Feb 14, 2017

If you’re headed to Miami for Rolling Loud, make sure you catch these sets.

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by liammccarthy

Contributor

Rolling Loud music festival released their 2017 lineup and that shit looks fuckin’ fire. The three-day event will take place from May 5-7 at Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida. Rolling Loud is notorious for keeping their festival STRICTLY hip-hop, as the event has featured nothing but buzzing rappers the past two years. The only downside of such a stacked lineup is the massive headliners overshadowing the up-ad-comers. Festivals are the best place to discover new music and experience an artist for the first time, so I picked 6 rappers that you NEED to catch at Bayfront Park this year (even if it means missing Future or K Dot’s set).

I’ve heard great things about the festival experience and am POSITIVE that if you love rap and are planning on hitting a festival this summer, go to Miami for Rolling Loud. Keep reading below to learn more about 5 of our favorite featured performers. Trust us, you don’t want to miss these sets. Click here to purchase your tickets.

 

Jay IDK

Jay IDK (an acronym for “Ignorantly Delivering Knowledge”) is going to tear apart his set at Rolling Loud. The Maryland-based rapper is known for making thought provoking music while simultaneously delivering the ambiance of a trappy, turn-up anthem. Jay’s style of rap is perfect for a live performance due to its upbeat nature, and will also be one of the few sets at which you can catch a lyrical, (semi) conscious rapper, if you’re into that type of thing. Jay IDK is currently on tour with Isaiah Rashad and is apparently delivering a headlining-worthy set every night. Stop by his stage at Rolling Loud if you wanna get lit to some lyrical rap.

 

WIFISFUNERAL

If you’ve ever taken the time to type “WIFISFUNERAL live” into YouTube, you know why I had to include the Florida rapper on this list. His music alone should be enough to convince you he’s a fuckin’ problem live, as WIFI‘s style of rap is pretty much as intense as it gets (he wasn’t on our 12 Rappers That Will ACTUALLY Make Your Ears Bleed list for nothing). The 19 year-old is sure to light the stage on fire with tracks such as “Trap Spot” and “Grim”, both featured on his breakout mixtape “Black Hearts Revenge.” Who knows, maybe we’ll even get lucky with a special appearance from fellow Rolling Loud artist Robb Bank$ for a live version of “It Don’t Matter.” Either way, I can promise you that WIFISFUNERAL will deliver one of the best sets at Rolling Loud ’17. You better fuckin’ be there for it.

 

A. CHAL

You may not recognize this name, and that is exactly why you need to catch A. CHAL‘s set at Rolling Loud. The Peruvian artist creates acid trips in the form if audio, delivering a very distinct vibey, atmospheric sound that will leave you wanting more.  His drug-laced tracks have gained some love online (especially “Round Whippin”) but overall, Alejandro Chal doesn’t get nearly as much love as he should. It’ll be interesting to see his performance at Rolling Loud being that his music isn’t predominantly rap, though he does have a rather urban sound which surely makes him fit for the audience.

 

Larry June

San Francisco‘s Larry June made a ton of noise in 2016 and just dropped a fire new EP titled “Larry Two.” Larry dropped mad hits last year, ranging from “Glock 40” to “Joog One Time” and isn’t slowing down at all. His Bay influence is prominent in his records even though his production has more of a southern influence (including new tracks with Atlanta veterans Zaytoven & OG Parker), creating a really dope, distinct sound that is going to be ill live. Do not miss this set.

XXXtentacion

This should be a given. If you weren’t planning on watching X’s set (assuming he’s released from jail in time…)…what the fuck are you thinking? XXXtentacion is one of the hottest up-and-coming rappers in the game, amid a jailing that has kept the rapper behind bars since October. His single “Look at Me!” has over 16 millon plays on SoundCloud and just got ripped by Drake. If Drizzy jacking your flow doesn’t mean you’re something special, I don’t know what does. Plus his intense, distorted records will go super hard live.