Festival lineups have always catered to the mainstream. When it comes to the flyer, at least, it seems the big headliners are always the draw, and anyone with size 14 text or smaller isn’t considered culturally important enough to spend hundreds of dollars to see. I think we’ve all come to terms with this festival logic.
So when the Outside Lands lineup was announced, I was both shocked that I could only recognize one Bay Area rapper on the ticket. How does the Bay Area’s biggest festival not include more rap talent from the area, especially when there’s so much? Sure, Green Day is cool, but so is Too Short. So is E-40. So where are all the Bay Area rappers and why aren’t they headliners?