Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 3, 2014
From: Minneapolis, Minn.
SXSW set: 11 p.m. Thursday, The North Door.
Could share a bill with: Major Lazer, Snoop Dogg, Spank Rock
About the artist: With ferocious mic skills, a wild theatrical style and attitude for days, Minneapolis rapper Lizzo has the potential to become everything we once hoped that Nicki Minaj would become — a club bangin’ female emcee who doesn’t sacrifice whip smart rhymes for auto-tuned hooks. She cut her teeth in powerhouse female groups like the Chalice and GRRL Party and is currently on tour with Minneapolis experimental supergroup Marijuana Deathsquads. With any luck this could be her year.