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While Kanye West was busy performing with A$AP Rocky and racing Tyler, The Creator at Coachella, something pretty amazing happened with his catalog at the Aratani Theatre in nearby Los Angeles over the weekend. On Saturday night (April 16), the Young Musicians Foundation hosted a concert billed as “Yeethoven,” which saw them pair six classic compositions from Ludwig van Beethoven with six cuts from Kanye’s Yeezus LP — and the results might just surprise you.

Led by conductor Yuga Cohler, the 70-piece orchestra performed almost an hour’s worth of mash-up masterpieces, blending “Hold My Liquor” with “Symphony No.5, op. 67,” “New Slaves” with “Overture to Egmont, op. 84″ and “On Sight” with “String Quartet No. 14,” which produced a standing ovation to close out the concert.

Best case scenario: classical musical snobs finally warm to Kanye’s music. Worst case scenario: Kanye adds Beethoven to his list of famous people he compares himself to — right behind Steve Jobs and Walt Disney, of course.

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The forthcoming 2016 Brooklyn Bodega Hip-Hop Festival just announced some big names as Nas, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, Rapsody and house DJ Rob Swift have been confirmed to perform this year — hosting duties will be handled Ralph McDaniels and Torae.

NYC’s annual festival will run over a four day period (July 13-16) with different cultural, arts, music and cinema events all included during the run. The concert is going down right under the Brooklyn Bridge in a new park that will be called the BK Bridge Plaza.

Stay tuned for more performers to be revealed in the upcoming days.

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Phife Dawg is being honored by his friends, fans and family today in his home borough of Queens. Starting at 10:30 AM today (Apr 4), a special surprise event in the late Tribe Called Called’s member honor — simply known as “The Celebration of Phife” — is set to spread the good vibrations at St. Albans Park. Also, the first 200 attendees have been promised something special.

For anyone in the New York City area, here are directions on how to get to St. Albans park.

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The rumors are true: Puff Daddy and the Family are getting back together for one night only this May. Diddy has announced a special Bad Boy reunion concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on May 20, what would have been Biggie’s 44th birthday.

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Justin Bieber’s “Purpose World Tour” pulled into L.A.’s Staples Center for the first of three nights on Sunday (Mar. 21). The pop heartthrob decided to call in a few favors, the first being G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean, who joined Bieber to perform their Purpose collaboration “No Pressure.” The surprises didn’t end there, as Chance the Rapper also touched the stage to do his guest verse on Justin’s “Confident.”

Thank you La and thank u @BigSean and @chancetherapper for joining me on stage tonight. #PurposeTourLosAngeles,” tweeted the 21-year-old to his 77 million followers after the show.

The 5-month North American trek runs through the spring and summer, wrapping up Jul. 18 at Madison Square Garden in NYC.

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The world was recently introduced to a new basketball tournament only fit for the rawest athletes around. It’s not quite streetball — and definitely isn’t the NBA — but the competition might trump both.

Last week in NYC, Fightball rocked the Big Apple and is now coming back for the $100,000 championship finale. Since the event isn’t open to all, is offering 2 two tickets for our readers. We’ll pick two people at random for our official Fightball Ticket Giveaway. And, it gets better, there will be several surprise performances!

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One of the first major SXSW 2016 concerts has just been announced for the annual music festival. On March 19th, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, Killah Priest, Bae God, Tragedy Khadafi & more will all be performing on the first Wu-Goo Takover concert.

Event details and ticket purchase info is available here.

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The 2016 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival returns to Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee from June 9-12. The lineup for this year’s four-day festival was announced by Conan O’Brien on Tuesday night’s airing of Conan. Pearl Jam, Dead & Company, and the reunited LCD Soundsystem will serve as headliners this year.

J. Cole, Miguel, Tyler, the Creator, Vince Staples, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Big Grams, HAIM, Tame Impala, Post Malone, and others are also set to perform, with more artists being added to the lineup in the coming months.

Back in 2015, Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, Flying Lotus, Freddie Gibbs, and Jamie xx were notables who made the festival last year. Tickets for Bonnaroo 2016 go on sale this Friday, January 22 at 12 p.m. EST.

Check out the full lineup below.

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Harlem’s A$AP Mob pays tribute to the late A$AP Yams with a special concert celebrating his life. On the one-year anniversary of his untimely death, A$AP Rocky and A$AP Mob present the first annual Yams Day concert. Held at New York City’s Terminal 5, the show will include performances by A$AP Mob, Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, Lil’ Uzi Vert, Danny Brown, Bodega Bamz, and many more special guests.

For those that couldn’t make it to the sold-out show, A$AP Worldwide teams up with Yahoo! and Live Nation to stream the event. Watch the full concert below (or click here).

Update: Video of the stream is now available.

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Last month, various clips of Kendrick Lamar’s performance at Austin City Limits released online leading up to its broadcast premiere this past weekend on CBS. Now, following the airing on Saturday night, fans can enjoy K. Dot’s full one-hour set.

Backed by Wesley’s Theory, Kendrick ran through a selection of tracks off his critically-acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly and good kid, m.A.A.d city LPs. Records such as “For Free?,” “Backseat Freestyle,” “These Walls,” “u,” “i,” and “Alright” are performed.

Courtesy of PBS, watch the full concert below.

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