If you're bound for Trillectro at the RFK festival grounds on Saturday, you know that keeping up with the more than two dozen electronic and hip-hop acts on the bill is kind of a job. We've lined up the details you'll need to know, including set times, background on a few of the acts and the songs you should expect to hear.
Trillectro features 27 performers, from national headliners Big Sean to DJ duo Twrk to Washington's own rising rap star, Fat Trel. Here are some of the acts you'll want to know.
(Note: Many of the performers' songs are explicit. Really explicit.)
His deal: The rapper caught Kanye West's ear with a flow that the unschooled might say sounds like Drake. It's been a slow burn after signing with West's G.O.O.D. Music in 2007, but 2014 seems to be Sean's year: Thanks to smart collaborations with West and Jay Z and singers Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande, the onetime rap protege is poised to hit the mainstream.
The song to know: "Control." What was supposed to be Big Sean's breakout instead made Kendrick Lamar a household name, thanks to a singular verse that saw Lamar challenge the biggest names in rap. Lost in the din, Sean still shows well on the booming track, which will certainly get the Trillectro crowd going. "Fire," a track whose video featured Cyrus, is a close second.
His deal: The ink's still wet on Trel's deal with Rick Ross's risk-taking label, Maybach Music (home to Wale), so he has yet to formally release a record. That's precisely why you'll want to be in the crowd for this hazel-eyed, dreadlocked rapper with a penchant for taking off his shirt: We're hoping to hear a set full of new tracks.
The song to know: "She Fell In Love," whose video features a Ben's Chili Bowl cameo and a little love for 14th Street sneaker shop DTLR.
Their deal: This New York DJ duo picked a name that probably is past its expiration date, but their globe-hopping trap sound - they're on Diplo's Mad Decent label - has caught the attention of the dance-music world, landing them on a few ones-to-watch lists for 2014. For those looking to flex their twerking skills, the DJs known as Benzi and eSenTRIK are your act.
The song to know: "BaDINGA!," a bounce track with a nonsensical chorus that's impossible to shake and a beat that recalls jazz as much as it does trap.
The Jane Doze
Their deal: Trillectro manages to book at least a few female-fronted offerings each year, and the Jane Doze checks that box and then some. The buzz-garnering DJ crew of Jen Mozenter and Claire Schlissel specializes in remixing the hits.
The song to know: The duo's remix of the Colourist's "We Won't Go Home" turns just another Southern California indie-pop song into a spin class banger.
Their deal: This trio emerged from Atlanta's scene last summer with "Hannah Montana" and "Versace," tracks that used repetition (and musical triplets in their rhyming, a technique now known as "the Migos Flow") to dig so deep into our heads, we'll probably be singing "Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana," in the shower for years to come.
His deal: The Los Angeles-based DJ, who's teaming with fellow crew member Hoodboi for Trillectro, is yet another act who specializes in bounce, a body-moving genre that draws heavily from Southern rap, while also drawing on L.A.'s electronic influences.
The song to know: Falcons' remix of Ciara's "Oh!" transforms the early-aughts R&B hit into something seriously danceable.
Trillectro runs Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. at the RFK Stadium festival grounds, Lot 8, 2400 East Capitol St. SE (Metro: Stadium-Armory). www.trillectro.com. $49-$69; VIP tickets, $115-$130.