Performances


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Gucci Mane celebrated the release of his new album Everybody Looking with a special homecoming concert in Atlanta on Friday night (Jul. 22). Presented by Revolt TV, the live-streamed event was held at the Fox Theatre in Gucci’s hometown, and the charismatic was all smiles as a few big-named friends joined him on stage throughout the night.

OJ Da Juiceman, PeeWee Longway, Young Dolph, Rich Homie Quan, Fetty Wap, and 2 Chainz all joined La Flare to perform some of their street anthems and chart hits. The loudest cheers from the evening came during the show’s finale, as Future joined Gucci to perform the songs “Stick Talk” and “March Madness” before Drake appeared to join his “Summer Sixteen” tourmate for “Jumpman.” Drake took control from that point on with “Energy,” as Gucci and the Toronto superstar delivered their past and new collabs “Back on Road” and “Believe It Or Not” for the first-time live.

Out now, Everybody Looking features appearances from Kanye West, Drake, and Young Thug. Get the album here and watch Gucci’s full homecoming concert below.

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YG and Nipsey Hussle appeared on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Friday night, serving as musical guests. The two L.A. rappers took to the studio stage to perform their controversial single “FDT (F*ck Donald Trump)” for the first-time on late-night television. The brash record appears on YG’s new album Still Brazy, meanwhile the official “FDT” remix featuring G-Eazy and Macklemore can be heard here.

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Dreamville’s own Bas closed his North American “Too High To Riot” on Wednesday night (Jul. 13) at NYC’s Highline Ballroom. For the finale, the Queens, NY rapper was joined by labelmate J. Cole for a surprise performance. Catch a recap of the night below, meanwhile you can buy Bas’ album here and stream here.

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The 2016 ESPYs took over the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Hosted by WWE superstar John Cena, the three-hour show closed with a tribute to the late Muhammad Ali. The iconic sports figure and activist, who passed away in early June, was honored with a performance by Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper. Backed by singer Jamila Woods, Peter Cottontale, Teddy Jackson, and Donnie Trumpet, Chance delivered a moving and touching live moment, debuting a never-before-heard song for the first-time.

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The 2016 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors praised one of hip-hop’s most valuable and oft underappreciated figures: the wonderful ladies. Honorees Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, Salt & Peppa and more were given their just due in the moving event.

Along with speeches from artists who were influenced by the pioneering women in rap, tribute performances were assembled by rap’s finest. We witnessed the likes of Remy Ma, Nelly Furtado, Trina, Fantasia, Monica, Monie Love, Da Brat, Mia X, YoYo, Ms Jade, The Lady of Rage, Suga-T, Rah Digga, Nikki D, Sha Rock, We Tee, Heather B and more all participate in the concert.

Hosted by Eve, the men of rap — Diddy, Pharrell, Timbaland, Busta Rhymes and more — also came out to pay homage to our queens.

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VH1 held their first Hip Hop Honors concert in six years at New York City’s Lincoln Center last night. With the theme “All Hail the Queens,” this year’s event recognized female rap legends like Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa and Lil Kim. However, it wasn’t a night to remember for either Rich Homie Quan or Biggie fans during Kim’s performance.

Update: Rich Homie Quan has issued an apology.

Update2: Lil Kim is backing the young homie.

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After a whirlwind few months that’s taken him from the top of the Billboard charts to the BET Awards, Desiigner brought “Panda” back home to Brooklyn for Independence Day yesterday. Armed with only a megaphone and his violently dabbing limbs, the G.O.O.D. Music rookie rocked up to a Holiday BBQ in his backyard of BK and treated his peoples to a live performance of his No. 1 single. This kid does not need a lot to put on a show, does he?

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Although Yasiin Bey has been caught up in legal trouble in his adopted home of South Africa this year, that hasn’t stopped him from recording and performing new music. Having already released a handful of loosies on SoundCloud over the last few months, the BK MC gave fans yet another taste of new raps during a performance at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival earlier this year. Joined by Canadian band BADBADNOTGOOD, Yasiin debuted a soulful song called “Arcade,” which will hopefully land on that upcoming album he’s working on.

Bey and BADBADNOTGOOD performed a total of six songs together that night, including a cover of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Buggin Out” as a tribute to the late Phife Dawg. The band spoke with 10and5 about the whole thing came about:

We got an email from someone that works with him the first night we got in, asking if we’d be willing to perform a couple songs with him at our show. Of course we said yes, then the next night we went to meet up with him. After a couple rehearsals we figured out what to play, and ended up doing 6 songs. 3 by him, as well as two Rodriguez songs, and ‘Buggin Out’ as a tribute to Phife Dawg. It was an incredible experience! The rehearsals were magical, we really connected musically which is difficult sometimes after first meeting someone.

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If it’s true that European fans appreciate rap shows more than American audiences, then crowd goers at the 2016 WOO HAH! Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands were in for a treat over the weekend. A$AP Ferg was on Saturday night’s bill and delivered a typically energetic set, but he took things to a new level (no pun intended) by bringing out a few of his good friends. You might have heard of them.

A$AP Rocky joined Ferg to perform “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye II” and ScHoolboy Q stopped by for “Work,” while Young Thug and Tyler, The Creator also hit the stage to a raucous reception. Check out the scenes below.

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From Harlem to the ATL. After Dave East got the spotlight, XXL now shines on Atlanta’s own 21 Savage in their latest XXL Freshmen freestyle series. Watch as the young southern cover star spit an acapella verse, painting the picture of the gritty street life that’s played a part in his success.

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