Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Philly Rappers Unite

By Roman Wolfe

Former Philadelphia Hip-Hop rivals Beanie Sigel and Gillie Da Kid have put their differences aside and will appear on stage during a free concert next week.

The free “Brotherly Love Concert,” which is being presented by Nike’s ACG brand, will also feature performances by Freeway, Reed Dollas, Joey Jahad and E-Ness.

The concert was the idea of Sigel himself, who is attempting to unify rappers in Philadelphia, some of whom are currently at odds with each other.

"I had an idea to put everyone together in one building and on one stage to start a movement here in Philly and promote unity,” Sigel told “Plus I want to concentrate on the artist now, as I push my own label here in Philly. I want State Property Records to be the vehicle to put them on, so they don't have to go to New York."

At one point or another, Beanie Sigel, Gillie, E-Ness, Cassidy and most recently former Major Figgas member Dirty Rik and other rappers in the area have engaged in brutal and sometimes violent beefs.

Nike ACG hopes the concert is a watershed moment in Philadelphia Hip-Hop’s history that will help redefine the city’s rap landscape.

The concert will take place at the Filmore on South Street in Philadelphia, PA. Doors will open at 5:00 pm.

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