Performances


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Drake and Future’s “Summer Sixteen” tour pulled into Detroit’s famed Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday night (Aug. 16). The 6 God was joined by the ‘Rap God,’ as hometown hero Eminem appeared on stage to perform his verse on Drizzy’s 2009 single “Forever.” “Make some noise for the greatest rapper to ever touch a microphone,” said Drake, who bowed down to Slim Shady shortly after. “Views from The Joe. #WelcometoDetroit,” said Eminem in an Instgram post, as Drake followed that up soon after in his own post with “SHARED THE STAGE WITH THE GOAT FOR DETROIT. DONE THE HYPE..”

Eminem’s appearance comes a few weeks after HOT 97 reported that the Toronto rapper/singer was ready to battle the Detroit MC. The news, which took social media by storm, turned out to be a “prank” according to Ebro Darden who first revealed the “private conversation” on-air.

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anderson paak tiny desk concert

Anderson .Paak is a natural performer in the truest sense (the good folks at P&P put together this list of clips if you’ve yet to experience his live set). The Oxnard, CA native can sing as well on the stage as he does in the studio, and is known to demolish a drum solo from time to time. So it’s no surprise that NPR tapped the Aftermath rookie as their latest “Tiny Desk” performer.

Backed by his band The Free Nationals, .Paak parks up at the drum set and performs Malibu favorites like “Come Down,” “Heart Don’t Stand a Chance” and “Put Me Thru,” as well as the NxWorries hit “Suede.” This man right here is too talented.

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Drake may have been talking trash to LeBron James during the playoffs (safe to say LeBron had the last laugh), but all NBA rivalry was put aside as Drizzy brought out King James during his Summer Sixteen tour stop in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend. “Ohio, if you don’t make some noise for The King right now you’re out of your mind,” Drake addressed the crowd as the reigning world champ hit the stage, filling in as Aubrey’s hype man as he performed “Pop Style.” I can think of worse ways to celebrate your new $100 million contract.

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Chance The Rapper really has been everywhere lately. After performing at the ESPYs and appearing in Nike’s Olympics campaign, the Chicago MC made his debut on ABC’s Good Morning America this morning. Joined by Peter Cottontale and Francis and the Lights, Chance delivered a gorgeous live rendition of his Coloring Book mixtape cut “Summer Friends.”

He also sat down for an interview with Robin Roberts, speaking on his Muhammad Ali tribute, being on Obama’s Summer playlist and his relationship with God. “People are afraid to speak about God to a certain extent, and I think if you’re not free to speak about God, then you’re not free,” he said.

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Drake and Future have been stringing along a few special guests during their Summer Sixteen tour — notably Kanye West and Rihanna — but their fourth and final sold-out show at Madison Square Garden last night felt more like a mini Summer Jam (Drake’s words, not ours) than your usual NYC tour stop.

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lauryn hill

Lauryn Hill may have bailed on performing at the Grammys earlier this year, but she did show up for a special performance on Austin City Limits recently. The full concert is set to air this Saturday on PBS, but today you can enjoy this exclusive clip of Ms. Hill slaying a rendition of “Mystery of Iniquity” — the song that was famously repurposed by Kanye West on “All Falls Down” — while backed by a live band.

Hopefully Lauryn Hill can carry this form into the fall as she’s also announced a string of North American tour dates. Her 17-city trek kicks off in Philadelphia on August 27 before making its final stop in Phoenix on November 13.

Update: Lauryn also performs “Ready or Not,” “Jammin,” and “Master Blaster” covers.

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drake rihanna ovo fest

Following performances from Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa on Friday night, and Beenie Man and Machel Montano on Saturday night, Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen tour rolled into Toronto for night three of OVO Fest 2016 last night. OVO Sound rookies Roy Wood$ and dvsn got the Air Canada Centre crowd warmed up before Drizzy and Hendrix ran through their respective — and collective — collection of stadium anthems.

However, the biggest moment of the night came when Rihanna joined Drake on stage to perform their chart-topping collaboration “Work,” and also give a live debut to their VIEWS duet “Too Good.” Naturally, the pair couldn’t help but get up close and personal with each other, and even shared a laugh as Rihanna fluffed one of her lines. These guys…

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Future took a break from his co-headlining “Summer Sixteen” tour with Drake to perform at Lollapalooza 2016 in Chicago’s Grant Park on Friday (Jul. 29). The Freebandz rapper came with a surprise too for the Windy City, as Chance the Rapper crashed Future’s set with a performance of “No Problem.”

Lollapalooza….I like what y’all been doing but I need y’all to turn up a little bit more for the rest of my brother Future’s set,” said Chance, who was called a legend by Future on stage. Future will resume the “Summer Sixteen” tour this weekend, when it stops in Toronto for two days on Sunday and Monday as a part of OVO Fest 2016.

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joe-budden

Joe Budden recently took a break from his beef with Drake and chasing trolls to pay a visit to HOT 97 studios. The Slaughterhouse MC appeared on Funk Flex’s mixshow, and came with a bunch of bars ready to go. For Flex’s latest freestyle series, Jumpoff Joe decides to freestyle over Fabolous’ 2004 classic “Breathe.”

It’s an issue…Joe make it a big one / Can’t Bell Biv DeVoe your way out of this one,” raps Joe, throwing more shots at Drake.

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Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen tour rolled into Chicago last night, and there was only ever one special guest they were going to bring out. During Drizzy’s portion of the show, Kanye West made a surprise appearance to perform his verse on “Pop Style,” before playing “Famous” and “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1.” Kanye also made his first public statement on the recent Taylor Swift phone call saga, saying, “I am so glad my wife has Snapchat…cause now y’all can know the truth, and can’t nobody talk shit about Ye no more.”

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