Performances


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“Peter Palooza” was back for a third year in a row as Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg celebrated his 35th birthday (sorry, Peter!) last week. This time around, Peter packed Times Square’s Best Buy Theater with some of the best names in indie rap, with Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Ab-Soul, Vic Mensa, Joell Ortiz, RetcH, G-Eazy and Chris Rivers, as well as ScHoolboy Q, all on the lineup for the wrestling-inspired concert.

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Drake gave Wiz Khalifa a warm welcome as his Under the Influence of Music tour rolled into Toronto last night. Joining the Taylor Gang rapper on stage at the Molson Amphitheatre, October’s Very Own treated the home crowd to a medley of hits, including “Trophies” and “Started From the Bottom,” while Wiz, like the every other soul in the building, went nuts. It looks like The 6 is more than ready for Drizzy’s OVO Fest next week.

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It’s the Joey Badass and Pro Era takeover live from London. While in the United Kingdom, Brooklyn’s own Badass stopped by Tim Westwood for the latest installment of “Crib Sessions.” With his trademark bucket hat and microphone in his hand, Joey dropped a few raps over HS87′s “Grindin My Whole Life,” Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone,” and Drake’s “0 To 100.”

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Common celebrated the release of his tenth solo album this week by visiting Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night. Serving as musical guest, the Chicago MC hit the AT&T Outdoor Stage to perform the songs “Blak Majik” with singer Jhené Aiko, and “Kingdom” with California-native Vince Staples.

Both songs can be found on Common’s Nobody’s Smiling LP, available now on iTunes.

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J. Cole’s “Dollar & a Dream” 2014 tour, celebrating the 5-year-anniversary of The Warm Up, pulled into the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles for two sold-out shows on Wednesday night. A few nights after bringing out Trey Songz in Miami, the Roc Nation rapper kept the surprises coming as close friend Drake joined him on stage during the first show. The face of OVO treated the packed crowd to a medley of songs including “Worst Behaviour,” “0 to 100,” and “Trophies” before emphatically stating“There’s only 2 kings in this shit right now, and they standing on this stage”.”

For the second show, J. Cole kept the impromptu guest appearances coming, as Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar hopped on stage for his own medley of songs including “Backseat Freestyle.”

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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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