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The Click Track 2010 Howard Homecoming Draft!

When confronted with a smorgasbord of live music, Click Track's Chris Richards and David Malitz see no other way of divvying up the spoils than with a draft. It worked well at FreeFest, so they're giving it another go with the Click Track 2010 Howard Homecoming Draft.

This weekend, scores of rappers, R&B singers, dancehall singjays and other artists will visit Washington to perform at various Howard University homecoming-related celebrations. Click Track selected the 10 biggest (and confirmed) names -- B.o.B., Clipse, J. Cole, Mr. Vegas, Rick Ross, Slick Rick, Serani, Soulja Boy, Waka Flocka Flame and Wale -- and decided to split them up. O let's do it...


Richards: Since I won the Kanye West commemorative coin-flip (both sides are heads!), I'll pick first. And I'm going with Waka Flocka Flame and Backyard Band at D.C. Star on Friday. This is Waka's moment. 2010 will be remembered as the year of "BOW!"

rick rossThe Teflon Don has ceded some spotlight to Waka Flocka but is still one of rap's biggest names of 2010. (Jonathan Mannion)

Malitz: I think you're using a weighted coin. I'll take Rick Ross with my first pick. For a while, it seemed like 2010 might be his year, but people's attention spans are short and that album came out in July. Also, he's canceled a handful of D.C. shows this year, so he needs to rebound with something special.

clipsePusha T will perform his "Runaway" verse? Perhaps wishful thinking. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Richards: I really wish Kanye was coming for homecoming, but I'll just have to cross my fingers and hope that Pusha T of the Clipse performs his verse from Kanye's "Runaway." Ballerina cameos welcome, too.

baduErykah Badu with the fourth pick? That's a steal. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Malitz: Wait a second. I know our draft is already underway, but I just saw an announcement that Erykah Badu is playing a show at Cramton Auditorium on Friday night. You've already seen her this year, so you shouldn't be too upset.

(The rest of the picks, after the jump.)

Richards: Pffft. Like seeing one Erykah Badu show is ever enough. Meantime, I'm conflicted. Picking Soulja Boy over Slick Rick is akin to eating a bowl of Peanut Butter M&Ms for breakfast, but I'm curious to see how the crowd reacts to his set after the now-infamous XXL magazine cover shoot he did with 50 Cent. Also, Peanut Butter M&Ms are so good.

Malitz: I see nothing wrong with eating Peanut Butter M&Ms for breakfast. At least then I'd be eating breakfast. But thank you for leaving me Slick Rick, who I missed at Rock the Bells earlier this year.

Richards: I was excited to see more than a couple dancehall reggae artists on this year's Yardfest line up and I'm a big fan of Serani -- a man who sings like he's weeping. Autumn is pretty melancholy, after all.

Malitz: Can you make sure to snap some really good pictures again? I'll go with J. Cole for this pick. With Jay-Z's Roc Nation behind him, there could be big things in store.

Richards: Someone tell Henry Allen that Malitz is coming to take his Pulitzer in photography criticism! But you're right. Homecoming weekend is all about seeing young artists on the way up. But I.... must... redeem... my... reputation... for... taking high quality snapshots of dancehall singjays! I'll take Mr. Vegas at Yardfest.

waleWhat would Homecoming weekend be without a Wale appearance? (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Malitz: I suppose that leaves me with B.o.B.. But I'm also going take fellow XXL magazine freshman class of '09er Wale, who will be playing a Red Bull-sponsored show with Tokyo Police Club on Saturday. He'll probably make another appearance or three over the weekend, too, and will hopefully have Fat Trel and Black Cobain in tow.

Richards: Well, that does it. For the second draft in a row, I won the coin toss and you managed to cheat your way to a better Team Malitz. You are a worthy adversary.


Team Richards:
Waka Flocka Flame and Backyard Band at D.C. Star on Friday.
Clipse at Love on Saturday.
Soulja Boy at Ibiza on Saturday.
Serani at Howard University Yardfest on Friday.
Mr. Vegas at Howard University Yardfest on Friday.

Team Malitz:
Rick Ross at Ibiza on Friday.
Erykah Badu at Cramton Auditorium on Friday.
Slick Rick at Howard University Yardfest on Friday.
J. Cole at the Mansion on Friday.
B.o.B. at the Mansion on Saturday.
Wale at Red Bull Soundclash (Pennsylvania Avenue and 4th Street NW) on Saturday.

By Click Track  | October 27, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  B.o.B., Clipse, Erykah Badu, J. Cole, Mr. Vegas, Rick Ross, Serani, Slick Rick, Soulja Boy, Waka Flocka Flame, Wale  
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