Performances


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Miguel’s brand new album WILDHEART hit stores officially on Tuesday. To promote the new LP, the R&B singer appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, serenading the studio audience with the single “Coffee.”

Before touching the stage, Miguel would surprise an unsuspecting customer with an impromptu performance of the sensual record. The Grammy Award winner made his way to New York City early Tuesday, appearing on Good Morning America to do the record live on morning television.

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The 2015 BET Awards invaded the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Co-hosted by actor-comedian Anthony Anderson and actress Tracee Ellis Ross, the 15th anniversary show featured memorable performances by Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Meek Mill and Big Sean, plus tributes to pop icon Janet Jackson, the legendary Smokey Robinson, and a special Bad Boy Records reunion with Puff Daddy, Ma$e, Faith Evans, Lil’ Kim and more.

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One of music’s largest festivals was invaded by Yeezus on Saturday, as Kanye West headlined Day 2 of Glastonbury. Taking to the Pyramid Stage in Glastonbury, England, Kanye delivered an electric two-hour show in front of thousands despite a petition signed by 134,000 people demanding the rapper-designer be pulled from the 45th annual festival.

Along with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, another unexpected guest appeared on stage last night. Ten minutes into the show, a random concertgoer, later identified as comedian Simon Brodkin (better known as character Lee Nelson), crashed the stage during “Black Skinhead.” Wearing a white t-shirt that said “Lee-zus,” Brodkin was quickly dragged off stage by security.

Kanye’s more recent songs “All Day,” “FourFiveSeconds,” and “Only One” were performed live, plus a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” before leaving and returning for an encore. Watch Kanye’s full set at Glastonbury 2015 below.

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One of the world’s biggest music festivals, Glastonbury 2015, kicked off this weekend in Glastonbury, England. The three-day celebration features performances from Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Run the Jewels, Florence + The Machine, SBTRKT, Jamie xx, fka Twigs and more. Hitting the Pyramid stage on Saturday evening was Pharrell Williams, who used the moment to debut his upcoming new single “Freedom” for the first-time. The music icon had thousands clapping along to the empowering anthem.

The song and video for “Freedom” will world premiere on Apple Music, when the new streaming service platform launches on June 30.

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troy-ave

The last time Troy Ave paid a visit to Sway In The Morning, the rapper made news for getting exposed by Sway after hiding his phone behind a water bottle during a freestyle. The BSB artist returned to the scene of the crime on Thursday, with no phone, freestyling off the top to Tupac Shakur’s “Hail Mary.”

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Over on the west coast, Vic Mensa stopped by The Cruz Show on Power 106 L.A. this week. Catching up with J-Cruz, the Roc Nation rapper took part in #BreakfastBars, where he rapped over a handful of classic Ice Cube records. The Chicago native also took time to discuss traveling to Amsterdam, and one crazy edible trip he had while in Los Angeles.

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The 2015 XXL Freshmen freestyles series wraps up on Friday, before it comes to an end, OG Maco steps up to the mic. The ATLien, who broke out in 2014 with his “U Guessed It” anthem, proves once again he is more than a catchy viral hit.

[The Freshman cover is] legendary. It lasts forever. No matter what, you come back, you come to this year, I’m here. And whatever’s written, it’s there. It never changes, no matter what. Even if I never become a $100 million artist—which I don’t see how I wouldn’t—but if by some weird chance I don’t, at least I was this. I was the pinnacle of this level, right now. It’s affirmation; I don’t think it boosts [my confidence], and if it’s confirming it you got so low self-esteem. So I think it affirms it.

Watch the freestyle and profile video below.

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It was all about the youth of Chicago, as Chance the Rapper held the first annual Teens In The Park (T.I.P.) Festival at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion on Wednesday. Free of charge, the event co-hosted by the City of Chicago was a celebration of arts, music and dance, lead by a free concert by Chance the Rapper. During the show, the hometown hero brought out surprise guest Kendrick Lamar to join him on stage, delivering a short medley set.

Check out the Windy City-L.A. connection below.

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King Los’ God Money War album hit stores today worldwide. Returning to Sway In The Morning, Los stepped up to the challenge for a second time, doing the “5 Fingers of Death.”

Over classic instrumentals by Nas, The Notorious B.I.G. and more, watch as King Los destroys each beat while being given random subjects to speak on.

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tink

The XXL Freshmen 2015 freestyle series is now into week two. Up next is Chicago sensation Tink, who delivers a beautiful blend of soul and sharp lyricism during her freestyle performance. Below she speaks on how it’s an honor to grace this year’s cover.

“I don’t take it lightly. There’s been people on this cover that people slept on and maybe when [people] saw their face, they didn’t know who they were, but then three years after they became the biggest thing ever. Like Kendrick and Big Sean and Macklemore. I look at that as my motivation.”

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