Contestants can take much in the way of inspiration from planned performances by established locals Keak Da Sneak, Big Rich, J. Stalin, Beeda Weeda, and even Lil Quinn (San Quinn's preteen son) on Saturday, July 4. Free BBQ starts at 7 p.m., $25; 510-904-8220 (VIP line), www.ozonemag.com.
Though based in Atlanta, Ozone Magazine and its supplemental publication, Ozone West, give more coverage to West Coast rap artists than almost any other magazines. Publisher Julia Beverly is continuing her birthday tour around the country by cosponsoring "I Wanna Get Famous," a showcase of aspiring Bay Area rap stars competing for a prize of $4,000 worth of publicity and music video services.
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