Taking sides: If T.I. bails on FreeFest, who should take his place?
Things aren't looking good for fans hoping to see T.I. perform at Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Sept. 25. The troubled rapper, who was arrested on drug charges two weeks back, just backed out of a Sept. 24 gig at Penn State.
Will he bail on FreeFest, too? And if so, who should take his place?
Click Track's contributors pondered the question for our weekly Taking sides post and each nominated a rapper (or rap group) to take T.I.'s spot on the bill. Check out our picks after the jump and share yours in the comments.
Chris Richards: If the majority of the people you follow on Twitter aren't music journalists, I'll forgive you for being unfamiliar with Odd Future, a crew of L.A. teenagers making some of the most ambitious, visionary rap music anywhere in our billowing blogosphere. Career-wise, they seem plenty ambitious, too. Just this afternoon the group tweeted: "[Expletive] The Underground Scene. We Need To take Over Music As Whole. Be Better Than Wiz. We Can't Fail Like Wale." FreeFest is a big stage, but they seem ready for the challenge. And I bet their schedule is wide open.
David Malitz: I'm not sure that booking a bunch of teenagers that nobody's ever heard of at a huge festival is the best way to introduce the world to Odd Future. The ideal replacement for T.I. would be a group that is guaranteed to bring plenty of charisma, plenty of hits and has a long history of crowd-pleasing performances. And that would be A Tribe Called Quest.
Allison Stewart: Now that T.I.'s own personal "Better Living Through Chemistry" tour has prevented the completion of his actual tour, I'm thinking B.o.B. could be his replacement. The FreeFest bill is thick with hipsters, so much so, that it was never quite clear what T.I. was doing there, anyway. B.o.B. has a more wide-ranging fan base - his appeal spans hipsters, faux-hipsters, hip-hop fans, Paramore fans, pop fans and pretty much everyone in between. Give that man the gig!
| September 16, 2010; 1:03 PM ET
Categories: Taking sides | Tags: A Tribe Called Quest, B.o.B., Odd Future, T.I.
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