CHANCE THE RAPPER [US]
Chance the Rapper is the next big thing. With his release Coloring Book last year, the Chicago native took the step from being acclaimed to becoming adored. And that’s by fans and critics alike. Nominated for seven (!) and the winner of three (!) Grammy Awards! Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album. His gospel rap, where holiness meets the street, became one of last year’s hot topics and has established the young rapper in the forefront of hip hop’s development. When he’s not pushing boundaries or rapping about love and compassion, he’s also an important figure in the battle against gun-related violence in Chicago. At the moment, Chance is headlining gigantic festivals oversees, and it’s only a matter of time until he becomes the biggest of them all. Just wait and see.
As of right now, Chance the Rapper has released five mixtapes, with two of them being collaborations with Lil B and Jeremih respectively. He’s also released an album with his friends in the Social Experiment, and worked as a member of the Chicago-based hip hop collective Savemoney together with Vic Mensa. Last year, he also co-wrote and was featured on several songs on Kanye Wests astonishing “The Life of Pablo”. His biggest success so far is however last year’s “Coloring Book” which gained him both a spot on the Billboard 200 list and three Grammy’s That this superstar never has released an actual album that’s purchasable is equally surprising every time it’s mentioned.
DANNY BROWN [US]
Pain and hedonism. Hip hop and post punk. Party and debauchery. Detroit-rapper Danny Brown is a master of getting seemingly unmixable concepts together in his own unique way. With his often humorously absurd lyrics, delivered over beats that other rappers wouldn’t event think about using, Brown has crushed the norms of hip hop on his four albums, nine mixtapes and three EP:s. Atrocity Exhibition, his latest full length, was a full on hip hop orgy, and one of the most uncompromising hip hop albums the world has seen – ever.
Danny Brown grew up in Detroit, where he before becoming a musician made a living through drug dealing. Apart from his always-excellent solo outputs, he’s also collaborated with a range of other artists – this last year most notably with The Avalanches and Run the Jewels. His distinguished flow can solely turn a song from decent to masterpiece in just a couple of bars. That’s just the way Danny Brown is. His last time at Way Out West was back in 2013 when he delivered a memorable and energetic set – imagine what it will be like seeing him again with new material this summer.