Prince Charlez, Taliwhoah, Zoey Dollaz, DaniLeigh and More Raise the Roof at ASCAP Urban’s SXSW Show
By Erik Philbrook, ASCAP Editor in Chief • March 15, 2018
On March 14, some of today’s hottest hip-hop, rap and urban music artists lit up the night in Austin, Texas as ASCAP’s Urban Music Team hosted its On the Come Up: SXSW Edition showcase.
The event, held at the Half-Step on Rainey Street (on one of the buzziest strips at the festival), featured an extraordinary lineup of emerging and established performers from around the country and across the sea.
Firing up the Half-Step’s outdoor stage was a dynamic and diverse array of writer-performers, including: Prince Charlez, a Republic Records recording artist, who will appear at the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO in May and who has crafted hits for Usher, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and more; Taliwhoah, a stylish artist hailing from London with Afro-Caribbean soul, R&B swagger and a magnetic charm and who will soon be dropping her new Rostrum Records full-length album, New Wave Order; Zoey Dollaz, a rising star who created the song that became a hot track, “Blow A Check (Bad Boy Remix”) featuring himself with Puff Daddy and French Montana, and who has shared stages with Future, Young Thug and Migos during the Nobody Safe Tour; the bold, brassy and explosive DaniLeigh, a Def Jam signee whose Dominican influences are in full force as a songwriter, singer and dancer (she has appeared in music videos for Daddy Yankee, Nelly Furtado and others); Chris Stylez, a multi-talented songwriter and musician, who has amassed over 50 million loops on Vine, hit Spotify’s Viral Charts in more than 17 countries and is becoming one of the most exciting new artists to emerge on today’s music scene; and Erick Lottary, an incendiary rapper from Charlotte, North Carolina, who as part of Homeskool and the Family, is one of the busiest rappers at SXSW this year. Also appearing were special surprise performances by Ré Lxuise, an Atlanta-based artist, Kris Kasanova, who performed alongside Erick Lottary, Runway Richie from Decatur, Georgia and Cheeks Bossman, who performed with Zoey Dollaz.
The On the Come Up showcase was hosted by the divine DJ C. DeVone, who also spun tracks throughout the night.
With over 200 artists from over 32 countries showcasing at SXSW this year, it could have been hard to know just where to start to discover the next big thing. For those music fans in the audience at ASCAP’s show on Wednesday night, they knew they were in the right place at the right time.