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Kanye West, Common highlight Lollapalooza
When Lollapalooza returned from its hiatus last year, the music festival was criticized for its lack of hip-hop acts, particularly those who hail from the megaconcert's new home base, Chicago. Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell vowed to diversify the lineup this year, and that he did. Hometown heroes Common and Kanye West are the hip-hop highlights of an expanded 130-band, eight-stage, three-day event. If you plan to visit the City of Wind for the weekend set, Saturday is your day, and the AT&T Stage is your spot. Gnarls Barkley, featuring Goodie Mob's Cee-Lo and DJ Danger Mouse, start things off at 4:30 p.m., followed by Common at 6:30 p.m. and Kanye West at 8:30 p.m. Blackalicious also performs Saturday at 5 p.m. on the PlayStation Stage. If you plan to make it for the first day, Friday, you might want to give Lady Sovereign a listen. A white, female, British MC, she's got Jay-Z on
her side and a Def Jam album due in October. "I know -- because I'm not stupid -- I know a lot of people think I'm a gimmick, and I'm only going to be around for about a year and that's it," Sovereign told Chicago RedEye. "I'm not a gimmick, I'm talented." Judge for yourself at 5 p.m. Saturday on the PlayStation stage. The Red Hot Chili Peppers close the show, which takes place for the second year in a row at Chicago's Grant Park, on Sunday.
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