If you’re unfamiliar with AAHH! Fest, don’t feel like too much of a loser.
AAHH! Fest is a one-day music festival launched in 2014 by Chicago-native, Common. Primarily focused on hip-hop, performers included Jay Electronica, De La Soul, Lupe Fiasco, Twista, and a very, very special guest appearance from Kanye West. But while this year’s lineup remains to be seen, there’s one obvious question that demands an answer.
Will Kanye West make another appearance?
Shit, let’s hope so. But before you start screaming like a little schoolgirl and blow up all of our Facebook feeds, don’t get your hopes up.
Despite the inaugural success of AAHH! Fest, it’s unlikely that Kanye will show up again this year. Because let’s be real, that just wouldn’t be Kanye’s style.
Comedic legend Dave Chappelle hosted the event last year. As a result, fans flooded Union Park and basically solidified the notion that 2015 would provide an encore. And in an interview with Chicago Magazine this past March, Common made this notion a reality:
Chicago Magazine | March 30th, 2015
I’ve been doing a lot of speaking engagements. We recently had the Common Ground Foundation Gala, where we raised money for my foundation, which is Chicago-based, for the youth. I’ve got some films that I’m gonna do, I have some music that I’m creating. And we are going to have an AAHH! Fest this year too,” he said. (via 24urban.com)
Despite his busy schedule, Common will be there. But who will join him?
Will the fest be graced by some of Chicago’s hip-hop legends, or will it feature the city’s crop of rising talent?
Aside from Kanye West, the first name that comes to mind is Chance the Rapper.
Chance has been actively involved in the community this year, hosting the Teens in the Park festival that featured a surprise of its own and by collaborating with Goose Island to make a beer “for the working Chicagoan”. With that in mind, it’s easy to believe that Chance would make time to play in front of his fellow city-men.
Vic Mensa also makes a lot of sense. The ‘U Mad’ rapper collaborated with Kanye West earlier this year to create one of Chicago’s hottest tracks. He’s not playing at Lollapalooza, and he’s only booked for one weekend in September (when the festival is said to take place).
A few other names to keep your eye on would be Lil Durk, who is fresh off his breakout track featuring Jeremih, “Like Me.”
Return visits from Twista and Lupe Fiasco aren’t out of the question. But given last year’s diverse pool of talented artistry (and a surprise appearance from one of the most popular musicians on the planet), it’s nearly impossible to predict this year’s guest list.
As we find out more, we’ll be sure to let you know.