Garage loves music, if you couldn’t tell! We are SO stoked to go to Osheaga Music Festival this weekend and here are the artists we are most excited to see. You may have heard of some of them, some are totally new, all are worth checking out. Each day leading up to the festival, take a look at some of the best artists from diverse music genres. Expand your music horizons and rock out to some totally awesome tunes.

PT. 1: HIP HOP

All of these boys are definitely on our list to see this coming weekend. Whether its the legendary Outkast or newcomers Chance the Rapper and J. Cole, we’re SO ready to get down.

Chance the Rapper
Real name: Chancelor Bennett
Who he is: American hip hop recording artist.
Why you should care: Starting to get worldwide recognition.
He says: When talking about where he was rapping in elementary school, he said: “Cafeteria, playground, on the school bus, at parties and stuff. Everywhere, man.” We wish we went to elementary school with Chance!

J. Cole
Real name: Jermaine Lamarr Cole
Who he is: American hip hop recording artist, songwriter and record producer.
Why you should care: He caught the attention of Jay-Z and has since had two no. 1 albums. If Jay-Z digs him you should too!
He says: When asked what it was like being in college, he said: “Oh, man, it was dope. I’m from a small town, and I was going to college in New York! It was the first time I wasn’t living with my mom, and there were girls on the floors right above and below me.”

Outkast
Real name: André “André 3000” Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton
Who they are: Hip hop artists from 1994.
Why you should care: BECAUSE ITS OUTKAST. They are legen- *wait for it* -dary.
André 3000 says: “I used to have this dream where I had this trick where I could fly. I would hover and then I would fly over the city, but it would be [made up of a] digital readout – fractal equations that made art. But when I would go to friends and say “I can do this,” it wouldn’t work. It only worked when it was not trying to do it. I have no idea what it means – maybe stop saying “Hey! I can do this” and just do it?”

You might be super into Childish Gambino, but just take a step back and look at him for a second. You will realize he is the guy from the tv show Community. Mind. Blown. Hard to take him seriously after that?

Childish Gambino
Real name: Donald Glover
Who he is: American hip hop recording artist and Troy Barnes on Community (LOL).
Why you should care: Because Troy Barnes is rapping.
He says: I feel like I have to inspire people. If I’d just stayed on ‘Community’ I don’t know if that would ever happen.

Explore artists from other genres in our five-part Osheaga artist profiles, and listen to our SoundCloud compilation below.

Pt. 2: Electronic
Pt. 3: Electronic (Canadian Edition)
Pt. 4: Indie Rock
Pt. 5: Dance

  • J Cole is really good. I also like his song, Daddy’s little girl.. Well, maybe because I am a Daddy’s girl..