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Cashing in: Lil Weezyana Fest and U.N.L.V. 

A night of dueling New Orleans rap history Aug. 25

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The small Venn diagram overlap of multiverse theorists and hip-hop heads will have a ball with Friday's convergence of Cash Money players-turned-haters. Three hours and eight CBD blocks apart, two concerts will trace a winding parallel history of the definitive New Orleans rap label, which grew out of area housing projects into a $300 million behemoth (with past and present legal complaints levied by at least two of the evening's participants). Champions Square hosts the third iteration of Lil Wayne's (pictured) star-studded Lil Weezyana Fest, whose inaugural event in 2015 commemorated the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a Hot Boys reunion, a Drake cameo and a second line of local gods and goddesses (DJ Jubilee, Master P, Ms. Tee), and whose 2016 follow-up ended with Weezy putting the bird in Birdman ("F—k Cash Money"). Just as Wayne is hyping his latest surprise guest, a smaller gathering down the street will be doing the Eddie Bauer with PxMxWx — the Iberville crew whose 1993 release Legalize "Pass tha Weed" introduced the world to Mannie Fresh's Midas production — and dragging Mystikal in the river with relaunched Uptowners U.N.L.V. The question is, which show does Fresh attend? If Fresh hustles, he just might make it to both. Lil Weezyana Fest tickets are $49.50-$195. Circle Bar tickets $10 in advance, $20 at the door.


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