De La Soul, Prince Paul, Rakim To Stage Benefit For Poetic

De La Soul, Prince Paul, Rakim, Das EFX, and Craig Mack have all agreed to perform at a special benefit concert being held on August 24 at Tramp's in New York City to raise funds for one of their hip-hop colleagues, Poetic.

Poetic, who has written and produced tracks for the Rza-side project, the Gravediggaz, was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year, and his representatives tell MTV that Poetic's condition has reached an extremely critical stage.

The money raised by next month's show will be used to pay for Poetic's continuing chemotherapy treatments, and spokespeople from the rapper's label indicate that a second benefit show for Poetic is currently being planned for September.