Travis Scott, an American hip hop/rap recording artist and record producer from Houston Texas, has had a steady rise to fame since the release of his first mixtape titled Owl Pharaoh in May of 2013. Later in August of 2014, he released a second mixtape titled Days before Rodeo. Following the success of both tapes, Travis released his debut album Rodeo on September 4th 2015 and most recently his sophomore album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight in early 2016. Signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D music, Travis’s musical influences range from Kanye himself to Bon Iver. These artistic influences are intertwined and heard within his music, which can be described as influential and experimental trap. As one Syracuse University student stated, “There are people who are wordsmiths and people who are composers. Travis is a master at both.” With popular songs such as “Goosebumps,” “Pick Up the Phone,” “Through the Late Night” and an upcoming third album titled AstroWorld, set to be released some time in 2017, Travis is definitely not one to miss at Block Party this year.
SoundCloud: Travis Scott
ZHU is a Chinese American electronic musician and singer who has been on the map since early 2014, initially choosing to release his music anonymously. Since then, ZHU has done everything from releasing hits including his Grammy nominated track “Faded”. He has also collaborated with other well-known electronic artists such as Skrillex and THEY on a song called “Working for It.” In 2016, ZHU finally released his debut album titled Generationwhy, performing the singles from the album at the popular music festival Coachella. From there, he received extreme amounts of praise from critics universally.
AlunaGeorge is the English electronic Duo from London, who met in June of 2009 and consists of vocalist/songwriter Aluna Francis and producer/instrumentalist George Reid. Aluna’s vocals can be described as “sugar sweet” and combines sounds from bass, garage, and dub step. The production by Reid can be best described as “futuristic pop” with the use of advanced minimalistic polyrhythmic beats. One of their most popular songs, “You Know You Like It”, shot up on the American Charts when remixed by popular artist DJ Snake. He track was featured in the movie “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The power duo has also done collaborations with other Block Party artist ZHU on two tracks called “My Blood” and “Automatic.”
By Gabrielle LaMarco