Fans of early 2000s hip hop will be in their glory as a couple of big names have announced they are coming to New York!

If you spent any time doing the nightclub thing back in the early 2000s, at one time or another you probably danced to or sang along to a song by one of the decade's biggest rappers. It was sometime in 2000 when I first heard the song "Put It On Me" by Ja Rule and ever since then I have always enjoyed some of his songs, especially around this time of the year. If you are like me and have a secret love for the late 90s, early 2000s hip hop I found an event that looks like it's going to be fun.

Taste of Toga Festival

It's official!! The inaugural Taste of Toga festival is happening and it's promising to pack quite the entertainment punch! Taste of Toga is set to kick off on Saturday, September 23rd at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds located at 162 Prospect St, Ballston Spa, NY, with live music throughout the day. On the music side, the event will be headlined by Ja Rule and Ashanti, with more artists to be announced soon according to News 10.

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Ja Rule & Ashanti in Saratoga, New York

Ja Rule is a rapper from New York City that skyrocketed to fame in the early 2000s with songs like "Livin' It Up" and "Mesmerize". Co-Headliner Ashanti is a singer, songwriter, and actress who also rose to fame around 2002 after she was featured on Ja Rule’s song "Always on Time." She is also known for songs like "Foolish", "Rock Wit U" and "Happy".

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Taste of Toga Food

The festival will also feature a taste of Saratoga (Taste of Toga, get it?....LOL) with a ton of food from restaurants around Saratoga County including:

Bookmakers Restaurant and Lounge, Saratoga Springs
The Country Corner Cafe, Saratoga Springs
Nanola, Malta
Nashville of Saratoga, Saratoga Springs
The District at 43 Phila, Saratoga Springs

Taste if Toga tickets go on sale Friday, June 23rd, and can be bought online through the festival's website.

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