A Lesson in Hip-Hop: Bonnaroo 2011

Good evening M&T readers, today we have a very special treat for all of you. Below you will find a preview of the hip-hop performers appearing at this year’s Bonnaroo, courtesy of our guest contributor, Patrick, who is going to give us some periodical updates on the hip-hop world throughout the coming months. It is a change of pace for M&T so let us know what you think, because we are out to please everyone–

The hip-hop lineup at this year’s Bonnaroo combines an interesting mix that includes mainstream artists, up and coming young rappers, and a few lesser known acts. Truth be told, I’m actually more excited about the young rappers than the headline hip-hop acts. Here is who I am most excited to see and why:

1. J Cole

J Cole was the first artist to sign to Jay-Z’s new label Roc Nation. I’m ashamed to say that I have just recently started to listen to J Cole when a friend suggested him to me while I was in the Dominican Republic. Anyways I checked him out and he is hands down the best new rapper I have listened to in the last ten or so years. His flow is unbelievable and he can tell a story in his verses just as well as any of the veterans. He also defies the stereotypical rapper, graduating from St. John’s University in New York City with a degree in communication and a minor in business. He also graduated magna cum laude, pretty impressive. The most amazing part of J Cole is that his mixtapes are even better than 99% of the studio albums that mainstream rappers release today. I highly suggest that you go to http://datpiff.com and download both mixtapes Friday Night Lights, and The Warm Up, just to get a good taste of what J Cole is all about. Seriously give him a listen, I guarantee he’ll put on one of the best shows at Bonnaroo.

2. Wiz Khalifa

Taylor Gang over everything, paperplanes! Yung Khalifa is a young rapper who is blowing up right now. He’s actually the Spring concert at my college this year and people were waiting for eight hours to get a ticket, and camping out the night before. It was the fastest sellout in UNH history. He knows what his audience wants to hear, with slow and almost hypnotic beats to his raps that are always full of witty metaphors. I have to quickly give a shout out to my boy Nate here, he told me to listen to Wiz like five years ago when we were still in high school, said he would blow up soon. Nice call NJT the 1st.

3. Lil’ Wayne

Everyone obviously knows Weezy, so I won’t waste your time explaining who he is. Should be an interesting show, especially since he recently got out of prison. I feel like the show will have an awesome atmosphere, but I feel like the music could be 50/50. Lil’ Wayne has so many great songs, but also so many terrible songs. But hey most people are going to have a great time either way.

4. Atmosphere

The pride of Minneapolis themselves. Atmosphere is made up of MC Slug and DJ ANT (a lot of people don’t know that Atmosphere is a duo). Atmosphere is signed to the underground label Rhymesayers, with many other good rappers (I suggest you go to their website and check them out, I bet M&T readers will actually like them). I’ve been listening to Atmosphere for years and have always wanted to see them live. I’ve heard they put on a great show, and have a lot of classics that they can play with their newer music. Sad to say I haven’t heard much of their new stuff, but I can give you plenty of classics.

5. Eminem

Once again everyone knows who Eminem is. Don’t get me wrong I love Eminem but I’m not a huge fan of his newest CD. I’m sure he’ll also play some of his classics though.


6. Big Boi

Half of the legendary southern rap group Outkast, Big Boi is the veteran of the hip-hop acts at Bonnaroo. He’s a fun rapper, and can rap fast and slow as well as anyone. His old school and new school beats are all pretty ill if I do say so myself. I saw him live a couple summers ago at Rock the Bells, and he puts on an energetic show, so don’t let the low ranking deceive you, he would be near the top if I hadn’t already caught one of his shows. He also is known to rap his verses in a few old Outkast classics, which is definitely something to look out for. I’d be excited for this show if I were you.


7. Chiddy Bang

Chiddy Bang got big when they came out with the song “The Opposite of Adults” that sampled MGMT’s Kids. Honestly I don’t really listen to Chiddy Bang, and that’s the only song I know by them. They’re just not my style. I know some people like them, so I’m just going to put one of their most popular songs from YouTube for you and let you decide.

I’m not saying you’ll like it all, I’m just asking that you give it a chance. Enjoy Bonnaroo!

Posted on by Eric in A Lesson in Hip Hop

0 Responses to A Lesson in Hip-Hop: Bonnaroo 2011

  1. Lani C Redinger

    Ummmm…. you forgot Kellee Maize, Female Rapper from Pittsburgh!

  2. matt john

    nice post! can’t wait for this.

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  4. greatwhitenorthminer

    You won’t be disappointed with Atmosphere. Saw them in Salt Lake. They were amazing. I hope they play a lot of stuff from Seven’s Travels. I think it is their best album.

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