Performances


In support of his new album Father of Asahd, DJ Khaled was the musical guest on the season finale of Saturday Night Live this weekend. For his SNL debut, Khaled Khaled brought a handful of special friends to hit NBC’s Studio 8H stage. Introduced by guest host and Avengers: Endgame star Paul Rudd, DJ Khaled first delivered with medley of “Jealous” with Lil’ Wayne and Big Sean and “You Stay” with Meek Mill, Jeremih, J Balvin and Lil’ Baby.

The CEO of We the Best returned later in the show for a second medley of “Just Us” with SZA, “Weather the Storm” with Meek Mill and a touching moment of “Higher” with John Legend. The last song is the next single off the album, which features the late Nipsey Hussle. As a backdrop of Nipsey was projected, Khaled and his guests all gathered at the end paying their respect to the inspirational rapper.

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Ciara’s new album Beauty Marks released last week, featuring appearances by Kelly Rowland, Macklemore and Tekno. The R&B singer is currently on a promo run, paying a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday (May 17). The Atlanta entertainer served as musical guest, performing for the show’s Mercedes-Benz concert series on the outdoor stage. On-air, CiCi gave live rendition of her latest single “Thinkin’ Bout You.” Off-air and streamed live on YouTube, fans got to watch her medley set of “Set” and “Level Up” off her new album, plus past hits “Goodies” and “1,2 Step.”

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After Young Thug and Lil’ Uzi Vert, Nardwuar’s Rolling Loud adventure continued with meeting Lil’ Nas X. The Atlanta hitmaker, whose “Old Town Road” continues to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, caught up with The Human Serviette after performing with Billy Ray Cyrus at the music festival in Miami, Florida. In the conversation, Lil’ Nas X is gifted a 60-year-old country magazine, a 💩 emoji bubble bath, and a vintage Canadian belt buckle.

The 20-year-old discussed becoming viral, his father being a gospel artist, being a student of the internet, and his style. Watch the interview and check out Lil’ Nas X’s Rolling Loud performance with Billy Ray Cyrus below.

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Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, and The Underachievers, aka the titanic supergroup known as Beast Coast, have a collaborative album on the way. After releasing records like “Left Hand” and “Coast/Clear”, it was confirmed earlier this week by Pro Era head honcho Joey Bada$$ that joint project is finished.

In the nostalgic mood, Beast Coast brings back BET’s famed Rap City for a classic cypher. Backed by DJ Powers Pleasant, watch Big Tigger, Zombie Juice, Issa Gold, Meechy Darko, Joey Bada$$, AK, Kirk Knight, CJ Fly, Erick Arc Elliott and Nyck Caution go off on a handful of beats below. The session ends with Tigger announcing Beast Coast’s album arrives on May 24th, entitled Escape From New York.

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YG’s new single “Go Loko” has been buzzing since its release last week. The record, which also features Tyga and Jon Z, even got praise from Drake who shouted out the track on his Instagram Story over the weekend. The Bompton rapper appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday (May 6), where he performed the song for the first-time live with T-Raww and the Puerto Rican trap artist. YG was also a guest on Kimmel’s New Lyrics for Old People segment, where the comedian/talk show host translates some of the song’s explicit lyrics.

“Go Loko” will appear on YG’s new album 4 Real 4 Real, due May 24th via Def Jam Records. Watch the performance and hilarious moment below.

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G-Eazy’s latest single “West Coast” is another certified banger added to his growing list of hits. The Oakland rapper appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday (Apr. 29), where he performed the track with Blueface and ALLBLACK. Sticking to the music video’s theme, the performance was shot in black-and-white as the trio move from the outside lot to the studio stage indoors. Watch the action below.

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Anderson .Paak’s new album Ventura debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart last week. The Grammy Award-winning musician continued his recent promo run with an appearance on The Ellen Show. Backed by The Free Nationals, the California star delivered a soulful performance of the album cut “Make It Better.”

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Pharrell Williams’ inaugural Something in the Water Festival took over the shores of Virginia Beach, VA this weekend. The three-day festival got off to a bad start as the first day was cancelled due to heavy rain. The skies cleared and the sun was out strong for day two on Saturday (Apr. 27), loaded with performances by SZA, Travis Scott, A$AP Ferg, J Balvin and more. The highlight of the night came from Pharrell himself, who delivered a thrilling set of hits with some superstar friends. Diddy, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Tyler, the Creator, N.E.R.D. and Busta Rhymes all make appearances. The biggest surprise of the night came towards the end of Pharrell’s set, as JAY-Z joined his long-time collaborator to perform the song “Frontin.”

A night after performing his ‘B-Sides 2’ show, the mogul/rapper joined Skateboard P for a medley of “P.S.A.,” “Izzo,” “Excuse Me Miss Again (La-La-La),” and “Give It 2 Me.” The ‘SITW’ Festival continues on Sunday (Apr. 28) with performances by Chris Brown, Anderson. Paak and The Free Nationals, Teddy Riley & Friends, Pusha T, DRAM and Jhené Aiko.

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JAY-Z re-opened famed New York City music venue Webster Hall in a special way on Friday night (Apr. 26). The music mogul brought his ‘B-Sides 2’ show to the popular Manhattan location, performing a two-hour set of deep album cuts. Along with bringing out guests Nas, Cam’ron, and Jim Jones, the face of Roc Nation took time to debut two new freestyles. Dubbed by fans the ‘B-Sides 2’ freestyles, the first verse captured concert goers ears as Hov touched on the late Nipsey Hussle, gentrification, and urging minorities to invest in their own communities.

Gentrify your own hood before these people do it/ Claim eminent domain and have your people move in. That’s a small glimpse into what Nipsey was doing/ For anybody still confused as to what he was doing,” Jay raps. “I be going to sleep hoping that Nip would visit me/ That young King had a lot of jewels to split with me. And we ain’t got to leave the hood physically/ But we got to leave that shit mentally.”

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JAY-Z delivered a night to remember on Friday (Apr. 26), returning with his sequel ‘B-Sides’ concert. Taking place at the newly renovated Webster Hall, JAY-Z re-opened the popular Manhattan venue with a two-hour performance of deep album cuts from his extensive discography. Backed by a full band and DJs Young Guru and Just Blaze, the rap icon gave the intimate crowd a 39-song set that includes records like “The Prelude,” “People Talkin,” “Allure,” “D’Evils,” “Dear Summer,” and his most recent stellar guest appearance on Meek Mill’s “What’s Free.”

Along with two ‘B-Side 2’ freestyles, one dedicated to the late Nipsey Hussle, JAY-Z brought out a few major surprise guests. First up was Nas, who joined his fellow NY heavyweight for “Success,” before performing a medley of “The World Is Yours” and “NY State of Mind.” Soon after a shocking moment took place as long-time foe, Cam’ron appeared in a suit joining JAY-Z to perform their 2002 collaboration “Welcome to New York City” for the first-time ever. Dipset’s Jim Jones would later join the pair, backing Cam’ron for their rap classic “I Really Mean It.” Watch some fan captured highlights below.

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