If you didn’t get your hip-hop fix in with SXSW, worry not because there’s another stacked hip-hop festival right around the corner. The three-day traveling festival, JMBLYA kicks off Friday, May 4 in Dallas followed by a showcase at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin May 5 and then wraps up in Houston May 6. The festival which started in 2013 has consistently featured a cutting-edge line-up of hip-hop all stars and this year proves no different. This will be J.Cole's first public, ticketed performance of 2018 and will give fans the opportunity to hear music from his new album that drops April 20th! Other heavy hitter headliners include Migos, Cardi B, and Texas legends Bun B and Trae Tha Truth among others.
Leading the lineup is the Grammy-nominated artist J. Cole who has been laying low since his 4 Your Eyez Only Tour ended in December 2017 but will be headlining several other festivals this summer. Cardi B, who released her debut album Invasion of Privacy on April 6 with glowing reviews, has become one of the most sought-after acts with three singles in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100. Rapper Kevin Gates' performance will be his first since being released from prison last month and Migos, who was a crowd favorite at JMBLYA last year, also recently landed atop the Billboard albums chart with their album Culture II. Additional performances by Ski Mask The Slump God, Trippie Redd, and Jack Harlow will bring an exciting and eccentric element compared to the traditional rap heavyweights.
After last year’s massive turnout of more than 50,000 people in both Austin and Dallas, we can look forward to an improved festival experience this year with JMBLYA’s partnership with Event Water Solutions providing an unlimited amount of free water throughout the fest, additional food vendors, increased bar sizes, and shade structures to keep attendees cool. This will also be JMBLYA's first time in Houston since it's inception in 2013! A much-hyped and long-awaited return!
Tickets for JMBLYA can be found here! Get them soon, because last year was sold out.