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Central Michigan Universitys second annual Hip-Hop Weekend hits campus Sept. 28 and 29 with a performance by rapper Lil Scrappy and a Lyricist Lounge featuring student performances.
The weekend, presented by On The Fly Productions in conjunction with Phi Beta Sigma and Minority Student Services, will kick off with the Lyricist Lounge at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 in Warriner Halls Plachta Auditorium.
The Lyricist Lounge, a Hip-Hop Weekend tradition, will begin with an open mike portion featuring primarily rap and hip-hop performances, as well as some poetry. The event concludes with a lyrical battle, or rap off, between contestants, with the winner of the night receiving a trophy. Anyone interested in performing should contact Phi Beta Sigma by phone at (989) 400-1531 or by e-mail at lambdagamma1979@yahoo.com. Admission is free and open to the public.
A concert featuring well-known rapper and emcee Lil Scrappy is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sept. 29 in Warriner Halls Plachta Auditorium.
Tickets for the concert, which is co-sponsored by Minority Student Services, cost $3 for CMU students, faculty and staff and $7 for the general public and are available at the Central Box Office on the lower level of the Bovee University Center or by calling (989) 774-3000 or (888) CMU 0111 (toll free).
According to biographies on mtv.com and rollingstone.com, Atlanta based artist Lil Scrappy, born Darryl Richards, is one of the top hip-hop music artists in the business today. Discovered and signed to BME Recordings by popular rapper Lil Jon, Scrappy first received recognition and acclaim with the hit single Headbussa, a collaboration with Trillville, in 2003. He then won success as a solo artist the next year with the single No Problem.
As such a popular artist in the hip-hop industry, Lil Scrappy seemed like an ideal choice to bring to campus, said Lonnie Scott, On The Fly student adviser.
Weve already brought some rock and country groups to campus this year, so this will be great for students who enjoy more of the rap genre, Scott said. Were really excited to bring him here for Hip-Hop Weekend.
For more information about Hip-Hop Weekend, contact On the Fly Productions at (989) 774-1189.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lindsay Allen, (989) 774-7327
PROGRAM CONTACT: Lonnie Scott, (989) 774-1189

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