Performances


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During his recent stop in the UK, which included a headlining set at V Festival, JAY-Z delivered his first BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance in almost a decade. Joined by Young Guru and a choir, Hov performed “Family Feud,” off his new album 4:44, and “Numb/Encore,” which he dedicated to the late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.

Jay also sat down with BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo to discuss his career trajectory from Reasonable Doubt to 4:44, social media, being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (and his memorable Twitter speech), Blue Ivy’s freestyle, his next album (“I have some ideas”) and the current political climate in the United States. “This guy, I’m looking at him like, ‘man, this is a joke.’ I can’t even say with all due respect; with all disrespect,” he says. “He’s not a very sophisticated man, especially when it comes to the idea of: until everyone’s free, no one’s free.”

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NBA All-Star Damian Lillard, aka Dame D.O.L.L.A., is set to drop his sophomore LP Confirmed on October 6. During a recent visit to Sway In The Morning, the Portland Trail Blazers point-guard debuted a new song off the album called “Run It Up.” Produced by Scott Storch, the upbeat record features Lil’ Wayne who handles hook duties and drops a guest verse.

Their second collaboration (after “Loyal To The Soil”) can be streamed below, along with Lillard’s interview where he discusses balancing the NBA and music, Colin Kaepernick, and spits a freestyle for the listeners.

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Miguel during Wednesday's September 20, 2017 show. Photo: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2017CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Miguel’s recent return to music has fans eagerly anticipating the singer’s fourth studio LP. The 31-year-old has only added to excitement with the songs “Sky Walker” featuring Travi$ Scott and “Shockandawe.” The R&B heartthrob appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night (Sept. 20), serving as the show’s musical guest. Backed by a three-piece band, Miguel used the appearance to perform “Come Through And Chill,” the Salaam Remi-produced song released back in 2016.

Debuted on late-night television for the first-time, the sexy and laid-back record is the perfect soundtrack with fall around the corner as cuffing season starts to pick up.

Watch the performance below.

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James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke is a hit online, so much so that Apple Music partnered with the late-night tv host for an extended series. For its latest episode, Big Sean and actress Tracee Ellis Ross hit the studio to record an alternate cut of Sean Don’s smash “Bounce Back.” Rapping under her alter-ego T-Murda, Ross and the G.O.O.D. Music take their remix inside an SUV where they perform the song while riding around town.

Watch a clip below and check out the full 13-minute version on Apple Music.

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Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid performed their powerful collaboration “1-800-273-8255” at the 2017 MTV VMAs last month. The moment help push the record up the charts, now sitting at a new peak of No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The now platinum-selling record also is the highest charting phone number track in music history. Logic and Cara appeared on The Ellen Show this week, where they spoke about the impact and importance of the song off Logic’s Everybody’s Looking LP.

The Maryland rapper and Canadian singer also touched the studio stage, backed by a band and choir for a live rendition of the song. Watch it all below.

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Macklemore is getting set to drop his new album Gemini on September 22. Serving as his first full-length LP without producer Ryan Lewis in over a decade, it features guest appearances by Lil’ Yachty, Offset of Migos, Kesha and Skylar Grey. During a recent promo run in NYC, the Seattle MC stopped by HOT 97’s Funkmaster Flex Show. With some bars ready, Macklemore decided to kick a freestyle over JAY-Z’s Black Album classic “Lucifer.”

Watch the freestyle, plus Macklemore’s visit to Sway In The Morning below.

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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0737 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical Guests Yo Gotti performs "Rake It Up" with Nicki Minaj on September 14, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)

Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up” single is burning up the charts, recently making the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Featuring Nicki Minaj, the Mike WiLL Made-It produced club banger also sits at No. 1 on Urban radio. A few weeks after debuting the song’s playful music video, The King of Memphis and Young Money Queen appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (Sept. 14) to perform their hit song.

Backed by a team of dancers, watch Yo Gotti and Nicki on The Tonight Show below and get the Gotti Made-It EP on iTunes.

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After 27 years in the game, A Tribe Called Quest bowed out at the UK’s Bestival on Saturday night. During their headlining set at the Castle Stage, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi and Consequence ran through cuts off Tribe’s latest album, We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, as well as fan favorites throughout their decorated catalog.

But following the tragic loss of Phife Dawg last year — Tribe even cancelled their appearance at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival due to grief — the group have decided to call it a day. “A Tribe Called Quest, we suffered a blow. We lost our boy Phife Dawg,” Q-Tip told the Bestival crowd midway through the 90-minute set. “This is gonna be our last show as A Tribe Called Quest, ever.”

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Lil’ Uzi Vert sent Twitter into a frenzy, teasing fans that a freestyle video with A$AP Rocky and Metro Boomin was on the way. Hours later, A$AP Mob released their online DVD AWGE Vol. 1. Taking a page from street DVDs like Smack and Cocaine City in the mid-2000s, the 21-minute video gives viewers behind-the-scenes access to the lives of A$AP Mob. Along with The Weeknd, Tyler, the Creator and Chief Keef making cameos, Uzi and Pretty Flacko trade verses on a street corner over a beat made by Metro Boomin.

Watch the freestyle and full AWGE Vol. 1 DVD below.

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Khalid shined bright at the 2017 MTV VMAs last month, performing and winning a moonman for “Best New Artist.” The rising star appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday (Sept. 7), taking to the outdoor stage to perform his American Teen singles “Young Dumb & Broke” and “Location.”

Backed by a cheerleading team, watch the El Paso singer serenade the television audience below.

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