Charlamagne Tha God has been stirring up controversy ever since his days as a popular shock jock on Columbia, S.C., station 103.9-FM.But he's reached new heights in infamy as one of New York's Power 105.1-FM "The Breakfast Club" radio personalities.In his short time there, Charlamagne has infuriated both Busta Rhymes and Nelly, been punched in the head on camera by embittered thugs, and provoked rival station Hot 97 to launch a campaign against him. Strangely, he's not even hosting this roundup of Triangle rap giants.Instead, up-and-coming Durham comedian Bishop Omega will do the honors, while Charlamagne gets to kick back and enjoy N.C. hip-hop at its finest.
Unless Charlamagne starts some drama, the biggest story of the night should surround Durham veteran emcee Jozeemo's imminent retirement from rap to full-time Alamance Community College student and father of seven children. He'll be leaving with pride, thanks to his most recent LP, the peppery True Identity, and passing the baton to the next generation of Durham roughhousers, Wreck-N-Crew. Triangle anchorsRapper Big Pooh and Kaze help headline; Pooh is continuing his solo march with the upcoming Fat Boy Fresh Vol. 2 project, while Kaze (aka "Black Kennedy") is taking his top-shape grind to the next stage. —Eric Tulllis