Killer Mike and Roc Marciano will lead the way for the Hip Hop category at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, later this year.
On Monday (March 20), Pitchfork announced the lineup for their annual Pitchfork Music Festival and they’ve recruited some promising artists for the bill. The festival will be held in Chicago’s Union Park from Friday, July 21, through Sunday, July 23.
Killer Mike and Roc Marciano will be hitting the stage alongside Leikeli47, The Alchemist, Mavi and more for Hip Hop across those three days in July. Headliners include The Smile, Big Thief and Bon Iver.
Fans looking to attend the festival can purchase tickets on the official website. Ticket prices start at $219 for three-day passes and $109 for single-day passes. People can also opt for The Pitchfork PLUS upgrade, which will go for $419 for a three-day pass and $209 for a single-day pass with exclusive amenities included.
While Killer Mike is getting ready to take the Pitchfork Festival stage, he’s also planning on dropping a new album. The Run the Jewels rapper held a listening session for his forthcoming project last week during SXSW in Austin, Texas, where he held court inside a cathedral and debuted the new tunes for an intimate audience.
According to those in attendance, the album takes listeners on a “journey” through Mike’s life and features appearances from fellow rap legends André 3000 and Lil Wayne, as well as his comedy friend Dave Chappelle.
“Yesterday I got the chance to sit and listen to @killermike new solo project ‘Michael,'” Milwaukee radio host/producer DJ Kenny Perez wrote on Instagram. “I can with out a doubt tell you to RUN and embrace it when it drops.”
He added: “The project is journey through his life and he doesn’t hold back. Collabs with Andre 3000, Lil Wayne, Dave Chapelle [sic] and more.”
Killer Mike also brought select songs from Michael to life during a performance at Stubb’s as part of SPIN’s SXSW showcase. According to the publication, the Dungeon Family alum performed a song called “Shed Tears,” which “made good use of the gospel backing vocals atop a deep bass-and-drum groove.”
He also debuted another track titled “High + Holy,” which is described as “Mike’s tribute to his wife, who he says encourages him to always search for a higher purpose (while also passing him back the joint).”