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Just three days after the United States turns the big 2-3-6, BlackPlanet Radio, the U.S. Army, and a bunch of other sponsors will throw a post-Independence Day bash in downtown Miami featuring performances by some of America's biggest rappers. It's called Radio One Fest, and it's going down this Saturday at Bayfront Park's Klipsch Amphitheater.
From an Atlanta-based superstar to a 27-year-old Maybach Music Group representative, check out the top six acts scheduled to perform at Radio One Fest.
Ice Cube. This guy is an original gangsta, founding member of Niggaz Wit Attitudes, g-funk pioneer, comedian, actor, filmmaker, and the current owner of the most badass 'fro in the American entertainment industry. Nuff said, son.
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T.I. Grand Hustle Records CEO and part-time lifesaver, T.I. has put jail well behind him, opting to focus on his music and acting careers. The 31-year-old A-town rapper is gearing up to release Trouble Man later this year, his eighth studio album and first since 2010's No Mercy.
Fat Joe. Homie should change his name to Healthy Joe. This Nuyorican once tipped the scales at nearly four bills. But he shed mad weight by doing cardio and eating right. Obesity may kill, but Joseph Antonio Cartagena conquers.
Waka Flocka Flame. The Brick Squad boss's highly anticipated second studio album hit the streets in June. So expect a lot of material off Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family in Miami. But brace yourself, 'cause Waka goes "Hard in the Paint," bitches.
Kirko Bangz. Straight outta Houston, with "Drank" in his cup, this 22-year-old MC is one of commercial rap music's most promising spitters. Don't miss him at Radio One Fest.
Wale. Like all Maybach Music members, Wale has strong ties to Rick Ross and appeared on "Fuck 'Em," a track off Ross's 2012 mixtape, Rich Forever. Let's hope Rozay and the MMG fam "roll up and inhale" and make a cameo for some bangers by the bay.