Lollapalooza for the Hip-Hop Fan
Sets You'll Probably Catch: It's probable that your main attraction at Lollapalooza is the long-awaited reunion of Andre 3000 and Big Boi on Saturday. East Point, GA's favorite sons, Outkast, have sharpened their performances after a bumpy Coachella set in April, and they now explore their back catalog with enthusiasm – from diving into solo joints to inviting some lucky ladies on stage to "shake it like a Polaroid picture." Expect plenty of hits along with the occasional deep album cut – a gig at Milwaukee's Summerfest yielded Stankonia gem "Gasoline Dreams." Killer Mike may show up for renditions of "The Whole World" and "Kryptonite," too, since his Run the Jewels project with New York iconoclast El-P performs on Sunday. Friday brings Eminem, who's bringing his "Rapture" tour. Expect plenty of cuts from his critically acclaimed The Marshall Mathers LP 2, maybe a cameo from Bad Meets Evil partner Royce Da 5'9" and, hopefully, a mention of his new Busta Rhymes collaboration "Calm Down." And who wouldn't want to revisit Illmatic with Nas, who's been performing the classic album in full this summer?
You Might Also Like: Chicago's rap scene is currently one of the hottest in the country, and while it would be nice to see a bigger representation, hometown heroes Vic Mensa and Chance the Rapper are a good start. Chance was slated to open for Childish Gambino's tour earlier this year before illness forced him to cancel, so the latter's set gives him an opportunity to make amends. Gambino's quirky meditations on Internet celebrity should be interesting regardless. Also look for dance-friendly blends from mash-up pioneer Z-Trip, Southern-fried crooning from ATL rapper Rich Homie Quan and guilty pleasure sing-alongs with Iggy Azalea and her megahit "Fancy." Get to Grant Park early on Sunday to check out Jhené Aiko. Her atmospheric R&B should soothe any lingering hangover.
Best Kept Secret: Don't mistake producer Gramatik for an EDM dude. He makes jazzy hip-hop loops reminiscent of Jurassic 5's Cut Chemist, and his music will appeal to every true-school head. By Mosi Reeves