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Let's rap

We tend to think of karaoke mostly in terms of well-worn classics, say "Copa Cabana," "I Will Survive" or the always ill-advised "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Busta Rhymes, 2Pac and Ghostface Killah aren't exactly household names on the karaoke circuit, but they are the stock-in-trade of Hip-Hop Karaoke, an all-rap karaoke event that got its start in New York City six years ago and will make its first appearance in Buffalo on Saturday.

The event gets under way at 9 p.m. Saturday in Acropolis (708 Elmwood Ave.), the recently retooled Greek restaurant in the Elmwood Village. It will feature a healthy list of jams both old and new, from Run DMC, Dr. Dre, Notorious B.I.G and Wu-Tang Clan to Outkast, 50 Cent, Jay-Z and Kanye West. Promoter Edreys Wajed wrote that the event was "designed for the Big Daddy Kane in all of us." Adding an element of hip-hop culture to the traditionally nonhip act of karaoke, participants are assisted by an on-duty hypeman -- a performer in charge of getting the crowd amped up and excited.

There's no cover, and singers get a free drink and a chance to compete for a prize. For more info, visit www.hiphopkaraokebuffalo.com.

-- Colin Dabkowski

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