It’s finally summertime which means the epic return of Breakaway Music Festival. After a hiatus, the festival is back to Ohio with a boisterous roster including some of hip-hop’s most talented young artists on the brink. We’re breaking down these acts right here, right now.
It’s only right that I start with Ohio’s own, Jerreau. Jerreau is one of three pieces that make up the group Fly Union.
You may have heard Jerreau’s breakout single, “I Really Got It”, from his latest project Never How You Plan. This track was most recently featured in a Beats by Dre commercial congratulating LeBron James on his third NBA title. However, this wasn’t Jerreau’s first song associated with King James. His song “Long Run” was featured on NBA 2k14’s soundtrack curated by LeBron himself. The sky is the limit when you’re associated with the most popular athlete in the world.
D.R.A.M stands for Does Real Ass Music, and that’s exactly what he does. The Virginia based rapper was signed to Atlantic Records in 2015 after the success of his radio single “Cha Cha”. The song “Cha Cha” has previously been compared or confused with Drake’s hit single “Hotline Bling”.
Although being in the shadow of greatness, D.R.A.M continued his success after releasing Chance The Rapper produced EP, Gahdam. After completing the Gahdam Tour last winter, D.R.A.M. released his newest single “Broccoli” featuring XXL Freshman 16 member Lil Yachty. “Broccoli” is currently #65 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
PANDA PANDA PANDA!
You don’t need an introduction when the first song you put out goes #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Not to mention Kanye West samples your song on The Life Of Pablo and then signs you to G.O.O.D. Music…then you land on the cover of XXL Freshman ’16 edition.
You also got to perform at the 2016 BET Awards at 19 years old. Meanwhile you did all of this with only one song. Wow, what a year for this guy! *cues applause*. You can now listen to Desiigner’s debut mixtape New English, and sing along with him on his six-city summer tour. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s in store from this on the brink artist at Breakaway.
Lil Uzi Vert
Philadelphia native Lil Uzi Vert has really taken the rap game by storm. He was pictured on the cover of XXL Magazine’s Freshman edition and most recently released a song with fellow Pennsylvania rapper Wiz Khalifa titled “Pull Up”. The Atlanta-influenced MC also made a guest appearance on DJ Esco’s newest mixtape Project E.T. Esco Terrestrial hosted by Future.
Lil Uzi’s mixtape Lil Uzi vs.The World has two stand out singles, “Money Longer” and the apologetic anthem “You Was Right”. Uzi will also be performing at the Hard Summer Festival and the Budweiser Made It In America Festival in his hometown of Philly.
Ty Dolla $ign
Ty Dolla $ign necessarily isn’t a rapper, but due to his heavy influence on the hip-hop game through song writing and collaborations, we had to put him on the list. With the Fifth Harmony chart topper “Work From Home” – #7 on the Billboard Hot 100- Ty Dolla has established himself in the mainstream world of not just Hip-Hop and R&B.
He is also featured alongside Lil Wayne, Logic, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons & X Ambassadors on the lead single “Sucker for Pain” from the Marvel motion picture Suicide Squad soundtrack. To follow up the release of his 2015 debut studio album Free TC, Dolla $ign will be going on a world tour starting July 7th.