Big Gig fans eager to see what rap act would take Summerfest's biggest stage in 2019 need not wait any longer, as the world's largest music festival announced Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and ScHoolboy Q will take the stage on Sunday, July 7.
While some predictions saw options like Post Malone or Nicki Minaj filling the festival's hip-hop headliner spot (though there is still one slot remaining), the Big Gig instead tossed a bit of a curveball, assembling this unexpected and exclusive all-star collaboration – the only joint concert featuring these three artists in the country.
A five-time Grammy winner – most recently in 2017, sharing Best Rap Performance with Chance the Rapper and 2 Chainz for "No Problem" – rap rock star Lil Wayne began his breakout in 2004 with the first entry in his famed "Tha Carter" series. His rise continued into 2007 with the release of "Tha Carter III," his most successful album which featured the monster hits like "Lollipop" and "A Milli," and scored the rapper four Grammy wins as well as an Album of the Year nomination. He's kept a constant place at the top of the rap world since then, continuing to pump out hits, releasing "Tha Carter V" last September and surpassing Elvis as the male musician with the most Billboard Hot 100 entries with 109.
Another one of the most iconic faces and voices in rap, Snoop Dogg got his start during the '90s, getting discovered by Dr. Dre and releasing his debut "Doggystyle" to massive fandom, featuring his giant hits "Gin & Juice" and "What's My Name?" Since then, Snoop Dogg's released more than a dozen albums with a pile of hits including "Drop It Like It's Hot" and "Young, Wild & Free"; scored 17 Grammy nominations, the second most nominations without a win in the industry award's history; became a star on screens both big and small, including right now in theaters with the Matthew McConaughey comedy "The Beach Bum"; and delightfully became besties with Martha Stewart. He released his most recent album, "Bible of Love," in March of 2018.
Rounding out the Summerfest rap showcase is fellow West Coast rapper ScHoolboy Q, who grew into a rap favorite about a decade ago with his independent releases "Setbacks" and "Habits & Contradictions." He then released his big studio debut "Oxymoron" in 2014, which scored him a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album the following year. (His follow-up, "Blank Face LP," would also land a nomination in that category two years later.) The rapper last played the Big Gig in 2015 when he opened for fellow Interscope artist and Black Hippy member Kendrick Lamar.
Tickets for this show will go on sale starting on Friday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster and Summerfest's website. Tickets can also be bought in person at the Summerfest box office, Ticketmaster ticket centers and select Walmart stores, as well as by phone at (800) 745-3000 for a live Ticketmaster Agent or (866) 448-7849 for the "Ticketmaster Express" automated phone line.
Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more Summerfest announcements.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.