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Lollapalooza Snags Eminem; OutKast to Headline

Looks like rap fans will have plenty to enjoy on the playbill for this year’s Lollapalooza: Eminem, OutKast, Nas, Childish Gambino (aka Troy in Community), Iggy Azalea and Chance the Rapper among them.  The annual 3-day music festival sold out within hours of going on sale.  Eminem and Outkast will headline the stage along with Kings of Leon, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Lorde and Artic Monkeys.

This exciting festival hosts approximately 160,000 people each summer in Chicago’s lakefront Grant Park. This year marks the 10th anniversary for a festival that has run annually from 1991-1997, and was revived again in 2003.

Conceived and created by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for his band, Lollapalooza is now the gig to get for both new and established artists. Farrell himself curates the lineup each year.  “Every year you’re shooting to have just an incredible bill that people will look at and say, `I’m there,’” Farrell told Entertainment Weekly. “The music is going to entertain them and do wonders for their heart and so is the city.”

As for the hip-hop heavyweights slated for Lollapalooza this year, Eminem is currently riding the wave of a “Monster” hit with Rihanna, as well as going on The Monster Tour with her to support The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Moreover, he has been named the 2nd highest selling male artist in the last 23 years (44.91 million album sales), second only to Garth Brooks.  He’s really making his case as hip-hop’s “Rap God”.  Meanwhile, the dynamic and always innovative super-duo OutKast are also coming back out of the woodwork to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April in Indio, California, which takes place in April. Hey ya!

Tickets to Lollapalooza are sold out, but VIP and platinum packages are still available.  The festival will be held August 1-3.

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Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that's where Deborah Jane found her funk. Daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Deborah grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn't make her first black friend until attending Stanford University). Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now she is an emcee and writer who both spits raps and writes editorials, TV shows and films - especially hip-hop musicals!

At Stanford, she wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-Hopera (www.strangefruithiphopera.com) - now in development as a feature film. Deborah also launched her hip-hip theatre webseries, The HOTT (www.youtube.com/TheHOTTtv), published in Urban Cusp Magazine. Currently, she is penning her first hip-hop album, Do You Love Me Deborah Jane? And do you? She truly hopes you all love her.

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