You’ve probably heard by now that Zane Lowe is curating an Official Lollapalooza Aftershow at Concord Music Hall as part of his OCDC series at music festivals across the country. Zane's hand pick selections for Saturday’s Concord showcase include up and comers Towkio, Jidenna, Aminé, and Kami.
Here’s the deal with Zane, the show, and his picks.
New Zealander, Zane Lowe has done just about everything you can in the music industry. Starting with DJing, transitioning to presenting and hosting with MTV Europe, then landing a BBC Radio 1 show with a global audience from 2003-2015. During his time at BBC Radio, he interviewed the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Eminem.
His most recent accolade, aside from co-writing Sam Smith’s debut album, In The Lonely Hour, is the lead tastemaking DJ on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio. Zane is also host of the new show, Planet of the Apps. It comes down to this, the dude knows his stuff and has made a career of identifying rising stars.
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Born and raised in Chicago, this twenty-something rapper has already released a solid amount of music in a short time. With one mixtape, and three EPs released between 2012 and 2016, Towkio is showing no sign of slowing down. His latest release, Drift is a rhyme-driven, sample heavy track, that paints a picture of his rap repertoire. Inspired by Yeezy and Lil Wayne, Chicago Tribune has described the young rapper’s sound as "an adventurous mix of rap, '90s soul, jazz and generally weird, fuzzed-out beats."
You can have a listen to Towkio’s music on SoundCloud.
Originally born in Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, Jidenna was partially raised in Nigeria, but moved back to the states when he was six. The rapper/singer is currently signed to Janelle Monáe's Wondaland Records label. His first official single, "Classic Man,” was released in February 2015 featuring Gian Arthur, and received a ubiquitous airplay. The track debuted at number 49 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, and was eventually nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. His second single “Yoga,” features Janelle Monáe herself. You may also recognize him from Season 1 episode 5 of Luke Cage, which opens with Jidenna performing "Long Live the Chief." His debut album, The Chief, is out now, so take a listen before the show.x
You can find Jidenna’s music on SoundCloud.
This 2017 XXL Freshman already has two mixtapes, an EP, and a full length studio album under his belt. At age 23, Aminé already has an impressive catalog. The Portland native’s debut single "Caroline" peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and landed him a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. With tracks featuring infectious beats like “REDMERCEDES,” his stage presence is sure to get the any crowd hype. Check out Aminé recently released debut album, Goodforyou.
You can check out Amine’s music on SoundCloud.
Named one of Redeye’s "5 Chicago acts to watch in 2017," local artist Kami is creating a name for himself in the Windy City, and beyond. A part of the Chicago’s Savemoney hip hop collective, Kami makes up one half of hip hop duo Leather Corduroys. Kami dropped a mixtape back in 2012, and has released one EP, Superstar, and a full length, Just Like The Movies this year. Just Like The Movies has guest features from Towkio, Vic Mensa, and Joey Purp. Be ready for a breakout performance from Kami on Saturday night.
You can hear Kami’s music on SoundCloud.
With Zane Lowe at the helm of this Chicago heavy hip hop showcase during Lollapalooza, there’s no telling who might show up in the audience or on stage. Make your Saturday night count, and snag your tickets to this one-of-a-kind show here.