Performances


YG’s new album Stay Dangerous debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart this week. The Compton rapper appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (Aug. 15), with special guests 2 Chainz and Big Sean. Watch the trio as they perform their single “Big Bank” for the first-time on late-night television.

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Some Tiny Desk Concerts come in support of a new album, like with Mac Miller’s post-Swimming performance last week. And sometimes, there’s no new music to promote, and we all just gather round the Tiny Desk to witness a legend in action, like with this week’s performance from Erykah Badu.

Despite the shorter-than-usual setlist (she performed two songs instead of three), Ms. Fat Belly Bella and her jazz band delivered gorgeous renditions of “Rimshot,” the intro to her 1997 debut Baduizm, and “Green Eyes,” the sprawling, 10-minute outro to Mama’s Gun.

Whether it’s the NPR offices or the hearts of some of the greatest rappers of all time, no one commands the place and people around her quite like Erykah Badu.

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Mac Miller brought his new album Swimming to late night TV last night. With a little help from Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Mac performed a vibrantly funky rendition of “Ladders” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Swimming currently sits at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 after shipping 66,000 first-week copies.

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Drake and the Migos’ co-headlining North American tour kicked off on Sunday night (Aug. 12) in Kansas City. The “Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour” was an entertaining full production featuring a floating yellow Ferrari and an illuminating full-sized basketball court. The show served as the first-time Drake performed many cuts off his No. 1 album Scorpion for the first-time. One of those songs done live was “Don’t Matter To Me,” the track which features vocals from the late Michael Jackson. During that moment, the 6 God surprised concert goers by delivering a cover of the King of Pop’s “Rock With You” before segueing into “After Dark.”

Watch some highlights from the tour and the full set-list below.

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After more than a decade in business, Low End Theory — the influential L.A. club night that helped launched the careers of Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, TOKiMONSTA and many more — put on its final show in L.A. last night. Thanks to a surprise mini Odd Future reunion, it went out with a bang.

Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt performed early OF favorites like “Orange Juice,” “Sandwitches” and “Rella” while Syd and Hodgy Beats (who, three years ago, called Tyler a “fraud“) also hit the stage. During his appearance, Tyler reflected on his first time performing at Low End Theory back when Odd Future were still building their buzz. The $500 Daddy Kev paid him was the most money he’d ever seen at that point, he said.

It’s not like Odd Future officially broke up — since dropping OF Tape Vol. 2 in 2012, they kinda just went their own ways creatively — but it’s still good to see (some of) the gang back together again, if only for one memorable night.

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Rae Sremmurd appeared on Good Morning America last month to perform their SR3MM single “Guatemala.” The duo of Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi continued their promo run with an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (Aug. 8), where they performed the island flavored record for the studio audience.

Catch Rae Sremmurd on Wiz Khalifa’s “Dazed & Blazed” North American tour, running until Aug. 30. Watch the performance below.

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Boomiverse may be more than a year old at this point, but it looks like Big Boi is only now doing the usual promotion for his current single, “All Night.” After recently releasing a video for the catchy record, which appeared in Apple’s “Animojo Yourself” commercial, Daddy Fat Sax swung by The Tonight Show last night to treat Jimmy Fallon’s audience to a live performance, with a little help from Sleepy Brown.

As reported earlier this year, Big Boi has left Epic Records and is now signed to L.A. Reid’s HitCo label.

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Tyga is enjoying major success on the charts this summer, as his single “Taste” has turned into a huge smash. The Offset-featured song currently sits at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, as is showing no signs of slowing down. To promote the record and its follow-up “SWISH,” T-Raww paid a visit to Power 106 L.A. for a freestyle session with the L.A. Leakers. Watch Tyga spit some bars over YG’s “Big Bank” below.

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While Travi$ Scott celebrated the release of Astroworld with a headlining set at Montreal’s Osheaga Festival over the weekend, Mac Miller opted for a more lowkey setting to give his new album Swimming a live debut. The Pittsburgh rapper swung by the NPR offices in Washington, DC to deliver his first Tiny Desk Concert, where he performed jazzy renditions of Swimming standouts “Small Worlds,” “What’s the Use?” and “2009.” Mac was backed by a live band, with fellow Tiny Desk alumnus Thundercat on bass.

Stream Mac Miller’s Swimming LP here.

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The 2018 Osheaga Festival is taking place this weekend in Montreal, Canada. The three-day event is headlined by Florence + The Machine, Tyler, the Creator, Post Malone, Rae Sremmurd, James Blake, Anderson. Paak, Khalid and more. Hours after his new album ASTROWORLD dropped everywhere, Travi$ Scott closed Day 1 of the festival on Friday night (Aug. 3). For the first-time, La Flame performed the songs “Carousel” and the popular Drake-featured “Sicko Mode.” It was a busy day for the Houston rapper, who also debuted three songs during his .wav radio mixshow on Beats 1.

ASTROWORLD is set to debut No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart next week, with early projections expecting it to move 300-400k in total sales opening week.

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