Wednesday, June 23, 2010

‘New face of Hip-Hop’ coming to the Fairgrounds

I’m a Detroit native, so country music doesn’t exactly run in my genes, but start talking hip-hop and, well, now we’re in business. Kurtis Blow. Run DMC. Outkast. The list goes on and on …

Thankfully, the Great Indiana State Fair is, once again, offering a diverse mix of entertainers at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand by bringing in new hip-hop sensation Drake on Aug. 13.

The Canadian-born rapper released his highly anticipated debut album, “Thank Me Later,” last week and is already generating buzz in the media. The New York Times has gone as far as saying Drake is “the new face of hip-hop.”

The L.A. Times said Drake’s pop hooks are an “unholy amalgamation of the Backstreet Boys, Phil Collins and Mase.” I’m not sure how you mix those three sounds together but, rest assured, I’m interested to see how any artist can pull off that concoction!

Being a former music reporter, I’m also always interested in seeing, listening and supporting new acts and Drake is about as fresh things get right now in the hip-hop world.

You can “thank me later” for giving you the scoop on Drake by coming out and supporting an up-and-coming musician trying to make his mark in an ultra-competitive genre. Plus, you can grab a deep-fried Twinkie before the show – where else can you dine and be entertained like that??

Submitted by Kristofer Karol

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