Usher Surprises at SXSW, Sends ‘Positive Energy’ to Lil Wayne


Usher made waves at South by Southwest with a surprise set at the Fader Fort in Austin, Texas. Amidst rumors that he would close out Friday’s festivities, the R&B superstar was greeted with cheers when he appeared during Cincinnati rock band The Afghan Whigs’ set. He performed a stripped-down medley of hits including his Grammy-winning single “Climax” and took time out to send his best wishes to Lil Wayne.

“One of my fellow artists and good friend, Lil Wayne, is going through a real hard time right now, ya’ll,” said Ursh. “I just want to send a lot of positive attitude about his state and a lot of positive energy out there right now. Can you guys make some noise for Lil Wayne one time?”

He then lightened the mood with an acoustic performance of “OMG” and beatboxed his way through “Bad Girl.”

“You have officially turned me into a beatbox artist,” he joked to the crowd. “This isn’t really my shit, you know. South by Southwest brings out the best in me.”

He closed with an cappella version of “U Got It Bad” as the audience sang along.

“I love you so much, South by Southwest,” said Usher before making his exit.

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.



  1. R&B4life

    THE KING!!!!!


  2. Usher Makes Surprise Appearance at SXSW :: The Lava Lizard

    [...] Thanks Rap-Up! [...]

  3. X

    KING! great performance


  4. yaya

    People better stop disrespecting the KANGGG! Usher did his thang and when he went acapella, i almost died.



    Ram Ranch / An absolute masterpiece. ‘Ram Ranch’ is truly lightning in a bottle. Clayton Delaney / RDIO


  6. gina

    He’s the damn KING! He killed it!


  7. Hov

    props to usher


  8. philly11

    My baby!! I love this man


  9. Usher Joins Afghan Whigs To Perform ‘Climax’ | Video – « Red Zin A&E

    [...] SXSW 2013 Reviews: Green Day, Depeche Mode, The Flaming Lips, Usher Consequence of Sound Usher Surprises at SXSW, Sends ‘Positive Energy’ to Lil Wayne The FADER -Global Grind -Cincinnati CityBeat all 33 news [...]

  10. Max

    BEST R&B performer right now!


  11. Lou

    Uh-oh. Didn’t hear Usher and EDM/Pop together this time.

    Is he finally returning to the R&B sounds?


    Usher’s voice hasnt aged one bit. (He’s 34.)
    It still sounds like he’s 24.

    The guy on the side ad banners on this page, on the other hand….


  12. || Usher Reunites with Jermaine Dupri for New Album

    [...] recently performed with Cincinnati rock band The Afghan Whigs at SXSW and has been inspired by indie acts. [...]

Leave a Reply