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Field Day is in a matter of days, here’s who you Hip-Hop heads need to see.
I’ve played it fast and loose with the term “Hip-Hop” in the title of this blog. Technically each of these six artists has ties to the Hip-Hop genre – I just didn’t want to use the term “urban” … yuck. Anyway here’s a few artists bringing some of the best Rap, RnB, Soul, Grime and everything in between to Field Day 2018. There’s way more where this came from but here’s three on Friday and three on Saturday to base your schedule around.
You need to see em all live, don’t miss these acts in Brockwell Park this weekend.
Friday, Dimensions Stage – 17.00
IAMDDB may just be the coolest person in Manchester. The twenty-two-year-old has been riding a wave since releasing the excellent Hoodrich Vol.3 mixtape in 2017. This release really made the UK and beyond take notice of her fresh Trap/Jazz sound. She can sing, she can dance, she can rap, she’s had a sell-out UK tour this year so expect one of the biggest crowds of the weekend for her Field Day performance.
“Shade” has become like Britain’s version of “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B. It’s an undisputable banger, check out IAMDDB’s DIY style video for the tune below.
Friday, Superdry Sounds Stage – 18.40
Born in Baltimore but raised in Brooklyn JPEGMAFIA has turned heads with his high-octane live performance. His crazy show at SXSW earlier this year was an “I Was There” kind of moment. Since then he has released Veteran which is widely considered as one of the best Rap records of the year so far. JPEG’s trajectory is only pointing upwards, with a sold-out headline show in London in the lead up to Field Day – I’d make sure to catch him on the Superdry Sounds Stage this Friday.
“Baby I’m Bleeding” should give you an idea of what to expect.
Friday, EYOE/Fader Main Stage – 19.30
The south London MC makes a glorious return to Field Day in 2018. He gathered a rowdy crowd at the main stage last year and showed that his relatively chill discography can be amped up where necessary for the live performance. Carner commands the stage, oozing charisma with just himself and his trusty DJ, this performance will feel like a real homecoming for Loyle as he grew up just down the road from the festival site.
Check out “NO CD” from Carner’s class debut album Yesterday’s Gone released last year.
Saturday, CRACK Stage – 14.10
Seeing Earl Sweatshirt perform should be on every rap fan’s bucket list. Since storming on to the scene when he was just sixteen, it’s been clear that Earl will be a household Hip-Hop name for years to come. Sweatshirt has been popping up on collaboration tracks and trying his hand at producing since his last album release in 2015. He’s a crazy talented performer, don’t leave Field Day without catching his hard-hitting West Coast sound.
Here’s “Chum” one of the best introspective and personal Rap songs of the last five years.
Saturday, CRACK Stage – 15.05
You’ll need to check out the exciting talent that is New York-native Princess Nokia. Her excellent debut record 1992 saw her explode on to the scene with huge beats, clever lyricism and a nice take on the East Coast sound. With her latest EP A Girl Cried Red she’s added elements of Rock and Emo into her mix further emphasizing how diverse an artist she is.
Expect fireworks when Nokia performs “Tomboy” live.
Saturday, EYOE/The Quietus Main Stage – 15.30
One of Grime’s new heavyweights, at just 23-years-old he has to be in the conversation for best in the game right now. AJ’s live show is a must-see, he brings so much raw energy to the performance that you can’t help but get involved.
He dropped “Mimi” earlier this year adding another notch to his already stacked banger belt.
There’s still time to grab your Field Day tickets people! Just follow this link: ticketweb.co.uk/fieldday