Performances


The mighty Wu-Tang Clan made their return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (Apr. 24). The promote their upcoming Of Mics and Men documentary set to premiere next month, the legendary Staten Island group performed their timeless classic “Triumph” on the late-night show.

Directed by Sacha Jenkins, the four-part documentary is an in-depth look at the iconic group’s journey and celebrates the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Produced by Mass Appeal, Of Mics and Men airs Friday, May 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.

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The third and final day during weekend two of Coachella 2019 kicked with a plenty of soul, thanks to Kanye West. The rapper/designer brought his ‘Sunday Service’ ritual to the iconic music festival, performing on top of a mountain built on the Empire Polo Club campgrounds on Sunday morning (Apr. 21). During the near 90-minute show, a live choir, band and dancers performed covers of records from West’s discography. Gospel songs by Kirk Franklin and Shirley Caesar, plus classics by Otis Redding, Soul II Soul and The Clark Sisters were also done. Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign and Teyana Taylor also make appearances, along with DMX who delivered a live prayer.

Kanye used the must-watch moment to debut a new track, called “Water.” The record, which West performed with Ant Clemons, may potentially be a preview of the rapper’s forthcoming studio album Yandhi. Hear the premiere below.

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The second weekend of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival is currently taking place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Kid Cudi made his return to the Sahara stage on Saturday night (Apr. 20), opening his near hour-long set with a few guests. Like his performance during weekend one, the first portion of Cudi’s set was a medley of songs from his collaborative Kids See Ghosts album. Joining him last night was was Kanye West, who performed the songs “Feel The Love, “4th Dimension” “Father Stretch My Hands (Pt. 1),” and “Reborn” with Cudder.

The duo were later joined by Ty Dolla $ign (“Free”), and G.O.O.D. Music’s 070 Shake (“Ghost Town”) who experienced mic difficulties during her appearance. Kanye’s surprise cameo comes ahead of his much-anticipated ‘Sunday Service’ performance on Coachella, taking place on Sunday (Apr. 21) at 12 p.m. EST.

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Teyana Taylor brought her soulful voice, style, and creative mind to The Ellen Show this week. Appearing as musical guest, the Harlem singer/actress/designer performed the songs “Issues” and “Hold On” off her KTSE sophomore album. For the performance, TT turns Ellen’s stage to the classic Soul Train studio. With a throwback, groovy feel, watch Teyana’s appearance below.

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Blood Orange released his Negro Swan LP back in August of last year. The versatile musician appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday (Apr. 16), where he served as musical guest. For the Stage 56 audience, Blood Orange performed a medley of “Something to Do” and “Dark & Handsome.” With the union jack flag by his side, watch him perform in a park setting below.

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Days after speaking at the funeral for his late friend Nipsey Hussle, YG took the stage at Coachella 2019 on Sunday night (Apr. 14). Taking to the Sahara Tent on Day 3, the Compton rapper performed with a heavy heart, dedicating the set to his frequent collaborator. Tributes to Nipsey Hussle were played throughout YG’s 54-minute set, including the opening and a moment of silence. Along with running through a ever growing catalogue of hits, YG announced his new album is set to drop on May and debuted a new track called “Stop Snitching.”

The on-stage party and celebration which YG renamed Boachella, also came with some surprises. Tyga was the first guest of the night, appearing for “Bit**es Ain’t Sh*t” and his own smash-hit “Taste.” For the finale, YG closed out a rocking show with his DJ Mustard-produced banger “Big Bank,” with Mustard, 2 Chainz and Big Sean all hopping on stage to deliver their verses. Watch YG’s full Boachella set below.

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On Thursday night (Apr. 11), Drake closed out the last of a seven-night run in London on his “Assassination Vacation” European tour with Tory Lanez. For the final show at London’s O2 Arena, the OVO star came with a huge surprise as J. Cole came out on stage to perform the song “Middle Child.”

I can’t wait to make some new music with you,” said Drake to Cole World following the performance. “I know we been working, I can’t wait to let these people hear it,” the 6 God continued, teasing the sold-out crowd that new music from the pair is on the way. Watch the moment below.

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Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers joined forces to form the collective, Beast Coast. With a collaborative project on the way, the New York-based crews started the campaign off with the single “Left Hand” last month. On Wednesday (Apr. 10), Beast Coast appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where they performed the song for the first-time together. The group follow that up with another record, releasing the song “Coast/Clear.” Featuring Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, and Issa Gold, stream it below.

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2 Chainz is over on the west coast promoting his latest album, Rap Or Go To The League, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The Atlanta rapper appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday (Apr. 8) where he touched the outdoor stage for a medley. Along with his current single “Rule the World,” 2 Chainz performed the song “NCAA.”

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Earlier this year, Ally Brooke released her debut single “Low Key” featuring Tyga. The former Fifth Harmony singer appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden where she performed the record for the first-time on late-night television. T-Raww makes a cameo to deliver his verse as the pair are backed up by dancers and drummers. Watch their appearance below.

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