Return of the O.G.s: 8 Legendary Summerstage Shows That Make Us Hate Not Living in New York

8 Reasons We Hate Not Living In New York: Legendary Artists Performing at Summerstage 2012

Sometimes it seems like everything worthwhile happens in New York. That might not actually be true, but this summer, it will sort of seem like it.

New York’s long-standing Summerstage series isn’t a typical summer music festival that rolls into town for the weekend, leaving a barren wasteland of trash and destruction come Monday. Instead, the 27-year-old celebration of music and art is a weekly set of live performances, art galleries and more, that inspire and promote arts from all mediums throughout New York’s boroughs.

This year’s celebration is especially incredible, as it features appearances from a huge number of legendary artists from New York’s storied history of hip hop culture. All summer long, patrons will have the opportunity to catch these seminal MCs, producers, and DJs live, and we’ve picked out some of Summerstage’s must-see acts for this year. The rest of us will either have to cop a grip of round-trip tickets, or just brood in our poor choice of hometowns.

8. Rob Base

Rob Base

August 1, 7:00-9:00 PM; Tappen Park

The “It Takes Two” rapper is set to take the stage in August and pump up the crowd with his up-beat party anthems that donned the radio friendly era of the late 1990s.

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7. Nice and Smooth, Ed O.G., and The Awesome 2

Nice and Smooth, Ed O.G., and The Awesome 2

July 11, 7:00-9:00 PM; Crotona Park

Greg Nice and Smooth B will perform their classic, buttery jams alongside performances from Boston legend Ed O.G. and DJ duo, The Awesome 2.

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6. Brand Nubian and Game Rebellion

Brand Nubian and Game Rebellion

June 20, 7:00-9:00 PM; Red Hook Park

Upcoming NY outfit Game Rebellion will have the honor of performing with another one of New York’s legendary rap groups, Brand Nubian. Pioneers in the world of “conscious” hip hop, Grand Puba, Sadat X, and Lord Jamar will be kicking their signature brand of politically-charged gritty hip hop goodness.

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5. Big Daddy Kane and Marley Marl

Big Daddy Kane and Marley Marl

July 18, 7:00-9:00 PM; Queensbridge Park

Two of the Juice Crew’s most notable figures are slated to make an appearance, reuniting to undoubtedly perform some of the most-classic records to ever come out of NYC. A combination of Kane’s groundbreaking solo work, the Juice Crew’s collective innovation, and Marley Marl’s timeless production — this performance can be nothing but awesome.

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