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Lil Wayne seeking new Irish talent to open Dublin show

Aishling Phelan

Published 22/08/2013 | 11:40

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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2013 file photo, recording artist Lil Wayne meets fans and celebrates his contemporary street wear apparel brand TRUKFIT at his hometown Macy's, in New Orleans.  A letter from Lil Wayne to the offended family of Emmett Till did not go far enough and relatives of the late civil rights icon are seeking a meeting with the rapper and representatives from PepsiCo to discuss their commercial partnership. The New Orleans rapper made the brief offensive reference to Till on Future's song "Karate Chop" earlier this year.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
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Grammy-winning rap star Lil Wayne wants new Irish talent to open his Dublin show at the 02 in October.

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Wannabe Irish rappers can send a sample of their rapping into a competition to showcase their talent and possibly gain a slot opening for one of the world’s most successful rappers.

Frank Jez: The Big Urban Mix Show on FM104 is looking for submissions from local rappers who want to rap with Lil Wayne at his show on the 9th of October.

The top six acts will go through to a live final at the Hoodie Allen Show at The Academy in September.

The finalists get the chance to open for Hoodie Allen and the overall winner will go on to open for the main show with Lil Wayne.

The judging panel includes hip hop DJ’s Frank Jez, Kaila Troy, Ahmed and MCD’s Noel Mc Hale.

Entrants must record their best rap on video and upload to Youtube. The piece can be acappella or with backing instruments and can be solo or as part of a group.

To submit their entries they must private message the Youtube link to the FM104 Frank Jez Facebook page.

The five runners-up will all get a VIP package so they can hang out at the gig.

All six finalists will be announced on Frank Jez: The Big Urban Mix Show on Saturday the 31st of August.

The closing date for entries is the 30th of August at 5pm for those competing to share the stage with Lil Wayne. 

The New Orleans native rose to fame in 1996 when he joined southern hip hop group Hot Boys.

His debut studio album ‘Tha Block Is Hot’ was certified platinum.

His most successful album to date ‘Tha Carter III’ released in 2008, sold more than one million copies in the United States in its first week and won Best Rap Album at the Grammy Awards. 

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