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Catch freshly minted XXL 2012 Freshman Class member Kid Ink at the Ogden Theatre tonight

Fresh on the heels of being named as a member XXL Magazine's prestigious Freshman 2012 Class earlier this week, alongside Macklemore, Machine Gun Kelly and Hopsin, among others, the Los Angeles-based rapper known as Kid Ink comes back to Denver tonight for a show at the Ogden Theatre with DJ Chonz, Rockie and Pries.

On the strength of more than millions of YouTube views and hundreds of thousands of followers on Facebook and Twitter, Kid's Ink's upcoming full-length, Up & Away, is one of the most anticipated joints of the summer.

"It's a dream come true," says Kid Ink of being included in XXL's Freshman class this year. "A major goal for us this time last year, was to be a part of it for 2012. To be a part of the process was amazing, and we are really looking forward to what opportunities await because of it."

Kid seems to be just as excited about coming back to Denver, a city that he says embraced him early on, before he was officially recognized as one of the hottest emerging MCs in the country.

"I love Denver," he declares. "Definitely one of the first cities to get behind me as an artist. I have done three shows here already, and it has been nothing but love. Also, Denver is the first city to really get behind my record and give me major radio airplay, so we really just can't wait to put on a great show and repay the fans and KS1075 for believing in me and getting behind me!"



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