May 13: Sweet Summer ft. Cupcakke at the Mohawk. At 19-years-old, Chicago rapper Cupcakke, who attended the same Southside elementary school as drill king, Chief Keef, is best known for her gleefully obscene sex raps and her freaky stage shows. But on her new album “Queen Elizabitch,” that dropped at the end of March, she deftly tackles a range of subjects — the cycle of violence and poverty that is savaging her city, body issues, relationships and the LGBT community that has embraced her from the beginning — with astonishingly lyricism and skill. Weird City Hip-Hop Fest organizers including Leah Manners, who celebrates 10 years producing the weekly KOOP Radio (91.7 FM) show Hip Hop Hooray, helped put together this shindig and ATX hip-hop is represented at the show by heavy hitters Magna Carda, LNS Crew and more. Matt Sonzala’s Pushermania presents a Texas hip-hop road map on the indoor stage with K-Rino from Houston, T.Y.E. of Dallas and Worldwide repping San Antonio. Tickets.
May 20-21: Rhyme Time Hip-hop Festival at Kick Butt Coffee. This two-day indie rap-a-palooza presents underground heavies from the East and West Coasts alongside a solid support cast of ATX talent. Cali super group Haiku D’Etat featuring Abstract Rude, Myka 9 and Aceyalone headline on Saturday and NYC Gang Starr affiliate Afu-Ra plays Sunday. Standout ATX rappers on the support bill include Dat Boy Supa, Stat 1 and Retrograde on Saturday and Mindz of a Different Kind, Tank and Tee Double on Sunday. Tickets.
May 21: Devin the Dude at Empire. Houston’s sing-song, stoner rap champion is still going strong 15 years after somebody had the nerve to take the herb up out his “Doobie Ashtray” (Why’d they do him that way?). On his new album “Acoustic Levitation” that dropped earlier this year, he offers a grown and sexy take on his soulful but hazy vision. Tickets.
June 2: Body Rock ATX 5th Annual tribute to Prince at Empire. Dearly beloved, we gather each month to “get through this thing called life” with buckets of “Booty Sweat” and supernatural grooves. The Body Rock party is always a throw down — DJ Chorizo Funk helms the wheels and Chaka and Qi Dada from Riders Against the Storm keep the stage live — but if you’re looking for a “Lovesexy” Glam slam to set your summer off right, this here is your jam. Special bonus: Chaka’s Prince get up is straight majestic. More info.
» A-List Photos: Body Rock ATX tribute to Prince 2016
June 21: Jump On It kick off at Givens Park. Later this year, Austin’s original summer rap series is slated to bring heavyweights B.o.B. and Trae tha Truth to East Austin, but the event starts a two-month weekly run with a concert from Dallas rapper B.o.B, hosted by ATX’s own Nook. The all-ages party in the park includes a game zone for kids and community outreach organizations on site. Tickets.
June 23: Nobody Safe Tour with Future at Austin360 Amphitheater. Future is one of the biggest rap stars on the planet and a beast of a live performer, but that’s just the beginning. This bill goes deep with emotional trap rapper Young Thug, chart burning R&B/rap crooner Tory Lanez, breakout star A$AP Ferg and Zoey Dollaz. Tickets
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24: Bubba Sparxx and Struggle Jennings at Empire
27: RA the Rugged Man with Afro at Empire