That’s right, not one, but two music nights to get you on your feet and into the jams
Mick Jenkins [left] and London on da Track [right] to play on the Main Stage at DreamHack Atlanta 2018
This year DreamHack Atlanta will be have 2 nights of music and on Saturday we’re bringing hip-hop back! Watch live on the Main Stage. London on da Track will be on at 9:30PM and Mick Jenkins will headline at 10:30PM. [Update: STLNDRMS will be opening the night before London on da Track.] And be sure to check out our Night 1 music acts too if you like EDM.
Mick Jenkins’ writing is rich with hard-won perspective and dotted with impressively specific, naturalistic details. But on a thematic level, it digs deeper than the here and now, the bus stop in front of him, the string of tour dates looming ahead. His music explores things that humans feel on an intuitive level but struggle to fully understand. From the nature of familiar and romantic love to the elements that sustain life itself, he burrows deep into our collective unconscious in an attempt to give order to the world. With his new album, Piece of A Man––due out August 3, 2018 on Cinematic Music Group. Mick goes further than he ever has before toward a unified theory of hip-hop: rigorous but sensitive, technical but deeply musical.
In the few years since The Water[s], Mick has used his new platform to grow, evolve, and continue to challenge audiences. He broke new technical ground with the bright and adventurous Waves and delivered an immensely thoughtful debut album with 2016’s The Healing Component; in recent months he dropped a pair of critically-acclaimed EPs, Or More; The Anxious and Or More; The Frustration.
While Mick remains committed to clarity, he accepts that, in striving to make great art, he’s
going to challenge people’s preconceptions and perhaps push them out of their comfort zones. “I think it’s natural for art to be misunderstood, especially art that is intended to serve a message,” he says. For the most part, though, he finds that his audience gravitates to his
central messages above all else: spread love, drink more water. “Those are themes that shine through, even if you can’t understand or break down or some of the deeper aspects,” he says, pausing to consider the relationship forward thinking has always had with the culture at large. “But show me some art that’s not misunderstood.”
London on da Track
London On Da Track, the Atlanta-based producer most known for working with artists like Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan and Gucci Mane, doubles as a rapper as well, began producing for local artists in 2011, eventually working with MCs like Waka Flocka Flame, Travis Porter and Rich Kidz, among others. But it was his association with Young Thug — who voices London’s signature producer tag — that kicked his career into the mainstream in the summer of 2014, when London suddenly became one of the most sought-after producers in hip-hop. That summer, London landed his first three tracks on the Hot 100, all of which were collaborations with Thug: Tyga’s “Hookah,” which peaked at No. 85; T.I.’s “About The Money,” which peaked at No. 42; and “Lifestyle” by Rich Gang, the short-lived trio of Thug, Quan and Birdman, which climbed to No. 16.
That success led to further collaborations with Thug on the latter’s Barter 6 album, as well as production work for the likes of Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Drake, Jeezy, Gucci, Lil Durk and French Montana, among a slew of others. In August 2017, London signed a record deal with RCA as a solo artist, promising “to show the fans my versatility.” More recent credits include the Drake and 21 Savage collaboration “Sneakin,'” which reached No. 28 on the Hot 100; Kodak Black’s “Roll In Peace,” featuring XXXTentacion, which climbed to No. 31; and Post Malone’s “92 Explorer,” which hit No. 40 last month.
In the world of instrumental hip-hop where it seems like everything is a secret, Chris Wilkes a.k.a. STLNDRMS is building a solid track record by sharing his knowledge with others. By Livestreaming his creative process and teaching deep dives on the ins and outs of his business on a regular basis, he continues to achieve remarkable results by “creating with the homies.”
He is an example of what the future of the independent artists should look like. Within a year of his first upload on Spotify, STLNDRMS played the biggest hip-hop festival on the planet (“A3C”), One of the biggest festivals in the world SXSW, Rocked a stadium (“Art, Beats & Lyrics” at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga), got the cover of Spotify’s lofi hip-hop playlist, Played the world famous Low end theory in LA co-founded the “Controllerise” art collective, and created a online live stream radio show “Beats+Chill”.