Rappers at a rock festival? Baybeats 2018 to feature hip-hop acts for the first time

The decision to include rappers was based on the music consumption patterns of youth here in the last few years.
The decision to include rappers was based on the music consumption patterns of youth here in the last few years.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - From the indie-pop and shoegaze vibes of Obedient Wives Club to the post-rock stylings of I Am David Sparkle, alternative rock music has always been the central sound of Baybeats - the annual, free, alternative music festival at the Esplanade which kicked off in 2002.

But in its 17th year, the organisers are switching things up and throwing rap and hip-hop acts into the mix, with home-grown rappers Akeem Jahat, duo act Yung Raja and Fariz Jabba, as well as Malaysia's Zamaera.

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