Detroit vs. Everybody," -- and even an appearance in the video. Catch her on Tuesday, Mar. 17, from 11:20PM - 11:40PM at Blackheart.
The St. Paul, Minnesota rapper was relatively unknown until he appeared on Kanye West's new single "All Day" and now we'll probably be hearing a lot more from him in the coming months. Catch him on Saturday, Mar. 21 from 7:30PM - 8:00PM at ACL Live at the Moody Theater.
Dreezy has the lyrical talents to become Chicago rap royalty, even landing an appearance in the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards cypher. Last year, Common even spotlighted her on the album art for Nobody's Smiling. Catch her Thursday, Mar. 19, from
8:30PM - 8:40PM at the Austin Music Hall.
Fetty Wap has been bubbling thanks to his hit "Trap Queen" and then in February, he caught a pretty big break when Kanye West brought him out as a special guest during a show in New York City. Oh, and Jay Z was in the crowd boppin' to the New Jersey rapper's music. Catch him Friday, Mar. 20 from 11:30PM - 11:50PM at the Gypsy Lounge.
Nas signed the Harlem rapper to his Mass Appeal label last year, so you already know that he's the real deal. Take a listen to his breakthrough mixtape Black Rose, which dropped in July. Then catch him Friday, Mar. 20, 5:45PM - 6:00PM at Scoot Inn.
California rappers Kent, Joon, Sleezy P, and Creamie aren't afraid of pushing boundaries, which is obvious if you've ever seen their video for "Rich White Friends." Above they break down the clip and explain their thoughts on fans using the n-word at shows. Catch them Thursday, Mar. 19, 9:45PM - 9:55PM at Austin Music Hall.
OK--technically Skepta is well-established and well-respected Grime artist in the U.K. but I'm looking forward to him building a name Stateside. Earlier this year, he mobbed with Kanye West during his performance at the BRIT Awards. Catch him Thursday, Mar. 19, from 12:00AM - 12:50AM at the Gypsy Lounge.
The 19-year-old HBK Gang singer is definitely a star-in-the-making (even though she's not actually a rapper). In addition to her impressive vocals, she's a trip to follow on social media and she's been performing sold out shows across the U.S. Catch her Friday, Mar. 20 from 12:40AM - 1:00AM at Highland.
The ATL-based hip-hop collective puts on the kind of show that you can't forget. And they're rocking with some beats from Mike Will Made It, so you really can't go wrong. Catch them Wednesday, Mar. 18, from 12:40AM - 1:00AM on Palm Door on Sixth.
Your Old Droog
After dropping his YOD EP last year, Droog drew heavy comparisons to Nas, but has been coming into his own the past few months. His latest Kinison EP has been met with rave reviews and helped land him a spot on Royce da 5'9" and DJ Premier's current PRhyme tour. Catch him Saturday, Mar. 21 from 8:30PM - 8:50PM at Bungalow.