NEW YORK — In his effort to save three of the most endangered rhinoceros species, Marc Ecko will host the “Marc Ecko’s Save the Rhinos 2nd Annual Benefit Concert” here in Central Park next week.

Hip-hop artists Common, Rakim, Lupe Fiasco, DJ Z-Trip and Rhymefest, and DJ Kid Capri, plus surprise guests, will perform — rain or shine — in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield at 69th Street and Fifth Avenue on June 8.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the International Rhino Foundation as part of Marc Ecko and Ecko Unlimited’s financial commitment and partnership to double the populations of the Indian, black and Sumatran rhinos, among the planet’s most endangered species.

Last year’s concert, which featured hip-hop legends the Roots, De La Soul and Mos Def, as well DJ Premier and MF Doom, raised $150,000.

Tickets are $36 in advance and $40 the day of the event. They can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com.

This story first appeared in the June 1, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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