Sep
1
Pharrell Williams Spreads Sunshine at Made in America Festival

Pharrell

Like a gust of wind, Pharrell Williams stormed the stage on Day 2 of the Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia on Sunday. Despite the wet weather, which delayed his set about an hour, The Neptunes hitmaker spread some sunshine with his feel-good hits. Wearing a red bandana and red Bee Line x Timberland boots, he opened with “Lose Yourself to Dance.”

He and his all-female dancers, the Baes, grooved to his G I R L singles “Come Get It Bae” and “Marilyn Monroe,” and took it back with some classics including “Frontin’” and “Rock Star.”

“I’m really disappointed that they did not let the press back out here to see what it looks like in Philadelphia for 100,000 people to be happy at one time,” he said before closing with “Happy.”

Watch Skateboard P’s 50-minute set below.

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Sep
1
ILoveMakonnen Signs to Drake’s OVO Sound

Drake and ILoveMakonnen

Drake has added another member to the OVO family. ILoveMakonnen has officially signed to OVO Sound.

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Sep
1
Beyoncé and Jay Z Cozy Up at Made in America Festival

Jay Z and Beyoncé

Beyoncé and Jay Z are shutting the divorce rumors all the way down. Following their appearance at the MTV VMAs, the Carters cozied up on Day 2 of the Budweiser Made in America Festival in L.A. on Sunday. In between sets from Rita Ora, Chance the Rapper, and Cypress Hill, the Roc Nation mogul was spotted on the grounds at Grand Park.

Clad in his “OTR” tour gear and a hat, he joined the crowd while watching Steve Aoki’s EDM set alongside his wife and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The couple also made its way to the main stage to check out John Mayer and Kanye West on the steps of City Hall. While watching from a balcony, Jay wrapped his arms around Mrs. Carter, who lovingly gazed into her husband’s eyes.

During one of his famous rants, Kanye acknowledged Jay’s role in putting the festival together. “I don’t want to go over the top with it out of respect for my big homie Jay Z,” said ‘Ye.

Jay celebrated a successful end to the first-ever L.A. festival and third annual Philly fest. “L.A. the people have spoken! No major incidents just GREAT music. 70k 2 days. Philly 3x Made in America. In the heart of both cities! 90k,” he tweeted.

See more pics of the Carters showing PDA at MIA.

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Aug
31
Kid Cudi Faints During Chicago Concert

Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi scared his fans during his set at Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival on Saturday. The Cleveland rapper was signing an autograph in the front row when he suddenly passed out. He fell back and hit the floor, but luckily security was there to pick him up and carry him backstage.

Cudi returned to Twitter to assure his fans that he was OK.

“Mad love to the security who were there and helped me out tonight. Really awesome dudes! Thanx for nursing me back to health,” he said. “Ill do a better and make sure to eat properly on show days :) scouts honor!”

Watch the scary moment below.

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Aug
31
Video: Ray J f/ Migos – ‘ATM’

Ray J

Cash in, cash out. Ray J takes over the club in the video for his single “ATM” featuring Migos. All the ladies have their eyes on him as he makes his way through VIP, but it’s the head of his all-female security team who ends up falling for him.

“Hopefully her legs are open like an ATM by the end of the video and I can cash in and cash out,” Ray J told Rap-Up TV.

He was also joined on set by the “Versace” trio. “We’re big fans of their music and they’ve been exploding on their own path and they’ve just built a crazy fan base,” said Ray J. “The homies told me to get with ‘em and they was down, so it was just magic.”

Ray J released his mixtape Ray J Unkut 2 last month and will star on VH1′s “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood,” premiering September 15.

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Aug
31
Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, & Iggy Azalea Invade Made in America Festival

Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar

The Budweiser Made in America Festival touched down in Philadelphia and Los Angeles over Labor Day weekend. The two-day concert event returned to Philly’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday and brought with it an all-star lineup including J. Cole and Kanye West, who closed out the Day 1 festivities with “Black Skinhead,” “Runaway,” and “New Slaves.”

On the West Coast, Hit-Boy and YG repped for their hometown crowds. Fans filled the streets of downtown L.A. to catch the Compton rapper performing his hits including “My Hitta” and “Who Do You Love,” with DJ Mustard on the turntables.

Fresh off her VMA performance, Iggy Azalea graced the steps of L.A.’s City Hall with “Pussy,” “Fancy,” and “Black Widow,” on which she was joined by fellow blonde bombshell Rita Ora.

As the temperature cooled down, TDE came and conquered the main stage with Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q. Kendrick Lamar capped off the 75-minute set with “Poetic Justice” and “m.A.A.d city,” and brought out Q for “Collard Greens.”

SZA, Rita Ora, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, and Kanye West will close out Day 2 in L.A., while Pharrell and YG take on Philly.

Watch the performances and see backstage photos from Day 1 below.

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Aug
31
Rihanna Does the Shmoney Dance on a Yacht

Rihanna

We’ve seen Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and Drake all do the Shmoney Dance. And now Rihanna has blessed us with some footage of herself getting down to Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Nigga.” Fresh off “The Monster Tour” with Eminem, a bikini-clad RiRi filmed herself and her BFFs Melissa Forde and LeLe Boo smoking and dancing to the Brooklyn rapper’s hit while on a yacht.

“Shmoneyyyy #YachtEdition @leleboo_phucku #Robynnn @bobby_shmurda,” wrote Melissa Forde.

On Saturday, RiRi celebrated the ninth anniversary of her debut album Music of the Sun. “Thanks to all of you who’ve supported me throughout the years!” tweeted a grateful Rihanna. “I cant believe, already 9 yrs! I owe it to you man.”

She is reportedly working on a new album and has called upon hitmakers including Elijah Blake and DJ Mustard, who produced a ballad. “It’s not like anything you’ve ever heard from me before,” the West Coast hitmaker told Rap-Up TV.

Watch RiRi get her Shmoney Dance on.

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