Easily one of the most influential rappers in the game right now, Chance the Rapper comes to Tampa fresh off of a sold out tour. The first Independent artist to win not one, but three Grammy Awards. This 2017 Emmy nominee is currently one of America’s top recording artists, record producers and philanthropists. Hailing from Chicago’s West Chatham neighborhood, Chance’s music is influenced by the likes of Kanye west, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne and Eminem. Chance began to gain recognition on his second mixtape, “Acid Rap,” in 2013. His third, and most recent, album Coloring Book is the first streaming-only album to receive and win a Grammy nomination. Along with his rising solo career Chance is also a member of the Chicago collective Save Money. In November 2014 Chance was named Chicago’s Outstanding Youth of the Year by Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel - for actively fighting against gun violence in his hometown. Chance the Rapper’s SocialWorks Youth Empowerment Charity has raised over $2.2 million in support of Chicago Public Schools. Whether it be his philanthropist activity, or his strong messaged lyrics, Chance is truly trying to make the world have “No Problem” so break me off a piece of that…
Philadelphia native, Lil Uzi Vert is quickly gaining notoriety in the hip hop scene. Named one of the ten XXL’s Freshman in 2016, Lil Uvi Vert has definitely been an artist to watch. Inspired by Marilyn Manson with influences like Kanye, Pharrell, ASAP Rocky, Young Thug The Ying Yang Twins and Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi’s style is the future of rap. He’s collaborated on projects with several prominent rappers, the most notable of which is his appearance on Migos’ “Bad and Boujee”, which became his first number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100. Currently, “XO TOUR Llif3” is Uzi’s highest charting song as a lead artist, having reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. Noisey calls him “articularly charismatic”, a “natural entertainer” who is “for better or worse, yanking people into the future”.
Formed in 2009, WiLD Splash 2017 headliner and American hip hop trio Migos consists of Takeoff, Offset and Quavo. These guys are more than just an American hip hop group, they’re family. In 2013 the mixtape Y.R.N (Young Rich Niggas) was released which featured their breakthrough single “Versace.” This track gained even more notoriety after Drake remixed the track later that year. In 2014 their single “Fight Night” hit number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100. 2017 brought Migos not one, but two BET Awards – one for Best Group and one for Best Collaboration for their song “Bad and Boujee” which features Lil Uzi Vert. With a sound unlike anyone else in the game, it’s safe to say that these guys will continue to bringing us hits and iconic music for years to come.
In the early 2000’s, Atlanta-based rapped and actor Ludacris, became one of the most influential “Dirty South” rappers to achieve mainstream success. Ludacris co-founded his own record label, Disturbing Tha Peace, under Def Jam Recordings. Most recognized for songs such as Fantasy and My Chick Bad, Ludacris has also left his mark on southern rap. His roles in films like the Fast & Furious franchise (2, 5, 6 & 7), Crash and Hustle & Flow. Luda boasts five number one hits on the Billboards, three Grammy’s, a Screen Actors Guild award for his role in Crash, ten BET Awards and MTV VMA’s. Along with being a hit recording artist and actor, Ludacris has also done philanthropy work to better the New Orleans community. In 2011 he joined Do Something, and Better World Books to help restock and collect book for New Orleans libraries. Needless to say whether it’s from his many roles as an actor or dirty south rap style, Ludacris is a truly unforgettable part of hip hop and southern rap culture.
Texas native, Lecrae is two-time Grammy Award winning hip hop recording artist, songwriter, actor and record producer known for his Christianity-inspired music. He co-founded the independent record label Reach Records, and is the president and co-founder of the non-profit organization ReachLife Ministries. In 2012 Lecrae released his sixth studio album Gravity, which won him a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album in 2013 - marking the first time a hip hop artist has won this award. Throughout his music career, Lecrae has earned himself seven Gospel Music Awards, three Stellar Awards, two BET Awards, two Soul Train Awards and a Billboard Award.
Canadian born, Jessie Reyez comes from strong Colombian roots and grew up surrounded with music. Her main source of inspiration comes from her father who plays the guitar. She stated singing at the age of three, and at the age of 8 she began recording herself on tape. She joined the Remix Project, an art school for the young, where she had a chance to work with rapper King Louie. Through King Louie, she met Chance The Rapper and became good friends with him. In 2016 Jessie Reyez released her first single “Figures,” which has over 5.7 million views on YouTube.
Atlanta-based, 24hrs is one of the fastest-growing intermediate rap-artists of our generation. He originally recorded under the stage name [Rolls] Royce Rizzy, but later changed it to 24hrs after a brief stint with Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def records. In 2016 he released several buzz-worthy singles and an EP titled Open, under Private Club Records. With songs like “Time” and “Count Me Out,” which features Ty Dollar $ign, he’s been coined as “an enigma” as well as a “mystery artist.” His eight-track follow-up album Night Shift dropped in May of this year. With collaborations with artists like MadeinTYO (his brother), Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, G-Eazy, Rick Ross, PnB Rock and Blackbear you should expect to see big things from 24hrs in the near future