The rap class of 2016 comes of age at JMBLYA

Toronto rapper Jazz Cartier simply named the sold-out JMBLYA festival, which is a nice space of saying that he performed firstly. As the Polaris-nominated newcomer with two free mixtapes and two hot singles floating around Spotify, thats fine for now.

Im like a wrestler, Im starting out, he tells the Daily Dot backstage hours after climbing a load of orators and stage-diving.

Its a tempestuou Saturday in downtown Austin, Texas. Sporting neon dreadeds, a ruby-red sweatshirt, overalls, and plastic bags to shield his snakeskin Nike Supremes from the silt, Jazz Cartier( born Jaye Adams) acts with the unhinged majesty of post-Iggy Pop limb-shakersthe type of typically straight, lily-white rock-and-roll singers who kick over the microphone stand or hoist it high-pitched and twirl.

I cant sit here and tell you that Ive been to a boulder picture ever in my life, Cartier says when I mention that this parking lots daytime party, buoyant with youth, recalls the mosh pit-friendly Vans Warped Tours of the late 90 s. All my forces come from rap, watching documentaries.

Cartier, who is labeled as a kind of loony, is quick to joke about his wide-reaching colorwheel of interests.( I want to get into nude painting soon. Crochet, shit like that. Knitting .) But musically, hes mainly just interested in hip-hop. Whereas maniacs and geeks like Theophilus London and A$ AP Rocky boasting about their flourish of musical acquaintance, rap has expanded in minds enough for Cartier to find everything he involves here.

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Dead or Alive is chest-thumping, on-the-block paranoia; Ring is Auto-Tune, piano-layered R& B; 100 Rose is a brass-blaring EDM descent that locates him screaming like OG Macos U Predicted It. Cartiers latest video for Read Alert/ 100 Roses landed last week with a virtual reality factor.

Like most rappers these days, Cartier is paying his stripes along the road. At South by Southwest, he says he performed eight mounts. In the meantime, hes online, scoping out the race.( I couldnt imagine life without the Internet, he says .)

Im the top dog. Im the one. Its me or nothing, Cartier says about Toronto hip-hop. You have Drake, then me. Thats how I learn stuffs. Period.

Cartier chuckles immediately after the declaration. Hes likewise quick to douse the JMBLYA festivals aptitude with praise, extremely: Future( the fucking godfather ), Kehlani( an angel ), Rae Sremmurd( those people are my n **** as ), and white-guy-of-the-moment Post Malone( I fuck with Post Thats my pup .)

He said today the next step, a proper album, “il go to” take him a while. A time from now? He expects to headline this thing. If that seems preposterous, keep in psyche that the promoters behind JMBLYAa two-day carnival in Dallas and Austin boasting mirroring lineups that realized more than 27,000 cool girls attendmade a name for themselves by wagering on the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott, and Wiz Khalifa early in their careers.

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Saturdays headliner, space-age Atlanta king Future, to be executed in Austin for the fourth duration since Octoberan inspired 33 -song set to boot. Hell be back in the summer with Drake.

I think its season for the show to start, he said two-thirds of the direction into his set. Texas family, so we gotta do something special.

The aforementioned Scott, having just opened forRihannaat a nearby arena, closed the darknes with an unscripted utterance object and played blog amaze Upper Echelon and radio staple Antidote. But the rap Internets breakout favourites grabbed the mic in the sunlight.

Louisiana good guyKevin Gatesattacked bandwagon fanswho presumably havent suffer witness to hisstream-of-conscious Instagram videosand didnt even bother to act his hit single I Dont Get Tired.Kehlani, who veered nationally after a harrowing few epoches that involved being shamed over adultery rumors and areported suicide struggle, rose with her firebrand of DIY bedroom R& B that triggers on its identity and swagger.

Unfortunately, a cluster of trolls started a “Kyrie” chant as a has referred to her ex-boyfriend and Cleveland Cavaliersguard Kyrie Irving.

Fans chant #Kyrie during #kehlani’s set at a music carnival in #texas

A video posted by Baller Alert (@ balleralert) on May 16, 2016 at 6:33 am PDT

She only mildly, indirectly alluded to recent viral times between chants: Weve had ups and downs in love.

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Post Malone, nonetheless, is the most obvious pony to bet on. He opened for Justin Bieber this year on tour, described ire for accidentally saying theN-word in a video, and sang onKanye Wests blockbuster album The Life of Pablo . On Friday, the 20 -year-old Syracuse, New York-born singer likewise trended onFacebookwhen his entry mixtape August 26 th territory on DatPiff.

I exactly shaved my whisker, I feel like a little kid, Post Malone said onstage before zipping into unavoidable single White Iverson as part of his 15 -minute special guest-billed appearance.

Post Malones mixtape plays like the frank creeds of a fuckboi. I simply wanna see you, maybe talk about shit, he sings on the Jaden Smith-assisted Lonely. Its resoundingly open, an inner monologue for cold stoners who follow. There is weight and upshot to songs like 40 Funk that find him panicked of all the Molly he simply took.

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On Hollywood Dreams Come Down, his posturing is undercut by fright. I cant feel my center, he sings. Dont let me go to sleep.

Twenty years ago, his hip-hop-tinged harmonics could have become him Uncle Kracker or the lead singer of Saliva. But its 2016, and rap is the only genre that matters.

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