By Grace Wenner
Teezo Touchdown, a Texas-born rapper described as having a "defiant pop-punk and underground hip-hop sound" by NPR, is 2023 Culture Shock’s first headliner. You might know him from his feature on Tyler the Creator’s “RUNITUP," whom he is now co-signed to, or his feature on WESTSIDEBOOGIE’s “CAN'T GET OVER YOU.” Teezo’s performances are unforgettable, especially if you catch him wearing his signature nail headpiece. Teezo released the single “Familiarity" this month, and its funky beats and whiny vocals will suit any pregame playlist.
Junglepussy, a New York-native rapper, has been recognized by stars Erykah Badu and Lil' Kim. She’s opened for Tame Impala, has had hits like “Trader Joe,” and was featured on the hit show “Broad City”’s soundtrack. Captivating and incredibly individual, Junglepussy is at once easy listening and fit for late night Hub runs.
Wiki is another New York-native whose goal is to capture the sound of New York's youth in hip-hop. He was a part of the group Ratking, who sported features from artists such as King Krule and last year’s Culture Shock headliner Princess Nokia. Wiki’s most popular song is “All I Need," featuring Earl Sweatshirt, and it’s extra smooth beat is perfect for post Culture Shock relaxing at Coach Diner.
Talia Goddess, a R&B and soul artist from Brooklyn, is only 20-years-old and has already caught the attention of A$AP Ferg as well as Vogue, Paper, and i-D magazines. As a self taught singer-songwriter, she is a force to be reckoned with, and her bouncy beats are perfect for the walk over to the Stood.
Gel, a hardcore band out of New Jersey, has sets described as sweaty and ecstatic by Pitchfork. Unapologetically fun, Gel wasn’t shy to play at a Sonic Drive-In parking lot in Hainesport, New Jersey. If that isn’t Purchase friendly, what is? Gel should definitely be played while you practice your two-step for the next show in Whitson’s.
Danny Singh is a hip-hop artist out of Queens, with influences of R&B, punk, and electronica. His project “SENSORAMA” introduced his collaboration with Generation Cana, in which he uses his music to advocate for the Cana Foundation, which helps fight against climate change and save America’s wild horses. Singh’s eco-friendly electric beats should be played while you help volunteer at the Purchase Native Plant Garden.
Bktherula, an Atlanta-born rapper, is Culture Shock 2023’s next headliner, and is known for her smash hit LEFT RIGHT, which sports over 34 million listens on Spotify. She was featured on Rico Nasty’s album “Las Ruinas” on the track “Messy” with other headliner Teezo Touchdown. Bktherula has multiple collaborations with Rico, proving herself to be another powerful force among female rappers. From uploading her first track to SoundCloud at 15, to having multiple tracks with millions of listens, Bk isn’t a set to miss.
Slaughter Beach, Dog, from Philadelphia, is the indie folk project of Jake Ewald from Modern Baseball. Layering on top of their emo roots, Slaughter Beach, Dog is sentimental, but sweet and warm, and their millions of listens show how sticky their tender catchiness is. The track “Your Cat” from the album “Motorcycle.jpg” is perfect to soundtrack your angsty late night walks.
Control Top is a Philadelphia post-punk trio that’s as electric as it is eccentric. Their thumpy, addictive melodies make it impossible to stand still. If you aren’t moved by the anti-establishment lyricism, your feet definitely will be.
Hook, a rapper from Riverside, California, is described as deranged by Pitchfork, and her all-over sound is funny, catchy, and well crafted. Her track “Crashed My Car” features comedian and rapper Zack Fox, and perfectly captures her undisputed charm. Simultaneously embracing what she describes as her ramble rap style, her clever hooks earn her her own name.
Laundry Day, a pop band out of Manhattan has performed at Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flag Gnaw Festival, opened for both Clairo and The 1975, and now
Culture Shock day 2. Their upbeat and refreshing sound has a slight jazzy influence and has a lighthearted youthful tone, perfect for indulging in your college days.
The Kota Dosa Collective, out of New York, sports influences of psychedelic rock, hip-hop, jazz, and the blues. They’re new to the scene, but prove to be talented.