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Common Ground made its first round of announcements Tuesday, featuring a distinct rap flavor. Headliners for Sunday July 8 include: Gucci Mane, Kevin Gates, T-Pain, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Supa Bwe.
Gucci Mane, at this point in his career, is by all means a legend. His trap aesthetic has dominated the world of hip-hop, and he is rightfully recognized as one of the subgenre’s most important pioneers. Gucci has transformed himself into more of a Renaissance mane, after a tumultuous period of going in and out of prison. He is at a fruitful peak in his career, accentuated by a more positive attitude.
Kevin Gates is somewhat of a Gucci Mane acolyte, at least sonically. His story has a distinct parallel with Gucci Mane, as Gates is also fresh from a prison stint, and is working on resetting his career. Gates has had several hits and is widely recognized on social media, due to his likeness being plastered all over life advice memes.
T-Pain has not been making too many waves as of late, not since he was featured on the hilarious Lonely Island track, “I’m On a Boat.” His auto-tuned vocal stylings became a mainstay not just in hip-hop, but pop music in general. Most probably remember him for his song, “Buy You a Drink.”
Jazzy Jeff is another mainstay of hip-hop, who reached his peak success working with Will Smith, back when Fresh Prince of Bel-Air dominated television. The duo scored a series of platinum-selling albums and earned two Grammy Awards in the early 90s. Jazzy Jeff brings with him old school hip-hop teachings that are often ignored by modern DJs.
Supa Bwe is an up-and-comer from Chicago who’s received some traction, after getting artists like Chance the Rapper to appear on his own original songs. His latest album “Finally Dead,” which came out in December, reached No. 3 on the iTunes charts. Those wondering where the country and rock music are, fear not. This is only the first wave of headliners to be announced. Common Ground has transitioned to have each day of the festival highlight a specific genre. We are still waiting on the announcements for the other genres’ featured artists.
Common Ground Music Festival
Adado Riverfront Park July 5 – 8 Tickets start at $30