Summertime is quickly approaching that means it is Music Festival Season. Another festival lineup was announced and that is Pharrell’s Something In The Water Festival.
This year’s festival won’t take place in Virginia Beach like in years past but instead in Washington D.C. If you are an R&B and Hip-Hop fan this is your festival.
In my opinion, this might be the best lineup this year. Just based on my music preference, this festival has a mixed bag of today’s heavy hitters in R&B and Hip-Hop artists. I enjoy these artist, and it happens over Juneteenth weekend so you already know it will be a good time down Washington D.C.
First, you have my favorite artist and if you are familiar with DETV you know who I am talking about. Snoh Aalegra, a Swedish singer, and songwriter based in Los Angeles. Her debut album Feels was released in 2017, followed by Ugh, Those Feels Again in 2019. Then in 2021, she released Temporary High In The Violet Skies.
Another artist that I would love to see in D.C is R&B duo Chole X Halle.
At a young age, the sisters performed in minor acting roles before moving from Mableton, Georgia, to Los Angeles in 2012. The two began posting music covers to YouTube and were acknowledged by Beyoncé, who became their mentor and later signed them to her label, Parkwood Entertainment. They subsequently released the EP Sugar Symphony (2016) and the mixtape The Two of Us (2017).
The duo gained further prominence after starring in the sitcom Grown-ish (2018–2022) and releasing their debut album The Kids Are Alright (2018), for which they earned two Grammy Award nominations including Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album. In 2020, they released their second studio album Ungodly Hour to critical acclaim, earning them another three Grammy Award nominations including Best Progressive R&B Album, Best R&B Song for “Do It” and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Wonder What She Thinks of Me”. The album’s lead single “Do It” became the duo’s first song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, peaking at number 63 and number 23 respectively. The album itself peaked at number 16 and number 11 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, respectively, becoming the duo’s highest peak on the former chart and their first on the latter.
Now, to transition into the hip hop side you have rappers like JID, Denzel Curry, Moneybagg Yo, Pusha T, & T.I. But there is only one hip-hop artist that I want to see which is Tyler The Creator. Tyler has been one of the top hip hop artists in the past years and his recent tour generated over 30 Million dollars in revenue.
“Tyler The Creator” is an American rapper and record producer. Following a large contribution to Odd Future’s early work, Tyler released his debut solo mixtape, Bastard, in 2009. After releasing his debut studio album, Goblin, via XL Recordings in April 2011, he signed a joint deal with RED Distribution and Sony Music Entertainment for himself and his label, Odd Future Records.”
Tyler’s early releases, including Bastard (2009) and Goblin (2011), featured gritty, horrorcore-influenced lyrics; during this era, Tyler was often criticized for his use of homophobic and misogynistic slurs. Beginning with Wolf (2013), Tyler moved towards alternative hip hop. His 2015 album Cherry Bomb featured experiments with melody-focused and jazz-fused sounds. Tyler’s later albums, Flower Boy (2017), Igor (2019) and Call Me If You Get Lost (2021), were all released to widespread critical acclaim, with the latter two also debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 and winning Best Rap Album at the 2020 and 2022 Grammy Awards, respectively. “
If you have the chance to go to the Something In The Water Festival have a great time and be safe. Also, keep a look out because you might just see me there.