YAAM’s main stage, presented with Carhartt, hosts a multitude of voices in hip-hop and bass cultures, from emergent lyricists to iconic underground sonic activists.
Due to a schedule conflict with some obligations in the US, Princess Nokia will not be able to perform at CTM 2017. She sincerely apologizes to her fans, and is already looking forward to coming to Berlin for a concert organised with CTM on 18 April 2017 at Festsaal Kreuzberg. Replacing Nokia is Nadia Rose, a rising voice in the UK hip hop scene that has lately opened for Busta Rhymes and performed alongside Alicia Keys, Section Boyz and Anderson and Paak. Beginning her career making mainly hip-hop, she has continued to evolve, combining her interest in many genres of music to create her own authentic and individual sound: “The Scene’s savage, hilarious new voice has everyone from Katy B to Prince Harry backing her.“ (The FADER)
Opening the night, DJ, producer and GHE20GOTH1K co-founder LSDXOXO dives into future bass hybrids.
Another figure representing the increasing prominence of iconoclastic female artists in underground hip hop is Vancouver native Tommy Genesis. Signed to Father’s Awful Records for her 2015 debut LP, Genesis delights in weaving provocative lyrics around straightforward taste for sadomasochism and lusty memories, contrasting these with more contemplative, suggestive videos. A quietly rising voice catering to deep-web Soundcloud nerds around the globe, she drowns her lyrics in sleek rhythms reminiscent of Future or Young Thug.
Muqata’a (aka Boikutt), one of the most prevalent rappers on the Palestinian hip-hop scene, provides an MPC-heavy set supporting prolific and thought-provoking rhymes that highlights the defiance of enslaving ideologies and belief systems. Muquata’a is one of the original members of Ramallah Underground, a group created out of a need to “give voice to a generation of Palestinians and Arabs who face a turbulent and uncertain political landscape.”
Israeli-born Miss Red, who made waves with her first Murder mixtape in 2015 with production by Andy Stott, Mumdance, Stereotyp, Mark Pritchard and Evian Christ alongside The Bug, brings her distorted, futuristic re-imaginings of dancehall and bashment.
Berlin-via-Tokyo producer Shins-K will dish out spliced-up, dubstatic bass for a high-energy closing set.
Presented with Carhartt.
Muqata'a is a music producer and MC based in Ramallah, Palestine. Creating sounds using sampled material, field recordings and electronic devices, the results range between hip-hop, downtempo and glitch He has composed and produced music for artists such as Kronos Quartet, Bukue One, Jehst, Tamer Abu-Ghazaleh and others, and has appeared as an MC on albums for artists such as Heliodrome, Slovo, Bonnot, and Beatoven to name a few.
Afro-Nuyorican individualist Princess Nokia's diasporic influences and fresh, brassy lyrics speak to fringe characters and category hybrids across the world: "banjee girls in Harlem, teen brides in the Middle East, gay boys in East Asia. Labels no longer matter."
Japanese DJ and producer Shins-K is a self-described "dubstractic junglist" who plays left-of-centre techno with a b-boy attitude. Now based in Berlin, Shins-K plays sets that roam freely across the borders of bass music, hip hop, techno and dub, defying genre with occasional forays into noise or traditional sounds from across Africa and the Middle East.
LSDXOXO is the DJ and producer who has cemented his reputation as a contemporary queer club icon. He is known for nimble, high-octane DJ sets, in addition to releases such as the “Deliciously [o]ff-[k]ilter” (The Fader) Fuck Marry Kill and fiery BODY MODS.
Hailing from Croydon, 23 year old Nadia is a rising voice in the UK hip hop scene. Beginning her career making mainly hip-hop, she has continued to evolve, combining her interests in many genres of music to create her own authentic and individual sound: “The Scene’s savage, hilarious new voice has everyone from Katy B to Prince Harry backing her.“ (The FADER)
Tommy Genesis is a rapper and producer from Vancouver. Her 2015 LP, World Vision, was released via the do-it-together Atlanta hip hop collective and label Awful Records. Through various interviews, the young artist has proved herself to be fearless, forward-looking, savvy, and unconcerned with appeasing.
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