Performances


Russ is well-know for not holding his tongue when it comes to speaking on this current generation of new artists. The New Jersey/Atlanta native paid a visit to The Funkmaster Flex Show this week, stepped to the mic for Flex’s freestyle series. Without calling any names, Russ takes aim at the thousands of “lil” and “young” rappers during his freestyle over 50 Cent and Mobb Deep’s “Outta Control” remix.

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Maino was the latest guest that passed through HOT 97 studios, appearing on Funkmaster Flex’s popular freestyle series. Stepping up to the mic, the Brooklyn spitter tried to compose himself as Flex cracked some jokes in between freestyle over Nas and Lauryn Hill’s “If I Ruled the World” classic. Watch the performance below.

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G Herbo’s Swervo project with producer Southside arrives this Friday, featuring appearances by Young Thug, Chief Keef, 21 Savage and Juice WRLD. To promote the joint album, Lil’ Herb stopped by HOT 97’s The Funkmaster Flex Show to get some bars off. Watch the Chicago MC rip the mic over Kodak Black’s “Skrill” and Jadakiss’ “Still Feel Me.”

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Vic Mensa paid a visit to the Real 92.3 in Los Angeles last week for an interview. The sit down concluded with the Chicago artist/activist spitting a freestyle over Lil Uzi Vert and Pharrell’s “Neon Guts” standout off last year’s Luv Is Rage 2. Young Vino now returns by dropping the official studio version of his freestyle, a move fans of the freestyle performance would appreciate. For those who missed it, watch the studio performance and stream the audio below.

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Bronx veterans Fat Joe and Mysonne appeared on HOT 97 this week, paying a visit to The Funkmaster Flex Show. The pair decided to get a good old freestyle session going during their appearance. Over JAY-Z’s “Feelin’ It,” Joe Crack gets things started off the top for two minutes. Mysonne would take it from there, as the rapper/activist delivered another potent and sharp performance over the Reasonable Doubt classic. Watch it below.

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Getting an early warm-up in before her Lost & Found North American tour kicks off this fall (not that she needs any practice, mind you), Jorja Smith made her debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night. With a little help from her backing band, the British songbird serenaded the audience with a stunning performance of “February 3rd,” taken from her recently released debut album Lost & Found.

Jorja’s Lost & Found tour kicks off on November 19, and will feature fellow velvety-voiced R&B rookie Ravyn Lenae as support.

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A$AP Rocky and Tyler, the Creator have built a close friendship over the past few years, touring together and collaborating on various songs. The two artist and fashion creatives are now teaming up for an upcoming project. On A$AP Mob’s newly released AWGE 3 DVD, Pretty Flacko and Wolf Haley announce a joint album called WANG$AP. Along with the news, Rocky and Tyler drop a record called “Potato Salad,” a freestyle over Monica and Missy Elliott’s “Knock Knock” classic produced by Kanye West. For its music video, the two rap stars head to Paris, where they roam around the go-to destination.

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G.O.O.D. Music was in the house on The Tonight Show last night. With a little help from The Roots, Pusha T and 070 Shake performed their Daytona collaboration “Santeria” for Fallon’s audience, which included Pierce Brosnan and Deepak Chopra.

Speaking of G.O.O.D. Music, King Push’s Daytona Tour with Valee and Sheck Wes kicks off in Denver on July 31.

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Wiz Khalifa’s new album Rolling Papers 2 is out everywhere now, released just last weekend. The Taylor Gang CEO appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night (Jul. 18), hitting the studio stage to perform “Hopeless Romantic” with special guest Swae Lee.

Catch Wiz and Rae Sremmurd on the “Dazed & Blazed” North American tour, running from July 21-Aug 30.

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Juice WRLD’s recent freestyle run started while over in the U.K., with an appearance on the Tim Westwood Show. The rising star continued to show and prove with the lyrics during a recent visit to HOT 97 studios. Sitting down with Funkmaster Flex, Juice Wrld delivered a freestyle for over seven minutes over Nas’ “The Message.” WRLD is familiar with the beat, using the original sample (Sting’s “Shape of My Heart”) for “Lucid Dreams” off his 9 9 9 and Goodbye & Good Riddance project.

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