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Jay-Z Replacing Beastie Boys at APW

Jay-Z Replacing Beastie Boys at APW

The Beastie Boys cancelled all scheduled tour date in light of member Adam Yauch’s tragic cancer diagnosis. These cancellations included next weekend’s second annual All Points West music festival in Jersey City, across the river from Lower Manhattan. The NYC trio was to be the headliner for the Opening Night of the three-day festival. Bummer to see them drop-out, but everyone understood. Still, the slot needed to be filled. But, by whom? How can you substitute The Beastie Boys at a hometown fest? All of us with tickets were fearing the worst. However, I gotta hand it to the APW organizers, because they pulled off something amazing. A fellow NYC hip-hop icon will take their spot: Jay-Z. The best MC (sometimes) working today, and a New York legend, is gonna headline Day One of the festival. The crowd goes wild.

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