Half Street is usually where you go to see a Nats game. On Saturday, the Half Street Fairgrounds will rave it up instead with nine hours of hip-hop and electronic dance music at the Trillectro Festival. That’s half “electro,” half “trill” — a word meaning “real,” coined by rapper Bun B of the now-defunct group UGK. So, expect festival realness: more than 20 bands, mad dancing, inflatable “space walks,” food trucks and cool brews. Hometown hero Wale will headline, playing alongside up-and-coming artists that are making their own names fast.
For fans of: G.O.O.D. rappers. Good rappers. Rappers who will probably be famous in the near future, whom you can claim to have known when they were underground.
Sounds like: 2 Chainz with talent.
Out soon: Recently released his debut EP, “Owl Pharaoh.” Check his new single “Upper Echelon” featuring T.I. and 2 Chainz.
So what?: He’s a producer for heavy hitters such as Kanye and Jay Z. T.I.’s on his new single. Seeing him in this kind of setting might not be possible for much longer.
From: Reps Cleveland.
For fans of: Chopped and screwed rap.
Sounds like: Though he has worked/is friends with Kid Cudi, King Chip’s more of a hypnotic street rapper, in the vein of Atlanta’s Gucci Mane.
Out soon: His second EP, “44108,” drops in September.
So what?: Like Scott, King Chip is an up-and-comer surrounded by the right people. By the time he releases an LP, his voice will be all over the radio.
From: Born in D.C., based in LA. Guess they figured out you didn’t have to stay here and melt every summer.
For fans of: Dubby stuff. Melodic industrial grinding noises mixed with Latin instrumentation. Hypnotic beats. Summer. Dutch house music. Reggaeton.
Sounds like: Itself. The duo created the genre dubbed moombahton at a party in P.G. County when Nada slowed some Dutch electro house from 130 beats per minute to 108, the speed of reggaeton.
So what?: Moombahton is D.C.’s spawn, even if L.A. shares custody.
From: The City of Angels.
For fans of: Trance (rave-y). Trap (drum machine-y). People who can’t stop tweeting.
Sounds like: According to him, EVERYTHING. He recently announced his retirement from trap music and has entered the spacey realm of trace, so expect chill beats.
Out soon: He’ll soon be hosting “Incredible,” a SiriusXM show where he’ll spin all genres.
So what?: His live shows are known for their sweaty energy.
From: “Come to D.C., and I’ll make you a believer,” Wale raps on “Pretty Girls.” He reps his hometown hard.
For fans of: Words. Mixtapes. “Seinfeld” quotes (Wale’s odd obsession). Strong mission statements concerning style and content recently diluted under the shadow of Rick Ross, whose Maybach Music Group Wale signed to in 2011.
Sounds like: If Lupe Fiasco and Rick Ross had a baby.
Out soon: Wale just released his newest album, “The Gifted,” but his previous mixtape, “Folarin,” was slicker.
So what?: When he puts his mind to it, Wale is one of the best rappers in the game — and especially in D.C.Half Street Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE; Sat., noon-9 p.m., $39-$49. (Navy Yard)