By Rob Markman
HOUSTON, TEXAS — NBA All-Star Weekend 2013 is in full-swing and while the NBA’s biggest and brightest have invaded Houston, the city’s biggest rap personalities are ready to represent as well.
“Expect for Friday, Saturday and Sunday to just be crazy. More than anything I just want to let people know from Houston know it’s an opportunity for us to get out there,” Kirko Bangz told MTV News on Friday after he interviewed with Sway Calloway for his Shade 45 “Sway in the Morning” radio show. “If you from H-Town get out there and get ya shine on.”
Kirko’s battle-cry hasn’t gone unheard. Since Thursday hip-hop’s marquee names have been celebrating the city, and it’s not just Houston natives either. So far out of towners like Nas, Fabolous, Meek MIll, Jadakiss and DJ Drama have thrown parties and put on concerts alongside H-Town representors Scarface, Slim Thug, Trae tha Truth and Killa Kyleon.
The All-Star-themed bashes are just one facet of the weekend, artists like Bun B and Trae are ready to double their efforts and give back to their communities as well.
“My thing was to try to make sure that the chairty foundations were going to come down here and spread that money around,” Bun told us. “That’s the kind of thing that I think really goes unseen and unheard and untalked about All-Star Weekend. We hear about the parties and we hear about the celeberties and all of that, but there’s a lot of great companies and foundations that come to cities during All-Star Weekend and Super Bowl weekends and they do great work in these communities.”
Trae tha Truth is ready to do his part, over the last few days he has picked up both a mic and a hammer. On Friday H-Town’s King of the Streets hooked up with Habitat for Humanity and Houston Habitat to help build affordable housing for the city’s low-income famalies on Friday. “They say lead by example, so at the same time I like to show cats that it’s more than just going to the clubs, going out, because we’re gonna do that regardless,” he said wearing a white hard hat and heavy duty work gloves.
Slim Thug hopes that by the time Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant are done showcasing their skills during Sunday night’s big game, that all who have flocked to Houston will leave with a new appreciation for his beloved town. “Hopefully people who don’t know will understand our culture a little bit better,” he said.
Z-Ro has no doubt that they will. “It’s history being wrote right now,” he proclaimed.
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