The musical Internet's 2013 family reunion, also know as SXSW, is finally here. The bad news is that it's nearly impossible to catch every single artist or showcase. The good news is that, with a bit of planning and preparation, mapping out a daily schedule of misadventures makes hitting select shows a bit easier.
With that in mind, we pulled together a few flyers and info for a dozen shows we'll be looking to catch. We repeat, this is not all-inclusive. Click here a more complete listing of all things rap is what you seek.
What: Hoop & Hang 2013
When: Saturday, 12PM-4PM
Where: An Undisclosed Location TBA
After five or six years of hosting stages, we decided to fall back and enjoy the revelry more this year. But, we couldn't let Hoop & Hang go. Rappers, media and friends, all gathering for 3-on-3 basketball, trash talk, laughs and daps.
What: Red Bull x Fake Shore Drive Presents 120 Hours In Austin
Where: Gatsby's (708 E. 6th Street)
When: Thursday, 4PM to 9PM
You already know we're fans of Percy Miller and his TRU tank. So, when we heard Andrew and the Crew from FSD had linked up with Red Bull to enlist the No Limit chief for their five-star Thursday showcase, the only thing we could do was salute.
What: 2DopeBoyz and NahRight Present: Dope House! Part Deux
When: Friday, 12PM - 6PM
Where: Empire Control Room (606 East 7th St.)
If we had to make sure to catch one stage on Friday, this would probably be it. The acts are important but the crowd who converges at a Dopehouse show is like the comments section of your favorite music sites come to life.
Where: Bat Bar
When: Thursday, 8PM - 2AM
Hustle always puts on for the homies and that much you can count on. That and the fact that the Bat Bar will be all the way turned up.
What: Trunk Muzik Returns Release Party
Where: Club De Ville (900 Red River St.)
When: Thursday, 8PM)
Despite positive sentiment on the vast majority of his work, the original Trunk Muzik mixtape is still our favorite project from Catfish Billy. So, our expectations are obviously pretty high for his Trunk Muzik Returns follow-up with production partner WillPower SupaHotBeats, which drops next Thursday at this SXSW-specific release party.
What: South By Nice Kicks 2013
When: Thursday, 1PM - 6:30PM
Where: Nice Kicks (2815 Guadalupe St.)
Shoes and music. Any further questions?
What: Beer And Tacos #SXSW2013 Presented By ILUVLOLA x We Got This Ent. X The Big O
When: Saturday, 11AM-6PM
Where: The North Door Bar
Most likely to be French at his most coke-tastic just because Lola's hosting and Dram' in the building. Not to mention Tez McClain and Mariam Mereba will probably walk away as two of the most talked about acts from SX13. May as well catch them both in one spot.
What: Splash The Runway Fashion Showcase + Concert
Where: TNRB Mansion (1900 Pearce St.)
When: Saturday, March 16, 2013 (12PM to 6PM)
Aside from the variety of accessible artists, one of the coolest parts about SXSW is the unique aesthetics of each show. Whether you're in a dive bar or renovated power plant, you never know where you'll end up. In this case, the beautiful Saturday afternoon venue to accompany performances from Joey Bada$$, Dizzy Wright, Chevy Woods, Ryshon Jones & Christian'Dee will be a fashion show, set poolside at a frikkin' mansion. Only in Austin, folks.
What: Southern Hospitality Presents The Super Rapper Show
Where: Avenue Rooftop (408 N. Congress Ave)
When: Thursday, 8PM to 2AM
The London-based Southern Hospitality assembled a mix for their Super Rapper Show, which can be streamed here. With rappers like IamSu!, Problem, Dorrough, Pink Dollaz, and many more, and a guest DJ set from Speakerfoxxx, it's sure to be one for the books.
What: Animal House
Where: Red 7 (611 E 7th St)
When: Thursday, March 14th, 2013 (10AM to 6PM)
For people who live outside of musical hot spots like LA, Atlanta, and New York, SXSW is the only opportunity to see some artists who would never visit your town. Not only that, but it's also an opportunity to see tons of them come together and rock the same stage, or in the case of Animal House's concert, two stages. Between the indoor and outdoor stage, Two-9, Heroes X Villains, Grand Marshall, and many more will rock for this daytime extravaganza.
What: Dirty Glove Bastard X Livemixtapes.com
Where: 404 Austin (404 Colorado St)
When: Friday, March 15th, 2013 (8PM to 2AM)
Between last year's showcase and A3C this past October, anything that is hosted by the fine folks at DGB and LiveMixtapes is worth attending. This year they made it official, and have the likes of Fat Trel, Alley Boy, KD, Le$, and Kevin Gates making what will surely be memorable performances.
Hip-Hop Supreme SXSW 2013 Edition
When: Friday & Saturday, 11AM - 6PM
Where: VALHALLA (710 Red River St.)
Did someone say Mystikal? Someone said Mystikal. Between Master P at the FSD show and Mystikal here, SXSW will be an unofficial No Limit weekend. But beyond that, we get two personal faves 3D Na'Tee and LG rocking the same stage. Fans of NOLA Hip-Hop are going to want to be here for this.