Concerts


nas fashawn

If you watched the documentary he released last week, you can’t help but to root for Fashawn. The Fresno, CA native has been up against it from a very early age and, despite making it onto the 2010 XXL Freshmen cover, was so disillusioned with the music industry he was ready to quit rap altogether. Which makes moments like these all the more special.

Fashawn celebrated the release of his long-awaited sophomore album The Ecology with a concert in L.A. last week, where he brought out Dom Kennedy, Aloe Blacc, Blu, Exile and Dilated Peoples. However, the biggest guest of the night was his new label boss Nas, who snuck into the venue and surprised Fash on stage. “I just came here to support one of the nicest n****s that I seen in the rap industry in a long time,” he told the crowd.

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travis scott fight

Young Thug and Travi$ Scott are both known to put on energetic performances, but things got a little out of hand at the pair’s recent tour stop in Tucson, AZ after a fan attempted to fight the G.O.O.D. Music rapper.

As we can just about make out in the shaky footage below, a man approaches Scott (wearing red pants) in the venue following the show and starts swinging on him. It looks like the rapper managed to dodge most of the punches and even lands a right hook himself before security apprehended the fan (and by that I mean chokeslammed him).

Tensions continued to boil over as Travi$ is seen trying to stomp the guy, but it looks like he walked away unharmed. Travi$ and Thugga’s Rodeo tour pulls into Denver tonight, where it’s safe to assume things will be a little more chilled out.

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The European invasion by Kanye West continued this week with a last-minute surprise concert at KOKO in London, England on Tuesday. Tickets for the show sold out within minutes of being announced on Ticketmaster UK.

Along with running through songs from his illustrious career, Kanye shared the spotlight on stage in London. Big Sean, Raekwon, CyHi The Prynce, Vic Mensa and Grime MCs Skepta, JME, Novelist and Meridian Dan all joined Kanye in rocking the capacity crowd at KOKO. In addition to performing “All Day” and “Wolves,” Kanye assisted Vic Mensa with debuting a new song called “U Mad,” set to appear on Mensa’s upcoming solo project.

Check out footage from the epic night below.

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Chris Brown and Trey Songz’ “Between the Sheets” tour pulled into Atlanta’s Phillips Arena on Monday night. The sold-out show turned out to be one for the ages, as the R&B stars called on a star-studded list of friends to join them on stage.

The biggest star of them all, R. Kelly, appeared on stage to perform a medley of “12 Play,” “Bump N’ Grind,” the “Ignition” remix, and more. Another R&B legend, Keith Sweat, showed he hasn’t lost a step singing his ’90s hit “Nobody.” After a trip down memory lane, it was time for today’s new faces to rock out, as B.o.B (“Not For Long”), T.I. (“2 Reasons”), Future (“Commas”), Jeezy (“Dey Know”), YG (“My Hitta”), Fabolous (“Say Ahhh”), Yo Gotti (“F**k U”), OG Maco (“U Guessed It”), and Que (“Too Much”) all appeared on stage.

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dipset

The mighty Diplomats began their “Pledge of Allegiance” North American tour at B.B. King in New York City on Tuesday night. Funkmaster Flex, Troy Ave, Fetty Wap, and Chris Webby served as opening acts before the Harlem crew rocked the sold-out crowd. For the first-time live, Cam’ron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones and Freekey Zekey performed their new singles “Have My Money” and “Do Something,” off their upcoming reunion project that drops following the tour.

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kendrick

Kendrick Lamar has been announced as one of the headlining acts for the upcoming 2015 Essence Festival. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige, will also be co-headlining the event.

“From first-time Festival performer Kendrick Lamar to return appearances from fan favorites like Kevin Hart, Common and Mary J. Blige, the ESSENCE Festival offers the definitive entertainment and cultural experience for our passionate ESSENCE community every Fourth of July weekend,” said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks.

More performing artists will be announced shortly.

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Drake is coming to a theatre near you for one-night only on March 19. October’s Very Own memorable homecoming concert at Toronto’s Sound Academy in 2009 is now coming to life via a short-film. Titled Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage, the film will hit selected AMC Theatres next month, featuring commentary from the man himself, along with Bun B and Jas Prince. The concert features performances of songs off Drake’s stellar mixtapes: So Far Gone and Comeback Season.

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roc city classic

Yeezy Season continues as Thursday has already been a busy one for Kanye West. Just hours after unveiling his first-ever collection with adidas, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper-producer-designer is set to perform at Roc Nation’s 1st annual Roc City Classic. Hosted by Kevin Durant, Kanye will takeover a stage in the heart of Manhattan’s Flat Iron District. Courtesy of Life + Times and YouTube, stream the show live below starting at 8 p.m. EST.

UPDATE: Watch the full show below featuring G.O.O.D. Music’s 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Pusha T, Travi$ Scott, and special guest Fetty Wap.

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big-sean

Big Sean’s busy Grammy Weekend in L.A. started on Friday night, hosting a listening session for his upcoming Dark Sky Paradise album (Feb. 24) in front of music indsutry execs and members on the media. On Saturday, the Detroit rapper rubbed shoulders with Kanye West, Jay Z, Nas, and others during Roc Nation’s annual Pre-GRAMMY brunch in Beverly Hills, before headlining Yahoo! Live’s concert series later that night.

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NBA All-Star Weekend is fast approaching and the Roc plans to takeover. Roc Nation has announced Kanye West will perform a free concert in the heart of New York City for the first annual Roc City Classic.

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