Electric Picnic are always championing Irish hip hop, especially in recent years since the genre has experienced a big upturn in quantity and quality of rappers.
We’ve selected a list of artists that anyone at Picnic should make it their mission to see live.
Trenchtown is going to be the spot to catch some homegrown hip hop this weekend if you’re in Stradbally. They’ve put together a diverse line up of artists, and first up on our list to play the area are Tebi Rex.
The duo bring a unique energy to the stage and will undoubtedly have the little slice of Jamaica that is Trenchtown bopping.
Another Trenchtown performance not to miss is Sequence. His blend of hip hop with Afro-Caribbean influences make him a truly unique act on the Irish circuit.
He also just released a brand new video for ‘Problem(wahala)’ which you can check out below.
One artist who’s been on a big climb of late is JYellowL. Whether he’s performing thought-provoking spoken word to a silent crowd, or making an audience bounce, JYellow is a lyricist to keep your eye firmly fixed on in the future.
Catch him at Trenchtown.
Yet another reason to visit Trenchtown during its tenth birthday celebrations is Backshed Inc. The group features Damola, Ange MC, Sam Ojo and Ama and whether it’s a group project or solo release, they’ve been consistently putting out high quality tracks since forming.
Word Up Collective’s latest member is an exciting prospect. The young Belfast MC has a relentless flow and we’re excited to catch him live.
He plays Trenchtown alongside lots of other members of the collective.
Perhaps the most rapidly-ascending artist on this list, Jafaris has been making big waves of late and his recent video for ‘If You Love Me’ proves he’s ready to break into the mainstream.
Catch him on Saturday at 1.45pm at the Rankin’s Wood area.
After a couple of date changes, Dublin-based rappers NEOMADiC finally shared their debut mixtape at the beginning of August, and it was worth the wait.
They’re another unmissable act playing Trenchtown this weekend.
The Choice Music Prize winners will bring their infectiously energetic live show Rankin’s Wood this coming weekend.
Check out their latest video below.
Mythill Grim is one of the most talented rappers in Dublin right now, blending conscious and dark lyrics, with a unique delivery. He’s also one of the first members of the new District Recordings label.
He plays the Body&Soul Stage on Friday at 8pm.
Prepare for energy as grime and hip hop MC and beatmaker duo Mango and MathMan put Trenchtown and Mindfield: The Word – Poetry & Slam on lock down.
Mango’s new album ‘Casual Work is on the way too, so keep an eye out for that.
We had Kojaque play at our last party in Wah Wah Club’s basement, and things got super sweaty. In fact, every time we see him live things get a little crazy. He’s also got a new EP on the way, and you can get a sneaky listen to one of the songs from that by clicking here.
You’d be silly to miss this one. No word on stage times just yet though…
Another trip home for Irish hip hop’s poster-boy, as Rejjie Snow takes to the stage at Picnic.
He released the mixtape ‘The Moon & You’ as a free to download several weeks ago and it featured Joey Bada$$ and more. He’s also shared a selection of tracks from his forthcoming LP ‘Dear Annie’, which is set to arrive ‘later this year’, most notably the popular ‘Flexin”.
This is going to be a seminal moment for Irish hip hop, and it’ll be something everyone will be boasting about being at in the campsite afterwards.
On Friday at 8pm in Rankin’s Wood, Mo-K will be joined by a 50-piece orchestra as they detail the history of rap. Mango, Jafaris, Jess Kav and Erica Cody will provide vocals.