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#ShitRappersSay on stage in Denver

The next few days kick off what will no doubt be a summer of hip-hop shows to remember in the Mile High City: Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and Talib Kweli (as Black Star) will be swooping through the town this weekend, as will Drake on his Club Paradise Tour, featuring J.Cole, Waka Flocka, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Tyga and Meek Mill. Many rappers -- even with their individuality and differences in music, style, and crowd appeal -- tend to say the same (or very similar things) when they're on stage here. We've compiled a list of the top five things they in Denver about Denver.

5. "I know they said I was supposed to be here before..." Shows get shuffled around. It happens. Dates change, contracts are re-negotiated, people get shot. Eventually, though, the shows usually go on. From the re-scheduled Black Star show tonight to Tyga's last go at the Ogden, Denver has a pretty good track record when it comes to making good on dates. Let's hope this trend continues (Action Bronson, we're looking at you, sir).

4. "Denver is like my second home!" The one thing Denver offers that many other cities don't is a fiercely loyal crowd. If a 5280 audience fucks with your live show, then a 5280 audience fucks with your live show. Ask Tech N9NE, Method Man and Red Man and Talib Kweli, all of whom frequently play Denver shows to packed houses and party rocking fans.

3. "It's hard as hell to breathe up here..." Yes, Denver is, in fact, a mile high above sea level. Yes, sometimes it's hard to breathe, especially since artists typically don't have a lot of time to adjust to the air before hitting the stage. Drink your water, kids.

2. "Denver has the baddest bitches..." A stock statement used by nearly every artist looking to incite boobtacular behavior from brave ones in the crowd, it's surely a phrase that gets the people going. What with it being YOLO season and all, this weekend is no doubt to produce more flashes than a world of iPhone cameras can capture.

1. "The best weed in the whole world is found right here in Denver..." True story, obviously. Whereas in almost any city you can rattle off the top of your head, hip-hop artists would be thrown under the jail for having so much as a nugget of herb, here in Denver this practice is not only tolerated, it's encouraged. That's why Too $hort, Wiz Khalifa, Raekwon, Snoop Dogg and countless other rappers find themselves right at home in the Mile High City.

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