A Hip-Hop Party Guide to NBA All-Star Weekend 2015
In case you've been stuck in your seasonal brain freeze, the Annual NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us once again. This year, the star-studded festivities will take over the city of New York, and America's most populated town is ready to host, and more importantly, ready to party.
No matter what team you rep, All-Star Weekend is about way more than just a celebrity-soaked ball game. What started as a friendly exhibition game between the league's best in 1951 has snowballed into a ridiculously fun weekend of parties, contests, concerts and publicity stunts. Wedged in between a schedule of the usual Celebrity Game, Dunk-A-Thon and the crowning event, Sunday's All-Star Game, is a jam-packed calendar of events for everyone's turn up pleasure. And since hip-hop and sports practically go hand in hand, the catalog of rappers expected to attend Thursday through Sunday's extra-curriculars seems to grow by the day.
This is the first time in 17 years that All-Star Weekend will be held in the birthplace of hip-hop, so rappers, especially those hailing from the Tri-State area, are taking the turn up very seriously. But how do you decide which 'lituations' are actually worth attending?
That's where we come in with your day-by-day guide to All Star Weekend's best events. Click through to get your game plan right for the next four days of star-studded events.
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Roc City Classic Concert
Day/Time: Thursday, Feb. 12th at 8PM
Where It Is: Flatiron Plaza, Manhattan, outside the 40/40 Club
Who Will Be There: Kanye West, Jay Z, Kevin Durant and the rest of Roc Nation
What Is It: Roc Nation plans to kick off All-Star Weekend with a free outdoor concert.
Why You Need To Be There: With All-Star Weekend taking place in HOV's hometown, it's no surprise he wanted to be a big part of the action. In addition to this show featuring A-list celebs and working in conjunction with Ye's Yeezy Boost release, at Free.99, it's just about the cheapest way to catch a glimpse of the early influx of celebrities. Plus, an outdoor Kanye show sounds dope.
"Welcome To New York" Kick Off Party
Day/Time: Friday, Feb. 13th at 10PM
Place: Stage 48
Who Will Be There: Diddy, Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, Funk Flex
What It Is: Diddy's taking it upon himself to welcome you to his city. How kind.
Why You Need To Be There: Consider this the unofficial, official kick-off to the weekend, with plenty of Ciroc and reps from some of the city's biggest crews setting the party off right.
Funk Flex Sneaker and Lifestyle Expo
Day/Time: Saturday, Feb. 14th at noon
Where It Is: Stage 48
Who Will Be There: Funk Flex, Dipset (Cam’ron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, Freekey Zekey), Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Teyana Taylor, Swizz Beatz, DJ Khaled, Red Alert
What It Is: This four hour expo bills itself as an event where you can buy and sell the streetwear of your choice. As well as party with the likes of Dipset and The LOX, of course.
Why You Need To Be There: The celebs in attendance will be accessible. Plus, you can get a little shopping done for later. And who doesn't want to take their girl to chill with Dipset on Valentine's Day?
NBA All-Style Fashion Show
Day/Time: Saturday, Feb. 14th at 6:30PM
Where It Is: Hammerstein Ballroom
Who Will Be There: LeBron James, James Harden, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Chandler Parsons, Kevin Hart, Charles Barkley, hopefully Russell Westbrook
What It Is: An All-Star Week event that's a first of its kind, the Cleveland Cavs' LeBron James will execute a fashion show right in the middle of the busiest city in the world on the busiest weekend for fashion, considering New York Fashion Week is happening in the same time frame.
Why You Need To Be There: Getting tickets for this event will definitely require some maneuvering, but if you do get in, you'll get to see NBA stars like James Harden and Klay Thompson in a totally different element than we're all used to; off the court and down the runway.
All-Star Weekend Finale
Day/Time: Sunday, Feb 15th at 10PM
Place: Webster Hall
Who Will Be There: Nicki Minaj, Troy Ave, Jeezy, Meek Mill, Fabolous, Yo Gotti, DJ Drama, DJ Clue, DJ Envy and plenty more
What It Is: The most hip-hop-heavy wrap party of All-Star Weekend.
Why You Need To Be There: When the party is coming to an end, that's when people turn up the most. Don't miss out on the action. And don't worry about nursing a hangover; Monday, Feb. 16th is President's Day.
Let us know what events you plan to hit up this weekend in the comments below.