Sweet Pain: Rapper headlines JCI Music Festival
FARGO—While Flo Rida canceling next week's show in Moorhead put the hurt on local hip-hop fans, this weekend's JCI Music Festival is bringing the pain. In a good way.
Rapper T-Pain headlines Saturday's festivities at Newman Outdoor Field.
This is the second year of the JCI Music Festival, organized by rapper Big Reeno to honor his mother, who died in 2001, and to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Last year's inaugural show featured Ludacris, B.o.B. and eight other artists. This year's lineup features 13 performers. Here's a look at some of the bigger acts taking the stage this year.
T-Pain—The Tallahassee, Fla., singer burst onto the scene in 2005 with his pickup rhymes, "I'm in Luv (Wit a Stripper)," "Buy You a Drank (Shawty Snappin')," "Bartender," "Can't Believe It" and "Turn All the Lights On." The top hat and dreadlocks are gone, but the autotune vocals remain.
Yelawolf—After building some buzz, Yelawolf dropped his debut album, "Radioactive," in 2011, mixing hard core and horrorcore hip-hop, pop rap and crunk. The Alabama native recently released a new single, "Punk," with Travis Barker of Blink 182.
Big Reeno—A native of Nigeria, Reeno came to the area via Valley State University. Now based out of Fargo, his local connections haven't kept him tied down as he's shared stages with Nelly, Waka Flocka Flame, Flo Rida, Machine Gun Kelly, Tech N9ne and more.
MOD SUN—Derek Smith raps to the beat of a different drummer. The Bloomington, Minn., native's positive vibes are a result of an influential acid trip and inspire his "hippy hop." After years drumming in post-hardcore bands, his 2015 full-length debut featured Travis Barker and G-Eazy, among others. His follow-up, "Movie," was released earlier this year.
Roddy Banks—The Minnesota State University Moorhead alumnus and Big Reeno collaborator returns from last year's bill.
Kanayo King—The Nigerian-American rapper returns from last year's lineup for another set of hip-hop from Atlanta.
If You Go
What: JCI Music Festival, featuring T-Pain, Yelawolf, Big Reeno, Mod Sun and more
When: 3 p.m., Saturday, doors at 2 p.m.
Where: Newman Outdoor Field, 1515 15th Ave., N., Fargo
Info: Tickets are $65, with a portion of proceeds donated to American Cancer Society. This event is rain or shine. jcimusicfestival.com/.