The Road to SXSW: Torae

Posted 4 years ago by
Download DJBooth's new App, The PLUG
(Photo credit: Robert Adam Mayer)

The DJBooth is proud to announce that Torae will be rocking on our stage for this year's SXSW music festival in Austin. Known for his relentlessly on point rhymes and classic style, Torae (born Torae L. Carr) hails from the hip-hop epicenter of Brooklyn, New York.

Torae first gained recognition by collaborating with production legends DJ Premier and Marco Polo, going on to receive critical acclaim for his collaborative LP with Polo, Double Barrel. Since then he's worked with some of the game's most well respected artists, from producers like Eric G., Black Milk, and Khrysis to emcees like Skyzoo, Sean Price, Wale, Talib Kweli and more.

Having recently released his second album, For the Record, Torae can be found tearing down stages across the globe - including our SXSW stage.

DJBooth Hosted Projects: For the Record.

Have you previously performed at SXSW?

After hearing so much about SXSW over the years, in 2010 I finally had the chance to perform as part of the Duck Down Records showcase. It was an amazing experience to get out to Austin & take in all that SXSW had to offer. I also had an opportunity to perform in front of a new audience I previously hadn't been able to reach. That was my first official SXSW show.

What are you looking forward to most about the experience?

Once you get a chance to perform during SXSW you want to do it again & again. So with my new album recently released I'm looking forward to getting out to Austin and rocking for the people who've been requesting it. Also being a part of what D Booth is doing is an added bonus. They've become a top tier site at showcasing the best new artists and this showcase is a further indication of that.

What fellow artists are you most excited to see perform?

I don't know too much of who'll be down there but off top I'm hearing Nas is rocking so that should be dope. Also want to check people I haven’t seen live yet, including Alice B, I've heard a lot about her so hopefully I get to catch her set.

What are you working on in the weeks/months to come that our readers/your fans should know about?

SXSW falls right on schedule with the vinyl release of For The Record so that's something I'm excited about. With the world going so digital lately it took a lot of fighting and hard work to get a vinyl release but as someone who's here to preserve the culture of hip-hop it wouldn't be right if I didn't release my project on vinyl. Expect a bonus cut on the project as well.

There are also videos for For The Record & That Raw that'll be debuting around this time; and we plan to shoot the video for Shakedown while down at SXSW. We’ll have plenty of merchandise for sale and will be giving out download cards with some Torae music free of charge to the fine folks down in Austin. Looking forward to this being another great year!

If you'll be in Austin on Saturday, March 17, you'll want to check out DJBooth's SXSW stage, featuring Freeway, Skyzoo, Thurz and many more. For all things SXSW, including information on purchasing passes, check out


Torae   ConcertsInterviews

Get The PLUG app by DJBooth and get the best hip-hop writing and news delivered daily.

You Might Like

Featured Video

Hip Hop News

The Weeknd Unveils Daft Punk-Assisted “Starboy” Single With Mega-Hit Potential

The superstar recording artist connects with Daft Punk for the lead single and title track off his upcoming album. Read More
Posted 7 hours ago by DJ Z

No Homo: Mick Jenkins Dissects the Art of the Male-to-Male Compliment

Rap was built on hypermasculinity, but a new generation of artists are breaking down that wall. Read More
Posted about 15 hours ago by Tara Mahadevan

Meet the Amazing Photographer Behind The Weeknd’s “Starboy” Album Cover

The Weeknd's "Starboy" album cover is amazing, but so is the photographer who took the image. Read More
Posted 15 hours ago by Yoh

Metro Boomin Says You Can Speak Up About Politics & Still Be Cool

The superstar producer is using his influence to push the youth to speak out. Read More
Posted 16 hours ago by Tara Mahadevan

Chance The Rapper & Kanye West’s “Good Ass Job” Album is “Far From Done”

In an interview with Power 106 the Chicago superstar offers an update on his collaborative LP with Ye. Read More
Posted about 19 hours ago by DJ Z

The Slow Death of the Album Booklet

Album booklets were once an essential part of the album experience, but they're slowly dying in the digital era. Read More
Posted 19 hours ago by Yoh
Sample Text - Sample Link




Discover the best new songs, videos, and albums added to the Booth.