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Speed Dating with SXSW 2020 Hip-Hop / Rap Artists

From 12-piece Texas-based acts to Japanese twerk, our hip-hop / rap artists are ones you won't want to miss this Spring. Among nearly 500 artists already announced for the 2020 SXSW Music Festival, here are some of our most hard-hitting hip-hop / rap artists.

Explore acts we are excited about below and give them a listen on our For The Culture: SXSW Hip-Hop Spotify playlist.

Nadia Nakai


Nadia Nakai is a rapper and songwriter from Johannesburg South Africa with lyrics marked by vulnerability and the importance of different perspectives.

In 2017, Nadia Nakai released her hit single “Naaa Meaan” featuring Cassper Nyovest which placed her as the first female hip-hop artist to clock one million views on YouTube in South Africa. In 2019, she released her debut album Nadia Naked.



PNTHN is a 12-piece hip-hop act with members hailing from across the state of Texas. Formed in Central Texas in 2017, the group draws from underground punk inspirations.

“Every time we do a round-up of new artists you need to know or a playlist of the best new music, at least one fan reminds us that we forgot to include PNTHN," said Pigeons & Planes about the band.

Dos Monos


Dos Monos is a Tokyo-based hip-hop trio with a jazz and rock inspired experimental flare.

The group's debut album Dos City came out in March 2019 and this Spring will be their first time to tour in the United States.

Join the Fun


Don't go breaking our hearts, come to Austin this Spring to hear all of your favorite artists live. Experience new, developing, and established Showcasing Artists from 60+ countries during the SXSW Music Festival from March 16–22, 2020. Register today and book your hotel through SXSW Housing & Travel for the best rates.

Discover all SXSW 2020 Showcasing Artists — stream our Apple Music and Spotify Playlists, surf our YouTube Music Video playlist, listen to SXSWfm mixes on Mixcloud, and explore the full SXSW 2020 Schedule.

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