Aahh! Fest: Common, Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, MC Lyte, and more | Union Park | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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Aahh! Fest: Common, Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, MC Lyte, and more 

When: Sun., Sept. 21, 10 a.m. 2014
Price: $20 for early show, $60 for late show, $125 for late show with reserved seating, $70 for both shows, $250 for both shows with VIP
In April local heroes Common and Rhymefest announced the creation of a nonprofit employment initiative called the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative, to be launched in the fall with a community-focused hip-hop party called the Aahh! Fest. It was originally meant to be a two-day event in Jackson Park, but as DNAinfo reported in mid-August, logistical problems forced it to move to Union Park and slim down to one day. That speed bump instantly seemed like a distant memory, though, as soon as the lineup came out the next week. It includes not just hometown heroes Common and Lupe Fiasco but also New York hippie-rap icons De La Soul and borderline mythical hip-hop recluse Jay Electronica—and seeing Dave Chappelle host the show ought to be worth the ticket price all by itself. Lupe’s been in fine form since dropping the monstrous, scrambled-funk single “Next to It” in June; the other local on the bill, Lil Herb, released his debut mixtape, the gripping and lyrical Welcome to Fazoland, in February. Herb also appears on Common’s recent Nobody’s Smiling (Artium/Def Jam), an imperfect but well-intentioned album that attempts to respond to Chicago street violence. Actress and singer was added to the lineup in early September, and the festival promises a “surprise special guest” too, which I imagine could be Kanye West—his youth arts organization, Donda’s House, helped organize the Aahh! Fest community showcase, hosted by Rhymefest and preceding the main event. —Leor Galil The late-show lineup, headliner first, is Common, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, MC Lyte, Jay Electronica, Lil Herb, and Diggy; Dave Chappelle hosts. The early show is a “community showcase” curated by Rhymefest.
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