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SXSW 2012, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Black Hippy: Best Hip-Hop Events Preview

As the music portion of SXSW threatens to rear its crowded "it was better before Kanye" head again next week, The BoomBox has collected a selection of our favorite hip-hop events to ease your troubled mind while attending the event in Austin, Texas.

Of the many major label surprise events, perhaps the most unexpected is the Shady 2.0 SXSW Showcase, which features BoomBox favorites Big K.R.I.T., Schoolboy Q,

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Jay-Z, SXSW: Rapper Joins American Express for Austin Performance

American Express is rolling out a fancy new feature that will allow cardholders to tweet certain hashtags and earn "couponless savings" at national retailers. Jay-Z probably doesn't concern himself much with discount shopping, but he evidently supports the idea. Next week at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, the rapper will play a spe

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Kanye, Jay-Z ‘H.A.M.’ Performance Debuts Next Week

Kanye West and Jay-Z are in full promo mode for their highly anticipated joint album, 'Watch the Throne.' Last night (June 7) in New York City, the latter previewed the effort for the BoomBox while We

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Daniel Boczarski, Getty Images for VEVO
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Jay-Z Joins Kanye West During G.O.O.D. Music SXSW Takeover

Over the weekend, Kanye West stole the show at SXSW, the 4-day music conference that brings hundreds of bands and thousands of spectators to Austin, Texas each year. Kanye used the fest's hype, and, along with VEVO,

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Chamillionaire Speaks on ‘Playlist Poison’ at SXSW

Like many rap acts, Houston MC Chamillionaire headed to SXSW in Austin, Texas this week to inform the masses that he had a project on the way. Cham stopped by the Live From Aol booth to speak on hi

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Kanye West Bringing G.O.O.D. Music Roster to SXSW

Kanye West confirmed his upcoming SXSW performance earlier this week, and now it's been revealed that his entire G.O.O.D. Music roster will also be present in Austin, Texas for the festivities.

Mr. West will be

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Kanye West Confirms SXSW Appearance

Kanye West has confirmed that he will perform at this year's South By Southwest festival after releasing another,"flashy" video teaser.

West is scheduled to give a midnight performance on March 19 at the Vevo Power Station, according to a new video, released on Idolator earlier today. The nearly two-minute video (West's second SXSW tea

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Kevin Mazur, WireImage
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Kanye West to Perform Secret Show at SXSW?

The annual Austin, Texas music conference known as SXSW is infamous for its surprise concerts, and each year rumors abound regarding potential secret shows and surprise on-stage collaborations.

This year's big rumor is that Kanye West wi

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Talib Kweli Won’t Drink Vodka at SXSW

People expecting to see Reflection Eternal perform tracks from their first album in a decade, 'Revolutions Per Minute' due April 20, only got one-half of the duo. Made up of producer/DJ Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli, only the l

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Yelawolf Channels Bob Dylan and Reveals His SXSW Regimen

Rising hip-hop star Yelawolf is playing eight shows over the next four days. "It's my first trip out here and my first trip to SXSW," the Alabama native tells The BoomBox following his afternoon set at Austin's Beauty Bar. "I'm definitely trying to conserve my voice. I'v

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