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Rakim, Ghostface Killah and Brother Ali Combine Lyricism and Live Music With a Groundbreaking National Tour
Posted on: September 30, 2007 11:48 MST
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HIP HOP LIVE! will kick off it's first annual tour at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on October 29, 2007. Presented by Flow TV and Dodge, and produced by The Agency Group, the traveling collaboration looks to go where no hip hop tour has gone before - showcasing the games top wordsmiths backed by an incredible 10-piece live band. Celebrating the progression and possibilities embraced by Hip-Hop culture, the legendary Rakim; Wu-Tang's finest, Ghostface Killah; and Rhymesayers Entertainment's, Brother Ali will cross the nation bringing the show to life with new songs and infectious renditions of the classics you know and love  - each energized by the amazing Rhythm Roots Allstars.

After running through 19 US cities, the tour will end up in Philadelphia on November 21st.  Tickets are on sale nationally.  The tour's reputation is colossal from the jump, featuring some of the greatest rappers working today: Ghostface Killah, still enjoying the success of last year's critically acclaimed Fishscale; Rakim, the God MC, offering historic tracks and the worlds first glimpse of new material from both his forthcoming Live DVD and highly anticipated new album The Seventh Seal; and Brother Ali, a Minneapolis rapper whose recent release The Undisputed Truth could possibly re-weave hip-hop's legacy.

The Allstars are, as the name aptly identifies them, are a tremendous collection of the industry's top musicians, and they're thrilled to be part of the Hip Hop Live Tour.  "It's an honor to be backing up some of hip-hop's most legendary mc's," they say. "We played with Rakim and Ghostface at South By Southwest this year and it was an amazing experience". This collective has performed/recorded with such superstars as Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Outkast, and more.

"Hip-Hop's roots are nourished by live music.  For artists who dug through crates searching for the perfect sample, always trying to replicate the sounds of a full band, standing on a stage, moving the crowd in front of this talent is both the nexus and the pinnacle of what we do", says Rakim.  Hip Hop Live! is a celebration of hip hop and a rare chance to see your favorite hip hop artists in a new and exciting way – surely a concert experience not be missed!

TOUR DATES

October 29 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
October 30 - San Diego, CA - 4th & B
October 31 - Long Beach, CA - The Vault
November 1 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
November 2 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
November 3 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
November 4 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
November 7 - Park City, UT - Harry O's
November 8 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
November 9 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up
November 10 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Theatre
November 11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
November 12 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
November 13 - Bloomington, IN - Bluebird Theater
November 15 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
November 16 - New York, NY - Nokia Theatre
November 17 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
November 18 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
November 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero  

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