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SXSW: Is Austin excited about Kanye West?

March 21, 2009 |  2:10 pm

Kanye_sxsw_kgks19nc_250 Superstar Kanye West will perform in Austin, Texas, tonight, appearing at an unofficial South by Southwest corporate-sponsored party. Pitched as a showcase for his GOOD Music, the event will showcase Kanye-associated rappers such as GLC and Consequence, as well as star-to-be Kid Cudi.

Billboard spread the rumor that Chi-Town pal Common would also be appearing, but when seeking confirmation on that, Pop & Hiss has received only quizzical looks and an "I don't think so." Although, for the record, we'd be happy to be proved wrong on this one.

West will perform at the popular Fader Fort, a long-running non-sanctioned SXSW event that doubles as a concert venue and a denim shop. It's free for those who RSVP'd before making the trek to Austin. Those who didn't? There's Craigslist. So what's the going rate for one of the world's most popular artists at SXSW? About $40 or $50, a fraction of what it would cost to see him on tour.

But one thing's for sure: Kanye will have the attention of nearly every journalist in Austin tonight. Here's hoping he makes the best of it, as the three-hour window in which he's scheduled to perform will be pulling attention away from the hundreds of artists aching for a piece of the spotlight.

Those not in Austin can stream it on Kanye's site.

-- Todd Martens

(Photo: Kanye West pictured at The Metropolitan Opera's 125th Anniversary Gala. Credit: Rob Loud /Getty Images)