Outside Lands 2016: Hip-hop Takes a Starring Role

August 7, 2016 GMT

This might be the strongest year for hip-hop in Outside Lands history.

Here are the top hip-hop attractions on the bill for the 2016 festival, which kicked off Friday at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

J. Cole: His three studio albums have been excellent, and each one has hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. With due respect to some other contenders (notably, Kendrick Lamar), Cole might just be the top artist in hip-hop right now.

Vince Staples: The Long Beach rapper was sensational on the ambitious double-disc debut “Summertime ’06,” which proved to be one of the finest albums of 2015.

Big Grams: What do you get when you mix rapper Big Boi (from Outkast fame) with electronic rock duo Phantogram? You guessed it -- Big Grams.

Chance the Rapper: He’s one of the genre’s true rising stars, who is returning to the Bay Area in October to perform shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco and the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Follow Jim Harrington at twitter.com/jimthecritic .