Hip-hop has always been a DIY culture. It started out in the park and blew up into a billion-dollar industry. So it's only natural that its players have an entrepreneurial spirit. Why work with the man when you can build your own establishment?

In the midst of the music festival craze, that mentality has spread to the live show. Rappers have increasingly been launching their own festivals to cash in on the performance angle. Last week, Lil Mosey announced that he's launching his own Northsbest Festival in April, based out of his hometown of Seattle. J. Cole and Dreamville are doing the same, with the inaugural launch of their Dreamville Festival going down in the same month. Everyone from Drake to Lil Wayne to Travis Scott to Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era are following with festivals of their own, galvanizing their fanbases and creating massive hypes.

With the recent announcements of more rappers putting their own spin on their music festivals for the summer, XXL highlights 14 hip-hop artists who have put together their own festivals.

See 14 Hip-Hop Artists Who've Launched Their Own Music Festivals

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Murs, Paid Dues Festival

Founder: Murs
Year Started: 2006
Location: California, Sometimes touring the country
Dates: March 30, 2013
Artists: Black Hippy, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Dom Kennedy, Tech N9ne, Immortal Technique and Joey Bada$$.

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Raury, Raurfest

Founder: Raury
Year Started: 2014
Location: Atlanta
Latest date: June 2, 2016
Artists: Raury, Joey Bada$$, Kilo Kish, Kirk Knight and more.

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Tyler, The Creator, Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival

Founder: Tyler, The Creator
Year Started: 2012
Location: Los Angeles
Latest Date: Nov. 10-11, 2018
Artists: Tyler will always be performing and he generally brings around his Odd Future friends and affiliates. 2018 featured appearances by A$AP Rocky, Pusha-T, Playboy Carti, Kids See Ghosts, Jaden Smith and more.

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Jay-Z, Made In America Festival

Founder: Jay Z
Year Started: 2012
Location: Philadelphia
Dates: Sept. 1-2, 2018
Artists: Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone and more.

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Cypress

Cypress Hill Smokeout

Founder: Cypress Hill
Year Started: 1998
Location: Various places around California
Dates: N/A
Artists: The festival hasn't been held regularly since its original six-year run in the late-1990s/early-2000s, but it returned for iterations in 2009, 2010 and 2012, so there's every possibility it could return whenever the guys felt they needed to push legalization forward again.

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Ice T, Art of Rap Music Festival

Founder: Ice-T
Year Started: 2015
Location: California (Irvine and Mountain View over two days)
Latest Date: Feb. 23, 2018
Artists: KRS-One, Ice-T, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and more.

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Joey Bada$$, STEEZ Day Festival

Founder: Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era
Year Started: 2015
Location: New York City
Latest Date: July 08, 2018
Artists: Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers and more.

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The Roots, The Roots Picnic

Founder: The Roots
Year Started: 2008
Location: Philadelphia
Upcoming Date: June 1, 2019
Artists: The Roots, 21 Savage, City Girls, Blueface, Lil Baby, Yasiin Bey and more.

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Drake, OVO Fest

Founder: Drake
Year Started: 2010
Location: Toronto
Latest Date: Aug. 7, 2017
Artists: Drake, Tory Lanez, Migos, Travis Scott, Playboi Carti, Rae Sremmurd, Cardi B and more.

Lil Wayne, Lil Weezyana Fest

Founder: Lil Wayne
Year Started: 2015
Location: New Orleans
Latest Date: Aug. 25, 2018
Artists: Lil Wayne, Tory Lanez, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Jeezy, Birdman, Nicki Minaj and others.

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Travis Scott, Astroworld Festival

Founder: Travis Scott
Year Started: 2018
Location: Houston
Latest Date: November 17, 2018
Artists: The inaugural year found Travis Scott hosting Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Young Thug and others. 2019's lineup is to be determined.

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J. Cole, Dreamville Festival

Founder: J. Cole
Year Started: 2019
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Upcoming Date: April 6, 2019
Artists: The original lineup paired Dreamville's entire roster (Bas, Cozz, J.I.D, EarthGang, Lute, Ari Lennox, Omen and Cole) with superstars like Nelly and Big Sean. Yet since the festival was rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence, a new lineup has yet to be announced (although Dreamville's entire squad will presumably perform).

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Chance The Rapper, Magnificent Coloring Day Festival

Founder: Chance The Rapper
Year Started: 2016
Location: Chicago
Latest Date: Sept. 24, 2016
Artists: Chance The Rapper, Kanye West, Common, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Lil Uzi Vert and more.

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Lil Mosey, Northsbest Fest

Founder: Lil Mosey
Year Started: 2019
Location: Seattle
Upcoming Date: April 27, 2019
Artists: Lil Mosey, Yung Bans, Polo G, C Glizzy and more.

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