Performances


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It was a three-day party down in Atlanta over the weekend as OutKast brought their 20th anniversary reunion tour back home. Killer Mike, B.o.B, 8Ball and MJG, Bun B, K Camp, Devin the Dude and Pastor Troy all graced the stage during Andre 3000 and Big Boi’s third and final #ATLast concert at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park last night, but they didn’t depart without treating the crowd to a few surprises. One being a special appearance from a crown and cape-rocking Erykah Badu, who helped the duo perform their Stankonia collaboration, “Humble Mumble.” “That’s my baby daddy,” Badu quipped as she hugged 3 Stacks before walking off stage.

P.S. Happy 16th birthday to Aquemini!

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Jay Z headlined the 3rd annual Global Citizen Festival in NYC’s Central Park on Saturday night. Aired live on MSNBC, the rapper-mogul was on a bill that included No Doubt, The Roots, and Alicia Keys, who all performed in front of 60,000 music lovers. While their worldwide “On the Run” tour recently wrapped up, Jay was joined by wife Beyoncé for a surprise performance. The couple opened their joined moment on stage to “Holy Grail,” before closing the moment with “Young Forever.”

A free concert for those who volunteered their time to take action against world poverty, the goal of the Global Citizen Poverty Project is to end extreme poverty by 2030. Watch the moment below.

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The new season of Saturday Night Live kicked off this weekend, as pop star Ariana Grande served as musical guest. Taking over the 30 Rock studios, the pint-sized diva showed off her acting skills, starring alongside host Chris Pratt in a skit where the theme was fantasy characters that suddenly come to real life.

With the laughs out of everyone’s system, Grande hit the studio stage to perform her hit-song “Break Free.” Ariana would later return a second run, this go around with special guest The Weeknd to perform their My Eveything rumored-to-be next single “Love Me Harder.”

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OutKast continued their 20-year anniversary celebration this year, kicking off a special three-day homecoming weekend concert series on Friday. Over 20,000 people packed Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, to celebrate rap pioneers Big Boi and André 3000. Big names such as Usher, Jermaine Dupri, and L.A. Reid watched the duo perform a nearly 2-hour show of underground classics and chart-topping hits from their long illustrious career as a group and solo artists.

Future, 2 Chainz, and Janelle Monáe served as opening acts for day one, as the weekend celebration continues on Saturday and Sunday at the same venue. Kid Cudi, Childish Gambino, and Atlanta newcomer Raury will opening for the legendary group on Saturday afternoon, with Killer Mike, B.o.B, 8Ball and MJG, Bun B, K Camp, Devin the Dude, Kilo Ali, Big Gipp, and DJ Unk joining the Sunday lineup.

Check out photos and video from night one of #ATLast below.

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Mary J. Blige brought her soulful spirit to BBC’s Later…with Jools Holland, promoting her upcoming The London Sessions LP due December 2. The Queen of Hip-Hop Sould performed a mini-concert for the studio audience, including the song “Right Now” off her new conceptual album.

Available for pre-order on iTunes, The London Sessions features contributions from Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emile Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, SAM ROMANS, and Eg White.

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Drake and Lil’ Wayne’s summer tour is coming to a close. On Monday night, their battle show pulled into The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, as celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, John Mayer, André 3000, Christina Aguilera, Jonah Hill, Jessica Alba, and more were in attendance.

During his set, Drake was joined by Wiz Khalifa for a second time this year, performing his Blacc Hollywood single “We Dem Boyz.” The Capcom-sponsored “Drake vs. Lil’ Wayne” tour wraps up this week, with final stops in Phoenix and Houston.

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The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards were taped last Saturday at Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. As with every year, the main attraction are the yearly cyphers. To get hip-hop lovers ready, BET has released the first two online exclusive digital cyphers. Backed by the legendary DJ Scratch, watch as Emilio Rojas, Dreezy, Conceited, Retro Jace, Dillon Cooper, and Andy Mineo spit their best in the first digital cypher.

SMACK, T-Rex, Goodz, Tsu Surf, and Rain follow-up in the second digital cypher. The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards will premiere on BET on October 14 at 8 p.m. EST. For the full lineup of artists taking part in this year’s cyphers, click here.

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Jay Z and Beyoncé’s blockbuster On the Run tour came to a grand close earlier this month, but last night was all about the corresponding HBO special we’ve been hearing so much about. The two-and-a-half-hour documentary follows Mr. and Mrs. Carter’s final two shows in Paris, France as they entertain the sold-out Stade de France to over 40 combined hits, plus share some wifey-husband moments on stage together.

For those that missed the airing last night, you can catch up on the entire special below. And in case you need a little more persuasion, check out a seven-minute appetizer featuring Jay, Bey and some adorable home footage of Blue Ivy being as adorable as you can imagine.

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The first-ever AAHH! Fest took place on Sunday night at Chicago’s Union Park. Organized and curated by Common, the event’s bill included Lupe Fiasco, Jennifer Hudson, De La Soul, MC Lyte, and Lil’ Herb. Along with bringing out Kanye West during his closing set, Common debuted the official remix to his Nobody’s Smiling single “Kingdom.” Joining him on the No I.D.-produced cut on stage was Jay Electronica and Vince Staples.

Props to FakeShoreDrive

Previously:
Common Brings Out Kanye West at AAHH! Fest 2014 In Chicago (Video)
Common Feat. Vince Staples – “Kingdom” (Video)

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(DJ L, Kanye West, Lil’ Herb/Photo Credit: FakeShoreDrive)

Common’s inaugural AAHH! Fest took place at Chicago’s Union Park on Sunday. Hosted by Dave Chappelle, and curated by Rhymefest in partnership with Donda’s House, the event featured performances from Lupe Fiasco, Jay Electronica, MC Lyte, Vince Staples, Jennifer Hudson, De La Soul, and Lil’ Herb.

As creator of the event, giving back to his city of Chicago, Common closed the event with guests Twista, and the duo of Jay Electronia and Vince Staples for his soon-to-be-released “Kingdom” remix. The loudest ovation came as Kanye West appeared on stage during “Jesus Walks.” Yeezy’s 16-minute surprise set included a medley of songs such as “Get ‘Em High,” “Touch the Sky,” “All of the Lights,” “Good Life,” “New Slaves,” and more.

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