Austin City Limits Festival is coming up soon and Team 360 is digging into the lineup. For each week up leading up to the festival we’ve been presenting a mini-mix, a set of songs from festival, arranged around a theme. Today we explore hip-hop’s ever-expanding presence at the fest with the Rap Pack.
“Early” Run the Jewels (5 p.m. Fri., Miller Lite). The hard-hitting, aggro-rap duo of El-P and Killer Mike is one of the most vital forces in hip-hop today. This song (which includes a hook from fellow ACL Fest artist Boots) was a perfect response to 2014’s brutal summer of social unrest and racial strife.
“0 to 100/The Catch Up” Drake (8:30 p.m. Sat., Samsung Galaxy). True confession: I don’t think Drake’s a great rapper. He’s a good rapper, but his lyrical reach is limited. He writes perfectly serviceable verses about what it’s like to be Drake. Having said that, he is a great performer, there’s something magnetic about his plaintive sing-song delivery, and this song packs heat.
“Warm Enough” Donnie Trumpet/Chance the Rapper (5:30 p.m. Sun., Miller Lite). The new album from Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment, the Chance the Rapper-fronted full band ensemble is one of the year’s strongest, a rich platter of beats and rhymes laced with lush jazzy grooves. This track is a gorgeous, watercolor love song for a summer afternoon.
“Pharsyde” A$AP Rocky (6:30 p.m. Sat., Samsung Galaxy). Combining the screwed up Houston sound he loves with melancholy, violent imagery Rocky paints a dark picture of his native Harlem in this epic tale of love and death.
“Lemme Know” Vince Staples. (2:30 p.m. Sat., Austin Ventures). With a massive double album that runs the gamut from gritty street rap to steamy booty club jams, Staples raced to the top of this year’s hip-hop releases. This slinky sex jam featuring Jhené Aiko is a sublime ode to ambiguous summer hook ups.
“Where Ya At?” Future ft. Drake (6 p.m. Fri., Honda, weekend one only). Future’s Percoset-laced strip club mumbles aren’t usually my thing, but something about the monotonous refrain over the brooding groove on this one works for me. Also, Drake steps in halfway through to pull it out of the murk.
“Booty Sweat” Riders Against the Storm (11:45 a.m. Sat., Austin Ventures, weekend two only). The husband/wife hip-hop duo who have electrified Austin’s hip-hop scene bring all that “Booty Sweat” to your Saturday morning.
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