Now that you know about the must-see indie acts on the rise at this year's SXSW festival, we've decided to lace you with a breakdown of the best hip-hop showcases at this year's festival. While one of our editors runs around Austin and live-tweets about delicious cart food and fun concerts, the rest of the XXL staff is sitting here in New York, pretty jealous of all the rap there is to be heard this weekend. If you're in Texas, or just want to imagine you are, click through to find out more about the best rap shows this weekend at South By.-Compiled by Sean Ryon and Dan Buyanovsky


RZA's Soul Temple Records Showcase

RZA calls upon Wu vets like Inspectah Deck, U-God and Ghostface to perform alongside newcomers Vinny Cha$e and Elzhi.

Scoot Inn
1308 E 4th St

SPIN SXSW Showcase

Spin taps Taylor Gang stars Chevy Woods and Berner, as well as MMG's Rockie Fresh and West Coast weirdo Antwon.

Easy Tiger
709 E 6th St

Vevo Control Room

Vevo curates a hip-hop-centric lineup with DMV native Black Cobain, Karma Jones, Dat Boy Supa, and the legendary Dead Prez.

304 W 4th St

Mad Decent & Fool's Gold & Check Yo Ponytail Present SUPER PARTY

This might be the most ridiculous party of the weekend, and that only makes sense when these three powerhouse labels come together to curate an event. Our must-sees at this 14-hour rager - A-Trak, Riff Raff, Mr Muthafuckin Exquire, Antwon, Classix, and RL Grime.

Emos East & Annex
2015 E Riverside Drive

Lawless Inc. Showcase

This is Chicago party all the way, featuring GLC, Chance the Rapper, Sir Michael Rocks, and drill newcomers like Lil Durk and Katie Got Bandz.

Club 119
119 W 8th St


2Dopeboyz and Nah Right Present Dopehouse! Part Deux

With a line-up that includes veterans like Talib Kweli and Trae the Truth, as well as indie favorites like Sir Michael Rocks and Alexander Spit, Meka and Shake's second round at SXSW promises to be event where the music and social atmosphere take precedence over industry politicking.

Empire Control Room
606 E 7th St

Sofa King Raw Entertainment Showcase

Sofa King Raw Entertainment offers one of the more unusual hip-hop showcases at SXSW. Don't let that deter you, however, as Skratch Bastid's DJ set will undoubtedly entertain turntable enthusiasts, while Phranchyze's opening set should prove to be a stand-out among new artists

8 PM-1 AM
512 Rooftop
408 E 6th St


Vice keeps it all rap with headlining performances by Flatbush Zombies, A$AP Ferg, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and the original OG, Ghostface Killah.

401 E Cesar Chaves St

Green Label Sound Showcase

The Mountain Dew-sponsored label brings Joey Bada$$ and DJ Premier back together after putting out "Unorthodox" for headlining sets, after opening sets by DyMe-A-DuZin and Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt.

77 Rainey St

Move Forward Music

Move Forward brings the old school and underground hip-hop to Austin, TX with a line-up that finds storied veterans like CL Smooth and Evitan rocking alongside respected newcomers like Ratking and Soul Khan. Headlining the event are Elzhi and Talib Kweli, promising that the event will be one for the truest for hip-hop heads.

8 PM-2 AM
Empire Control Room
606 E 7th St

Moodswing 360 x Karmaloop Showcase

With a massive set list that spans multiple genres, Moodswing and Karmaloop offer hip-hop fans an assortment of emcees to check out, including Outasight, Kool AD and Heems of Das Racist, Iggy Azalea, Don Trip and others.

Starts at 7 PM
409 Colorado St

Brooklyn Vegan SXSW Showcase

The Brooklyn blog heads to Austin with a diverse lineup of indie heroes like fashion rapper Zebra Katz, Brooklyn locals The Underachievers, and the always-outlandish Mykki Blanco.

Starts 8pm
Maggie Mae's Rooftop
323 E 6th St

Flosstradamus Presents Turn Up! SXSW

Trap heroes are playing a lot of shows at this year's South By, but that didn't stop them from putting together their own party. The lineup features DJ duo Supreme Cuts, Mykki Blanco, and of course, a set by the Chicago duo who set the whole thing up.

Republic Live
301 W 5th St


Fader Fort Presented by Converse

Fader is famous for consistently pulling together an incredibly weird but awesome lineup to every South By. Their fort will be open all day from Thursday through Saturday night. Some notable acts worth seeing include Trinidad Jame$, Future, Earl Sweatshirt & Captain Murphy, French Montana, and DJ Ryan Hemsworth.

Fader Fort
1pm-8pm every day
1101 E 5th St

AllHipHop's #New Atlanta

AllHipHop brings some of Atlanta's hottest new acts to SXSW this year with their #NewAtlanta showcase. Performances will include Trinidad Jame$, Rich Homie Quan, Two9, Grip Plyaz and more.

Starts at 8 PM
Suite 101
101 W 5th Street

Fool's Gold Showcase

The Brooklyn-based label strikes out on their own to showcase some of their biggest artists like Danny Brown and A-Trak, and friends-of-friends Flatbush Zombies, GrandeMarshall and 100s.

Beauty Ballroom
2015 E Riverside Drive

Boiler Room and Ray-Ban Showcase

The perfect ending for this year's SXSW, featuring the insane lineup of Baauer, Death Grips, Shlohmo, Lunice, and, if all goes according to plan, Chief Keef and the GBE crew.

1100 Warehouse
1100 E 5th St