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Taking sides: If T.I. bails on FreeFest, who should take his place?

odd futureIf we don't get T.I. at FreeFest, teenage skate rats Odd Future would make a fine consolation prize. (Courtesy of the artist.)

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!

By Click Track  | 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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you wanna roll with the lesser known, keep it DC- Kokayi & The Caesarz and Diamond District... WIN.

Posted by: audiohysteria | September 16, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

ODD FUTURE WOLF GANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITD BE WAY TO SWAGGED IF THEY COME TO DC! They have a huge following in DC. Its like a CULT. B.O.B SUCKS anyways. OFKTADGAF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Swag022 | September 17, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

B.O.B will be playing a gig in England called Radio 1 extra live that day. Check your facts before you write an article.

Posted by: Cheri21 | September 19, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Jay Electronica was SICK here in Chicago. I nominate him and have not checked his schedule FYI.

I love Tribe and I suppose they would fit alongside Luda but someone newer would be better if you ask me.

Posted by: Cmeloissick | September 20, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

B.o.B. = W.T.F!? That's a big 'ol "no!"

Love Tribe but they JUST played there and I doubt they could outdo their last show after bringing out Busta.

Odd Future = too small at the moment. You're taking away a headliner, you have to give a headliner in return.

Seriously they need to book a party act! Give us some energy! Either something (fairly) hard and radio friendly like Papa Roach (not a fan but they steal the show at festivals) or true party starters LMFAO! I haven't seen dorks rock a stage so hard since the end of Revenge of the Nerds!

If you must do Hip-Hop bring Busta back here to finish what he started at Rock the Bells.

Posted by: JA007 | September 20, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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