JMBLYA is back around for 2018 and is coming in hot, with an extra date in Houston TX, and a stellar line up with some of the heaviest hitting rappers in modern history as well as a few legendary old school names. We cannot seriously wait till May comes around. Headlining the 2018 fest will be North Carolinian, Grammy-nominated emcee J. Cole, who continues to prep for the highly-anticipated follow-up project to the critically-acclaimed, platinum-certified album 4 Your Eyez Only. New additions to the 2018 lineup include two of the most sought-after acts in hip-hop today, both of whom are Grammy-nominated, as well – Atlanta-based trap-rappers Migos, whose recently released Culture II album just hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and Bronx-born Cardi B, who continues to dominate the radio charts this year after debuting her No. 1 smash hit “Bodak Yellow” in late 2017. With “Bodak Yellow”, Cardi B is the first woman rapper to score an unassisted No. 1 hit on the Billboard 100 charts since Lauryn Hill did the same nearly two decades ago. Cardi B is also featured on the debut single “Motorsport” from Migos’ recent album.
Also set to grace the main stages at JMBLYA 2018 will be Kevin Gates, whose performance will mark the first show currently announced from the hustler-turned-rapper since recently being released from his incarceration that began in fall of 2016. This year’s lineup will also include one of today’s hottest up-and-coming rappers, Playboi Carti, who continues to ride high from the success of last year’s debut project that included the viral hit “Magnolia”. Several leaders in today’s SoundCloud rap scene are set to perform, including Trippie Redd and Ski Mask The Slump God. Additional performers include Cozz, a South Central LA-bred, up-and-coming rapper signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville Records; Toronto-based emcee Killy; YouTube star-turned rapper Jack Harlow; along with very special guests—and two of Texas’ most beloved rappers—Bun B and Trae Tha Truth, as well as Houston’s own DJ Mr. Rogers.