Nobody comes to the BET Hip Hop Awards for the BET Hip Hop Awards. Unless you're a big rap star or a card-carrying member of the bloggerati which pretty much includes everybody these days you probably don't stand a chance at getting into the actual event.
So here's a select roundup of some of the parties, after parties and after after parties taking place over the weekend. Get in where you fit in.
Wanda's Playhouse and Grown Women's Pajama Party Featuring male strippers Midnight, Temptation, Julian, Casino, Hot Boyz, Black Tye, Candyman, Mr. Cheeks, Romeo and Tastefull. Hosted by V-103's Wanda Smith. $20-$35. 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 9 and Sat., Oct. 10. Holiday Inn Select, 450 Capital Ave. 404-591-2000. www.ticketweb.com.
Friday nights with Frank Ski Featuring Biz Markie. $20 (price subject to change). 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Fri., Oct. 9. Luckie Food Lounge, 375 Luckie St. 404-525-5825. www.luckiefoodlounge.com.
BET Weekend Kickoff Hosted by Diddy. Ladies free before 11:30 p.m. ESSO, 1599 Memorial Dr. 404-378-1095. www.essoatl.com.
Splash Fridays With DJ Salah Ananse. 7 p.m.-until. Straits Restaurant, 793 Juniper St. 404-877-1283. www.straitsrestaurants.com.
The Remedy With Erick Sermon, Eddie F and Shakim. Utopia, 840 Marietta St. 404-898-8788. Call for price. www.utopiaatlanta.com.
Official BET After Party With Ray J, DJ Khaled, Slim Thug, Duro, Mike Epps and more. Ladies free before 11:30 p.m. ESSO, 1599 Memorial Dr. 404-378-1095. www.essoatl.com.
BET After Party With Diddy, Frank Ski, DJ Infamous. Ladies free before 11:30 p.m. Doors open at 10 p.m. Compound, 1008 Brady Ave. 404-872-4621. www.compoundatl.com.
Goodie Mob 10 p.m. Django's, 495 Peachtree St. 404-347-8648. Call for price. www.djangoatlanta.com.
BET Hip Hop Awards Grand Finale featuring Diddy (again!) and Ludacris. Ladies free before 11:30 p.m. Velvet Room, 3358 Chamblee Tucker Rd. 404-874-4460. www.velvetatl.com.
(We'll update throughout the weekend. Feel free to leave additional party info in comments.)
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