Rapper 2 Chainz got married in Miami to his longtime girlfriend—with a tuxedoed Lil Wayne and a white tiger in attendance—last weekend, but he isn’t taking too much time off for the honeymoon. 2 Chainz will be in NYC early next month to headline the free 2018 Genius IQ/BBQ in Brooklyn.
The second annual Genius fest will take place on Saturday, September 8th at the Genius HQ (92 3rd Street) in Gowanus. In addition to 2 Chainz, Princess Nokia, Tierra Whack, A.CHAL, Jack Harlow, Melii and Ted Park are all performing. There are also DJ sets from Odalys, Riobamba, Stonie Blue and DJ Saige.
Pusha-T performing at the inaugural Genius BBQ last year (Ryan Muir)
In case you’re not super familiar with some of those artists, we highly recommend checking out Tierra Whack first thing. If you’re looking for a really good way to spend 15 minutes today, we can’t recommend her debut album, Whack World, enough. It’s 15 whimsical, wildly creative songs that slide between indie pop, rap, and R&B, all packed into 15 head-spinning minutes. And it comes with a full visual accompaniment you can watch below. You’re unlikely to hear better songs about eating fruit salad or mourning a dead dog this decade.
In addition to the music, there will be BBQ fare by Bareburger, Salt & Bone and 7 Day Weekend, popsicles by People’s Pops, and an all-day immersive, multiplayer music trivia contest “that aims to crown the ultimate hip-hop and R&B scholars by sundown.”
“Everyone on the Genius IQ/BBQ lineup is moving music forward in exciting new ways, from a lyrical icon like 2 Chainz to mind-bending young artists like Tierra Whack,” says Brendan Frederick, Genius’s Chief Content Officer. “This is going to be a day for all creative people to come together and get inspired.”
Genius IQ/BBQ is an 18+ event open to fans. Tickets are free and will be available beginning Friday, August 24th at noon at iqbbq.genius.com.