Embracing its raison d'etre with vigor, the rap community has made no bones about its desire to motivate its listenership as the presidential campaign season draws to a close. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Russel Simmins, Chuck D, KRS-One -- rap's biggest stars, most prominent businessmen and loudest mouths -- are urging voters to make their voices heard, mirroring the plethora of rock artists who have spent recent weeks doing the same.
"Rap Up the Vote" rolls into HSBC Arena for an 8 p.m. tour stop today. This is the final night of the five-week tour, which spent its early weeks concentrating on encouraging voter registration among students.
"We believe that our young people should be heard; this is the only way we can ensure their constructive participation in their immediate future. Gang violence and unemployment need responses from the youth of America that are proactive and not reactive," writes Dianna Henderson, event organizer, on HSBC Arena's Web site.
The all-star revue will feature performances by Fat Joe and the Terror Squad, Lil Flip, Akon, Twista, Ma$e and Lloyd. Tickets are priced from $35 to $55 (box office, Tickets.com).