The ten best hip-hop shows in Denver in August

AMERICA'S MOST WANTED FESTIVAL @ FIDDLER'S GREEN | FRI, 8/23/13 The America's Most Wanted Festival features some of the most talented and successful artists to come out of the South in a long time, including Lil Wayne, whose name speaks for itself and whose March album I Am Not a Human Being II has already gone gold, T.I., the self-described King of the South, who's riding high on the release of Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head and 2 Chainz, whose recent celebrity is only eclipsed by his huge personality. Opening the festival is G-Eazy, a rising star in his own right.

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SNOOP DOGG @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/23-8/24 It could be said that Snoop Dogg -- or is it Lion? We can never be sure these days -- is the coolest cat in all of hip-hop. His appeal is universal. His flow is smoother than molasses. His catalog, while not the model of consistency, holds some of the most anthemic tracks in rap history. When he performed last at Fiddler's Green, he would have blown the top off the place if it had one. At Dick's he will be playing second fiddle to Dave Matthews Band, but don't expect any less than a headlining effort. The show goes down a second time on Saturday, August 24.

CROOKED I @ ROXY THEATRE | SAT, 8/10/13 Crooked I began his career in California as an affiliate of Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger and other Death Row musicians in the late '90s/early aughts. This is perhaps where he first met Eminem, whose Shady Records imprint signed Slaughterhouse, the supergroup of which Crooked I is a member, alongside Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5'9. Crooked I comes to Denver in support of his latest solo effort, Apex Predator, which dropped earlier this week.

BIZZY BONE @ HERMAN'S HIDEAWAY | FRI, 8/2/13 Bone Thugs are probably the most unique group in rap history in that no other group has been successful doing what they do, which is singing and harmonizing at a high level, yet maintaining their credibility as not only hardcore rappers, but ones who are both lyrically gifted and technically vicious. Even without the group, though, Bizzy Bone, the group's youngest member, has found success on his own, peaking at number two with his 2001 album, The Gift.

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Noah Hubbell

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