Performances


Ice Cube’s 10th studio album, Everythangs Corrupt, dropped everywhere on Friday (Dec. 7). The artist/actor/mogul appeared as musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in celebration of his new project. Backed by The Roots, the West Coast rap legend performed the song “That New Funkadelic” for the first-time live. Featuring an appearance from Too $hort, buy the album on iTunes and watch the performance below.

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The 25th anniversary celebrations for Wu-Tang Clan’s seminal debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) continue as the legendary rap crew take part in NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. The bad news: Meth and Ghostface were nowhere to be seen. The good news: RZA, Raekwon, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, Cappadonna and U-God ran through a 20-minute medley of Wu bangas including “Triumph,” “Protect Ya Neck” and “C.R.E.A.M.”

ODB’s son, Young Dirty Bastard, was also on hand to take the performance up a few notches in a manner that would make his late father proud.

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Gucci Mane is getting set to drop his new album Evil Genius this Friday (Dec. 7). The promote the upcoming project, Guwop appeared as musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (Dec. 4). Hitting the studio stage on set of the late-night talkshow, Gucci was joined by special guest Kevin Gates to perform their “I’m Not Goin” collaboration for the first-time.

Evil Genius features appearances by Bruno Mars, Kodak Black, Migos, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, NBA YoungBoy, Lil Skies and more. Watch Gucci Mane’s performance below.

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Meek Mill’s fourth studio album, CHAMPIONSHIPS, is blazing up the streets and social media since its release last week. The star-studded project featuring appearances by JAY-Z, Drake, Rick Ross, Cardi B, Ella Mai and more is projected to move 175k-200k units opening week, set to debut No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart next week. Continuing his recent promo run, the Dreamchaser stopped by HOT 97’s Funkmaster Flex Show. After touching on burying beefs with Drake, The Game and fellow Philadelphia rapper Oschino Vasquez, the MMG spitter decided to kick an 8-minute freestyle.

Bringing things full circle, Meek Mill first drops some bars over Drake’s 2015 diss track towards him “Back to Back.” The 31-year-old would later play around over The Clipse’s “Mr. Me Too” before closing the session off flowing over Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… classic “Incarcerated Scarfaces.” Watch the freestyle below.

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Anderson .Paak made his Saturday Night Live debut this weekend, appearing on the show as musical guest. Introduced by guest host/actress Claire Foy, Paak brought surprise guest Kendrick Lamar to join him for the first-ever live performance of “Tints.” The Grammy-nominated singer-producer-instrumentalist would later return to SNL‘s Studio 8H for a live rendition of his Dr. Dre-produced record “Who R U?.” Both songs appear on Anderson .Paak’s new album Oxnard, Executive produced by Dr. Dre and featuring appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Q-Tip, J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Pusha T, BJ the Chicago Kid and more.

Watch Paak’s SNL debut below.

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Eminem and long-time manager/Def Jam CEO Paul Rosenberg serve as executive producers of the newly released battle rap film, Bodied. As hip-hop lovers enjoy the movie, Eminem decided to take it back to where it all started. Inspired by the film, Slim Shady drops a ten-minute freestyle called “Kick Off.” For the performance, Marshall heads to The Shelter at St. Andrew’s in his hometown of Detroit, the very place the ‘Rap God’ took part in various battles in the early stages of his career. As expected, Eminem goes off touching on Islamic regime, the Manchester bombing after an Ariana Grande concert, and his status when it comes to the greatest MCs.

Since the day Dre gave me beats, I was made elite…that’s basically what makes me me/ Creating stink till these tats are fading ink/ Who’s the greatest? Think…we’re still debating. Wink.”

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Last month, Sampha released a gorgeous new song called “Treasure,” taken from the soundtrack to the Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet film Beautiful Boy. Last night, the British crooner delivered an expectedly soft yet stunning performance of said song on The Late Late Show with James Corden, where he was joined by an all-star supporting cast comprised of saxophonist Kamasi Washington, pianist Robert Glasper, cellist Kelsey Lu and singer serpentwithfeet.

“Treasure” is Sampha’s first solo offering since the release of his 2016 Mercury Prize-winning debut album Process. He’s also appeared on collaborations with Syd, Kamasi Washington and Richard Russell.

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Travis Scott’s “Astroworld: Wish You Were Here” Tour returned to NYC’s Madison Square Garden for a second sold-out show on Wednesday night (Nov. 28). The electric, chaotic, and high-energy show included one huge surprise appearance by Kendrick Lamar. The TDE MC touched the stage with Scott to perform their “Goosebumps” collaboration in The Garden. With openers Trippie Redd, Gunna, Cactus Jack/G.O.O.D. Music artist Sheck Wes, and Virgil Abloh, the tour continues through the U.S. east coast this weekend until early next week before shifting to the west coast in mid-December.

Watch the performance below.

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J.I.D made his late night television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night. Joined by BJ The Chicago Kid on vocals and Thundercat on bass, the Dreamville rapper performed “Skrawberries,” off his brand new album DiCaprio 2.

J.I.D dedicated his underwater-themed performance to Mac Miller, with whom he was supposed to go on tour before his tragic death in September. Thundercat, another Swimming tour supporting act and good friend of Mac, showed off his new forearm tattoo dedicated to the late rapper.

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Lil’ Baby is ending an already huge year off with a bang. The Atlanta rapper will release his new project Street Gossip this Friday (Nov. 30). Making the media rounds, the QC artist stopped by HOT 97’s Funkmaster Flex Show to get some bars off for the listeners. Over “Never Recover” off Baby and Gunna’s Drip Harder project, watch Lil’ Baby’s freestyle below.

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