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Common’s mother says Ahh Fest special guest name begins with K

Musicians Common and Kanye Wwest present the awards for “Best Rap Album” at the Grammy Awards in 2007. | Kevin Winter~Getty Images

Common’s mother Dr. Mahalia Hines spoke to Dean Richards on WGN this morning about Aahh Fest in Union Park this weekend.

Hines told Richards that the special guest this weekend has a name that begins with K. Could it be Kanye?

A quick check on Kanye West’s touring schedule has open dates. His last show was Sept. 15 in Brisbane, Australia.

Aahh Fest also looks to have a hefty lineup, with acts including Jay Electronica, De La Soul, Lupe Fiasco, MC Lyte and Lil Herb. An “early show” will be curated by Rhymefest and includes Diggy Simmons (the rising star son of Rev. Run from Run DMC.) The Aahh Fest organizers earlier this year announced a joint youth job initiative. Proceeds from the fest are expected to benefit the Common Ground Foundation, Donda’s House and Arts Education in Chicago Public Schools.


Dave Chapelle will serve as the event’s emcee.


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• Review: Common’s new album “Nobody’s Smiling” bridges a gap and offers a surprising showcase of Chi-town hip hop

• Rhymefest stays close to his roots