Performances


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

The biggest night in sports in underway as the 2014 ESPYs take over Los Angeles. Celebrating the past year in athletic performances and achievement, this year’s event is hosted by Drake. Before the main show kicked off inside at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Iggy Azalea got the party started during the pre-show, where she performed her chart-topping single “Fancy.”

Previously:
Drake to Host the 2014 ESPY Awards
Diddy, Snoop Dogg, The Game & Nelly Attend the 2013 ESPYS (Photos)
Jay Pharoah Pokes Fun at Jay-Z & Roc Nation Sports at the 2013 ESPYS (Video)

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Nas gave his latest Mass Appeal Records recruit, Fashawn, a warm welcome while on tour in Europe earlier this week. With the ink still drying on his new deal, Esco brought out the Fresno, CA rhymer on stage during his recent stop in Cologne, Germany. Seizing the moment, Fash gave the crowd a preview of his upcoming The Ecology LP by spitting an a capella verse. His long-awaited album will finally see the light of day on September 30.

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Tuesday night’s episode of Conan featured the heavenly voice of Marsha Ambrosius serving as musical guest. With her sophomore LP Friends & Lovers in stores now, the R&B singer performed the new single off the album with “Run.” Available for purchase on iTunes now, you can also stream Marsha’s album in its entirety by clicking here.

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Jay Electronica promised to “burst the heavens open” with his performance at the 2014 BK Hip-Hop Festival on Saturday (July 12), and he did just that. Headlining the festival’s 10th edition alongside Raekwon, the Roc Nation rapper arrived with fellow members of the F.O.I. (Fruit of Islam), before bringing out Jay Z, J. Cole, Mac Miller and Talib Kweli onstage. To cap it all off, Hov even crowned Jay Elec with a Five-Percent chain in front of the crowd.

While we’ve already seen official footage of Jay Electronica’s set, the rapper decided to share his own photos on Twitter of candid moments with Jay Z, Mac Miller, Talib Kweli, CyHi The Prynce, Ty Ty and even his mother. Rumble young man, rumble.

UPDATE: Watch Jay Electronica’s interview with REVOLT below.

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Between Eminem’s history-making Wembley concert, Jay Z and Beyonce’s On The Run MetLife show and the Total Slaughter battle rap showdowns, it’s been a busy weekend for hip-hop fans across the globe. However, it looks like Brooklyn was the place to be yesterday.

As if being graced by the rare presence of Jay Electronica — who brought with him Jay Z, J. Cole and Mac Miller — wasn’t enough of a treat, Raekwon also headlined the 10th anniversary BK Hip-Hop Festival, and had his own surprise guests in tow. The Chef welcomed onstage Brooklyn’s own Troy Ave and Papoose, as well as the buzzing Bobby Shmurda, who performed his viral hit “Hot N***a.”

In case the likes of Bobby were too new school for the crowd (and, well, it looked like it), Rae catered to his old heads by also bringing out AZ and M.O.P.’s Lil Fame to perform “Life’s a Bitch” and “Ante Up,” respectively. That’s on top of his own solo classics like “Ice Cream” and “Incarcerated Scarfaces.”

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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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17-year-old singer Raury introduced himself to the world with the stunning “God’s Whisper” earlier this year, and while his output has been limited to just one song since then, he’s been making some major moves behind-the-scenes. Having been tapped to open for OutKast at their homecoming concert in Atlanta this September (Kid Cudi and Childish Gambino are also on the bill), Raury is looking to get in plenty of practice on the road before then.

Here’s a recap of the kid’s recent (and only second) live show at an Urban Outfitters store as part of his Anti Tour, featuring footage of both his performance and backstage antics, which includes hanging out with his adorable puppy.

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Whether you were in the MetLife Stadium or watching the livestream from the comfort of your own home, we all know 50 Cent’s performance at last month’s Hot 97 Summer Jam was memorable for more than just G-Unit’s historic reunion. While we’re still talking about what went down on stage that night, Hot 97 uploaded this official recap video of 50′s set, plus pre-show commentary from the man himself, where he talks about relishing the opportunity to get back up on the Summer Jam stage.

There’s no sighting of Slowbucks or his (stolen) chain, but you can revisit Curtis’ performances with Nas, Fabolous, Yo Gotti and, of course, Banks, Buck and Yayo.

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