Drake and Lil’ Wayne are facing off this summer. The two rap heavyweights will go to battle in their “Drake vs. Lil’ Wayne” summer tour. Presented by Capcom, October’s Very Own, and Young Money, a 36-second trailer prepares music lovers for an epic battle as Drizzy takes on the role of “Protégé,” while Weezy turns into the animated character “Sage.”

Kicking off on August 8 in Buffalo, New York, the 31-date amphitheater tour will make stops in cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Pittburgh, New York City, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Head to Ticketmaster to purchase tickets, and watch the trailer below.

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J. Cole’s “Dollar and a Dream” 2014 tour pulled into Miami’s Grand Central on Friday night. Returning to the stage for an encore performance, Cole World was joined by special guest Trey Songz, where they performed their Cole World: Sideline Story single “Can’t Get Enough.” The tour, a celebration of The Warm Up‘s 5-year-anniversary, pulls into Cole’s home state of Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday.

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Previously: J. Cole Announces Second Annual ‘Dollar & A Dream’ Tour

Last night, J. Cole and the Dreamville family took control of the Highline Ballroom in New York City for the latest stop on his Dollar & A Dream tour. With kids waiting in line since 11AM for the 7PM show, the place was beyond packed and the energy level was out of control. Newcomers Bas and Coss warmed up the crowd before Jermaine exploded onto the stage in honor of the 5-year anniversary of The Warm Up. Throughout his set, Cole performed the majority of the tape with just as much hunger as when it first dropped. VIBE was on hand to capture the footage.

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The 2014 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival closed out with a bang on Saturday afternoon. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year’s event put on by Brooklyn Bodega was headlined by Raekwon and Jay Electronica. For Jay Electronica, the Roc Nation MC was accompanied by members of the F.O.I. (Fruit of Islam) and a few big guests.

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Slim Shady invades England. Eminem made history on Friday night, becoming the first rapper ever to headline a show at London’s legendary Wembley Stadium. The Detroit MC followed opening sets from Danny Brown and Odd Future with a 90-minute set at the 90,000 capacity venue, opening the show with “Bad Guy” off his latest multi-platinum The Marshall Mathers LP 2 album.

The 41-year-old ran through past favorites such as “Without Me,” “Real Slim Shady,” and “Stan,” plus more recent songs like “Love the Way You Lie,” “Rap God,” “Berzerk,” and his latest hit-song “The Monster.” Em didn’t come without a surprise, as Dr. Dre joined him on stage for a medley of “Still D.R.E.,” “Next Episode,” “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” and “Forgot About Dre.”

Eminem will return for a second show at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night.

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Jay Z and Beyoncé and returning to HBO this fall. Music’s hottest couple are bringing their collaborative “On the Run” tour to the cable network. Called ON THE RUN TOUR: BEYONCÉ AND JAY Z, the television concert will feature a taping of shows on Sept 12 and 13 at the Stade de France in Paris. The special will feature the two superstars performing over 40 songs from their solo catalogues, along with a handful of collaborations including their latest hit “Drunk In Love.”

This is a major musical event that belongs on HBO,” says HBO’s President of Programming Michael Lombardo. “It’s going to be a night to remember.” The couple’s relationship with HBO runs strong as Jay Z debuted Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film back in August 2013, while Beyoncé premiered her Life is But a Dream documentary last February, and appears in BEYONCÉ: X10, a ten-episode series of concert performances that debuts every Sunday night before True Blood.

A press release does not indicate when in September the concert special will air. UPDATE: Check out the official trailer below. UPDATE: HBO announces the special will air on September 20 at 9pm EST.

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Jay Z, The Roots, fun., Carrie Underwood, Tiesto and No Doubt, who will be giving their first performance in two years, have been announced as the headliners for this year’s Global Citizen Festival, which takes place at New York’s Central Park on September 27. The one-day charity event comes in support of Global Citizen’s mission to end extreme poverty by the year 2030. You can either buy tickets on Ticketmaster, or enter a draw to win tickets by taking part in Global Citizen’s efforts. Details here.

Says Jay Z of performing at the Global Citizen Festival:

Change only takes place when and where there is action. I’m joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible.

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2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam

As many Americans got the fireworks show going, Nicki Minaj celebrated Independence Day at the Philly 4th of July Jam in Philadelphia on Friday night. Presented live on television and online by VH1, the evening featured performances from The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, and Aloe Blacc.

Dressed in black leather sweatpants with a eye-catching black and gold bra top, Minaj got the party started with “Super Bass.” With a live band and back up singers supporting her, Minaj’s 20-minute set included current songs (“Pills N Potions,” “Yasss Bish!!”), past street cuts (“Did It On ‘Em,” “Beez in the Trap”), and uplifting favorites to close our her show (“Freedom,” “Moment 4 Life”).

The appearance caused pandemonium as security had trouble holding back thousands of screaming fans back at Nicki’s hotel, which she captured and posted on Instagram.

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The 2014 Wireless Festival kicked off on Friday afternoon at London’s Finsbury Park. The first day included performances from headliner Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Tinie Tempah, and Iggy Azalea. Running through songs off her debut album The New Classic, Azalea took advantage of the moment in front of the U.K. crowd to bring out a special surprise. Her new BFF Rita Ora hopped on stage, as the two performed their collaboration “Black Widow” for the first-time live.

Earlier in the week, Iggy’s hit-song “Fancy” made Billboard history as the longest leading No. 1 record by a female artist on the Hot 100 charts. Six straight weeks at No. 1, the Charli XCX-featured song surpasses Lil’ Kim’s five-week reign with her appearance on “Lady Marmalade” back in 2001.

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Due to an unknown illness, Drake has officially cancelled his 2014 Wireless Festival this weekend. The annual UK concert features the likes of Pharrell, Outkast, J. Cole, Rudimental, Iggy Azalea, Wiz Khalifa, ScHoolboy Q, and many more this year. However, the good news is that Kanye is set to replace Drizzy as a headliner and the event will still kick off on Friday as scheduled. In a statement, Drake cited doctor’s orders as the main reason why he is choosing to cancel the gig.

“To my beloved fans, it truly breaks my heart that I won’t be able to perform as planned at Wireless and Roskilde this weekend. I got sick a few days ago and although I am on my way to bouncing back, my doctors have made it clear that I am not physically fit to fly or deliver the performance my fans expect and deserve from me. I will be focused on resting for a quick recovery. I have the best fans in the world and I can’t wait to come back to make more incredible memories together.”

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