Performances


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After winning two American Music Awards to start the week, Iggy Azalea made her way to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday. With a colorful stage stage setup backed by The Roots and two backup singers, the Australian-native performed the song “Beg For It.” Featuring Mø, the record appears on Azalea’s Reclassified LP, a re-release of her debut album The New Classic.

Available now on iTunes, the album features five brand new records, and appearances from Ellie Goulding and Jennifer Hudson.

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The biggest boss Rick Ross took over the AT&T Outdoor Stage on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night. Serving as the evening’s musical guest, the face of Maybach Music Group kept it cool in all-black, performing his latest single “If They Knew.” The Timbaland-produced song that features K. Michelle, is off Rozay’s newly released Hood Billionaire album.

According to early industry projections, Ross’ second album of 2014 is projected to sell 60k-65k opening week. Back in March, the Miami rapper’s Mastermind LP debuted No. 1 on Billboard’s album charts, selling 184,726 copies its first week.

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Two years later and “Bandz A Make Her Dance” can still, well, make her dance. Juicy J was the latest name on the bill for Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in LA series, where he took over The Fonda in Los Angeles last night with the help of Chicago’s Tree and Atlanta’s Two-9. During his strip club smash, Juice Man brought out surprise guest Lil Wayne while a make-it-rain machine showered the crowd in dollar bills. Weezy stuck around to perform “Believe Me” and “Loyal,” but it was too bad he didn’t do that other rain-making anthem of his.

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The mighty Wu-Tang Clan took over the Ed Sullivan Theater on Tuesday night, appearing as musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman. With their new album A Better Tomorrow arriving on December 2, The RZA, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Method Man, and Cappadonna performed the single “Ruckus In B Minor.”

Available for pre-order on iTunes, click here for the tracklisting and watch the performance below.

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Common kicked off his “Nobody’s Smiling” tour with Jay Electronica last week in Las Vegas. The third stop of the U.S. tour was L.A.’s House of Blues on Monday night. When it came time to perform his Like Water for Chocolate classic “The Light,” Com Sense called on a British soul legend in Seal to join him on stage.

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Between his CNN appearance and Billboard op-ed, Killer Mike has been fiercely outspoken about Michael Brown’s death and the sad situation in Ferguson. However, his most passionate response came last night at a Run the Jewels concert in — of all places — St. Louis, where he delivered a heartbreaking speech just hours after the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson.

Mike began by sending out his thoughts and prayers to not only Michael Brown, but the people who were protesting following the announcement. The rapper was on the verge of tears as he admitted fearing for his sons’ futures, before angrily declaring, “it is us against the motherfucking machine!”

Killer Mike for President.

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Dej Loaf made her late-night television debut on Monday night, appearing as musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The stylish Detroit rapper, draped in a Coogi robe, performed her street anthem “Try Me” with help from The Roots. The popular song is off the Columbia Records signee‘s Sell Sole mixtape, out now.

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Holding down the streets with their music for nearly two decades, The LOX have also made their mark in rap culture with their fashion through that time. Last week, group members Jadakiss and Styles P strutted their stuff during Grungy Gentleman’s Fashion Houston-FH5 runway show. Modelling new pieces from Grungy Gentleman’s new collaborative collection with Mitchell & Ness, Jada and SP looked comfortable as ever walking down the runway before breaking into a medley performance of songs such as “We Gon’ Make It,” “Knock Yourself Out,” and a remix of Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Ni**a.”

Live performances on the runway are the next logical progression between fashion and music,” said Jace Lipstein, founder and EIC of Grungy Gentleman. “Who better to launch this innovative platform with than two hip-hop legends, Jadakiss and Styles P of The LOX? It was a perfect match and the fellas looked super fresh in our Mitchell & Ness collaboration on the catwalk.”

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With Lil’ Wayne and Christina Milian displaying passion with their “Start a Fire” performance at the AMAs, Nicki Minaj followed with the bad side. Dressed in all-white, the Queen Barbz was joined by Skylar Grey behind the piano, with their first full performance of The Pinkprint single “Bed of Lies.”

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It was the Young Money takeover at the 2014 American Music Awards in L.A. on Sunday night. Two of the label’s biggest stars joined together for one gigantic set, displaying two different sides of love and relationships. The moment was lead off by Lil’ Wayne, who debuted the new song “Start a Fire” with rumored-to-be girlfriend Christina Milian off his upcoming The Carter V album.

From passionate love, to break-ups, Nicki Minaj stepped up to the stage next. With Skylar Grey behind the piano, the Queen Barbz gave the first full performance of The Pinkprint single “Bed of Lies.”

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