Ghostface Killa and Rakim in SF: Gold Chains and Wallabees are a Must

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I have a huge list of my favorite things, a la The Sound of Music. Some of them include Bulletproof Wallets and Lyrics of Fury. Now it looks like these favorites are getting treatment from an awesome live band this Friday:

DATE: Friday, November 2 TALENT: GHOSTFACE KILLAH, RAKIM, BROTHER ALI ADMISSION: $30 ADVANCE TICKETS AT TICKETWEB.COM, 21+, 9:00 PM LOCATION: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street, SF, CA 94103

HIP HOP LIVE! will kicks off it’s first annual tour stopping at Mezzanine, Friday, November 2nd, 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.

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 with such superstars as De La Soul, Taib Kweli, Sharon Jones, Big Daddy Kane, and Lonnie Jordan 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!

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