Three more to see at 2x2 Hip-Hop Festival

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive
Red Pill

Now in its second year, 2x2 is expanding on its success with a deeper roster of performers, a larger breakdancing battle and even more available wall space for graffiti artists both young (the fest features an art area for kids) and old (the pros painting walls of Rice Paddy Motorcycles).

Action kicks off at noon on Saturday, July 23, and while you can't go wrong scoping out any number of locals previously name-checked inAlive(Copywrite, Nes Wordz, Correy Parks, etc.), we thought we'd highlight three performers trekking to town for the event.

Red Pill

Instinctive Drowning, the Detroit rapper's forthcoming full-length, features a production assist from Columbus expat Ill Poetic and includes a guest verse from Doomtree MC P.O.S. On the clattering "Fuck Your Ambition," Pill takes stock of his amassed fortune before giving credit for these successes where it's due: "See that castle I call home? See that yacht?" he slurs. "Yeah I did that all alone."

Mickey Factz

The New York-born rapper rose to national acclaim when he was named to theXXL magazine Freshman Class in 2009. At the time, Factz was in the midst of a song-a-week release binge, flexing his larynx on tracks that featured guests that have since exploded (Drake) and imploded (the Cool Kids). In the years since, he's plumbed more interesting terrain, turning out conceptual projects written from the perspectives of apartment doormen and underground painters. Word is the MC is close to releasing a new project, so there's a chance we'll hear some fresh material here.

Ill Poetic

Producer and rapper Ill Poetic is no stranger to the region, having spent his formative years in Columbus and Cincinnati before relocating to San Diego in 2014, where he helps co-run Beat Box Records, a rare vinyl shop. This measured, crate-digger aesthetic informs both the music and lyrics on his latest,The Silhouette Project,which features beats culled from dusty soul, jazz and funk records, and words that plumb inward, taking needed time to examine bonds both romantic and familial.