Performances


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All eyes from the Hip-hop world were on the city of New Orleans, Louisiana on Friday night, as the first annual Lil’ Weezyana Fest took place. On the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Lil’ Wayne put on for his city, performing an over two-hour a benefit concert at Champions Square’s Bold Sphere Music, just steps away from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Street King Immortal has been a long time in the making but it seems like the album is finally on the horizon. Yesterday in New York City, Fif took the time out to put some people on to what he’s coming with on the record at a rooftop party, performing a new song titled “9 Shots” for the crowd in attendance. As you can hear, Curtis gets personal about his near-death encounter back in the day, and it’s been nothing blessings since.

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One night after performing at a sold-out Madison Square Garden as a part of J. Cole’s “Forest Hills Drive” tour, Big Sean appeared on The View. Introduced by Raven-Symoné, the Detroit artist performed the current single off his No. 1 album Dark Sky Paradise, “One Man Can Change the World.”

UPDATE: The G.O.O.D. Music MC also stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to perform the same single. Watch below as Sean will finish his promo run with an appearance on GMA on Thursday morning.

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One of music’s biggest festivals, Lollapalooza 2015, kicked off at Grant Park in Chicago on Friday night. Paul McCartney, Flying Lotus, Young Thug, BADBADNOTGOOD, SZA, DJ Mustard and more performed on Day 1, which was closed by Toronto’s own The Weeknd. The XO singer delivered an hour set, performing songs off his critically acclaimed Trilogy effort, plus collaborations with Drake (“Crew Love”), Ty Dolla $ign (“Or Nah”) and Ariana Grande (“Love Me Harder”).

Along with his remix of Beyoncé “Drunk In Love,” The Weeknd didn’t leave without rocking out to his trio of new hits “Earned It,” “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” Watch the full 57-minute set from Lollapalooza below.

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Lauryn Hill made a rare television appearance on Thursday night, appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The 8-time Grammy Award winner and Fugees member performed the song “Feeling Good,” off the compilation LP Nina Revisited… A Tribute to Nina Simone. The cover is one of six records Hill contributes to the album, which also features Usher, Mary J. Blige, Common, Jazmine Sullivan, and more.

Purchase the LP on iTunes and watch the performance below.

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This year’s Pitchfork Music Festival had a ton of performers and one of them was Chicago’s own Vic Mensa. With the crowd already amped up, he gave them a high energy performance of the Kanye West assisted “U Mad,” which almost caused a riot on stage and in the crowd. He also performed “No Chill,” his new track with Skrillex.

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Kanye West took over Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Sunday night, serving as closing act the the 2015 Pan AM Games Closing Ceremonies. Despite controversy leading up to the performance, including a petition signed by thousands demanding the rapper be taken off the bill that included Pitbull and Canadian artist Serena Ryder, Kanye delivered a memorable 13-minute set.

Wearing a baby blue sweater, ripped jeans, and a pair of adidas Yeezy Boost 350’s, Kanye rocked the crowd with the songs “Stronger,” “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” “Touch the Sky,” “All of the Lights,” “Gold Digger,” “Power” and “Black Skinhead.” During the final song, “Good Life,” Kanye’s mic was turned off right at the 10 p.m. curfew, in which the rapper responded by throwing his mic in the air before exiting. Later, Canadian network CBC would later call the mic shutting off a “Technical error.”

Later in the evening after the show, Kanye was spotted with Drake at a local nightclub, where West’s close friend Virgil Abloh was guest DJ.

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Nicki Minaj’s “The Pinkprint” North American tour pulled into Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sunday night. During her set, the Queen Barbz surprised the sold-out crowd with a special guest. As Chris Brown’s “Loyal” blasted throughout the arena, Lil’ Wayne stormed on stage to perform his guest verse off the hit song.

Dressed in grey sweats and red sneakers, Weezy F. Baby had thousands screaming at Nicki is seen paying homage to her mentor, bowing down to Lil’ Wayne before he went into a medley of past songs including “A Milli” and “6 Foot, 7 Foot.”

Watch the moment in Brooklyn below.

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Slim Shady came up freestyling and battling, but in recent years, he hasn’t really kicked many for whatever the reason. Sway In The Morning got the blessing from Eminem himself thanks to some Southpaw promo and he goes off on the acapella. He stresses that everything he spit was off the dome and there were no writtens, so folks shouldn’t doubt that he can still rhyme with the best of them, considering this spanned close to 8 minutes.

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Jeremih appeared as musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday. Changing the vibe a little, the R&B singer brought the dance vibes to the studio audience, being joined by Flo Rida to perform the song “Tonight Belongs To U.” The single is off Jeremih’s Late Nights: The Album, which to this point still has no official release date.

Before the performance, Fallon introduced Jeremih and unveiled what appears to be the official album cover. Check it all out below.

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