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Lil Yachty to play halftime at Atlanta Hawks game against Washington Wizards


Lil Yachty will take to the court at halftime during the Jan. 27 Atlanta Hawks game at Philips Arena.

The burgeoning hip-hop star , a product of Pebblebrook High School, was recently named to the Forbes 2017 class of “30 Under 30” and has released a pair of mixtapes, including “Summer Songs 2” in July.

He joins the list of Atlanta music stars who have played during Hawks games the past three seasons, including 2 Chainz, T.I., Jeezy, Ludacris and Gucci Mane.

“I grew up in Atlanta, so it’s very exciting to take the stage at Philips Arena, especially during a Hawks game,” Lil Yachty said in a statement. “The Hawks are really connecting with a younger fan base, so I think collaborating with the team for a halftime performance is a natural fit for both of us.”

The game against the Washington Wizards begins at 8 p.m. Lil Yachty’s performance will be televised on Fox Sports Southeast and streamed live on Fox Sports GO.

Tickets are available now at, including an option with a $10 food and beverage credit.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and entertainment news for print and online.