What's on Tap

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DJ Forge's top 10 bands for hip hop fans at Hopscotch

Posted September 7, 2016

Kooley High

— There's a little bit of something for everyone at Hopscotch Music Festival, but here our top 10 picks for hip hop fans out there.


Well$ - Pretty sure Durham is still abuzz with Well$' performance at Moogfest, but this week Raleigh gets a piece of the action. Thursday at Deep South.

Ace Henderson - Those in the know will get a preview of Ace Henderson's latest album, Lap 143, on Wednesday night at CAM. Set your reminders for Thursday night for the live experience. Thursday at Deep South.

Zensofly - Fresh on the heels of her debut EP, Zensofly brings a unique sound from the NC rap scene to Hopscotch. Thursday at CAM.​


Erykah Badu - File this show under "no-brainer". Classic records you know alongside ones you may have missed as well. Friday night at Red Hat Amphitheater.

Eryka Badu

Young Thug - Arguably the biggest rap name on this year's schedule, Young Thug brings the current sound of Atlanta to Raleigh. Friday at Memorial Auditorium.

Young Thug

Anderson .Paak​ - Meteoric rise may be a cliche, but the last 365 days for Anderson .Paak have seen him grow into a household name in hip-hop and R&B. Get up to speed with his early 2016 album, Malibu. Friday at City Plaza.

Kooley High - Formed on campus at NC State in the aughts, Kooley High still maintains a consistent sound in 2016 -- despite being geographically divided. Friday at Kings.

Big Freedia

Big Freedia - Big Freedia is a staple of the New Orleans bounce scene and has been spearheading the spread of it's sound around the country. Freedia will prove to be one of the most exciting shows you'll attend during hopscotch - with a sound you won't find anywhere else throughout the year. Friday at Lincoln Theater.


Vince Staples - Fresh on the heels of his latest EP, Prima Donna, Vince Staples has set himself up to bring a ridiculous energy all the way from Cali to Raleigh. Saturday at City Plaza.

Vince Staples

Oak City Slums - Oak City Slums has quickly cemented his name in the production & beats world and is currently at the forefront of a triangle production renaissance. Slums possesses the unique ability to bounce between multiple genres with ease. Saturday at CAM.


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