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.
Jasmine V keeps her love locked down in the Gil Green-directed video for “That’s Me Right There” featuring Kendrick Lamar.
The 20-year-old L.A. songstress, who played Justin Bieber’s love interest in the “Baby” video, heats up the screen with a new man. They cozy up on the basketball court and on the hood of an old school Chevy, while Jasmine busts out some fierce moves. With a hoodie covering his eyes, King Kendrick makes a dark and mysterious cameo seated behind the wheel of a car.
“‘That’s Me Right There’ is talking about being confident in a relationship,” Jasmine told Rap-Up TV. “Basically saying you can leave your man or girl wherever and at the end of the day, nobody can take them from you.”
Jasmine was excited to collaborate with the Compton MC. “He’s amazing. So low key and he’s so quiet, but he’s such a humble guy,” she said. “I was definitely honored and blessed to be on the same set as him.”
Her debut EP is due later this summer via Interscope Records featuring contributions from Ne-Yo, Jeremih, Problem, Harmony Samuels, Sam Hook, and Soundz.
Watch the video and learn more about Jasmine in our exclusive interview below.
Gangsta boogie. Compton newcomer Hitta J3 rounds up three of his hometown homies—Problem, YG, and Kendrick Lamar—for the remix to his West Coast banger “Do Yo Gudda.” But it’s K-Dot who once again steals the show.
“Little K-Dot from the A-block and I’m Rosecrans thuggin’,” he spits.
While the world awaits his sophomore album, Kendrick Lamar blesses pop sensation Jasmine V with a verse on “That’s Me Right There,” the first single off her upcoming EP, due later this summer.
“It was amazing working with him,” Jasmine told Teen Vogue of the Compton MC. “That was like the last piece of the puzzle we needed for the EP. He’s so busy and has his own career to work on, so I was just waiting patiently for the day he was going to come.”
The 20-year-old singer, who played Justin Bieber’s leading lady in his “Baby” video, is now signed to Ester Dean’s label through Interscope. The EP marks her first project since her 2011 mixtape S(he) Be(lie)ve(d), which featured Tyga and Ryan Leslie.
Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse is still causing a rift in hip-hop. While freestyling during his “Deep Web Tour” show in Sydney, Australia over the weekend, Childish Gambino proclaimed his greatness and called out his competition including Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and ScHoolboy Q.
“I’m the best rapper, definitely top 5,” declared a shirtless Gambino. “I cut their head off, that’s every rapper living. That’s Kendrick, that’s Drake, that’s ScHoolboy, that’s everyone. I don’t give a f**k. I’ll f**king kill you ni**as.”
Fans took to social media to weigh in with their opinions. “Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Q would definitely destroy him….i like Gambino but I’m just being honest,” said one YouTube commenter, while another added, “Kendrick is mostly hype yeah the man can rap but when comes to over all music quality Gambino got him beat.”
Grand opening, grand closing. J. Cole capped off his second annual “Dollar & A Dream” tour with a bang.
Following sold-out shows in London, New York, Miami, Raleigh, and Chicago, the Roc Nation MC performed two back-to-back shows at L.A.’s Belasco Theater on Wednesday night. His Dreamvillains lined up for hours to get their hands on the coveted $1 tickets, and they got much more than they paid for.
In addition to performing his 5-year-old mixtape The Warm Up in its entirety, Cole surprised the crowd by bringing out Drake, who performed “Trophies,” “0 to 100,” and “Worst Behavior.”
“These are the only two kings in the game right now on stage,” said Drizzy as he stood alongside Cole.
During his second show, L.A.’s own Kendrick Lamar joined Cole onstage for “Poetic Justice,” “Backseat Freestyle,” and “m.A.A.d city.”
If you weren’t lucky enough to score a ticket, check out some footage below.
With his 10th album Nobody’s Smiling in stores, Common sat down with Rap-Up TV for part two of our exclusive interview. A 20-year veteran himself, the Chi-town MC weighed in on the current state of hip-hop.
“I love hip-hop. I love where hip-hop is. There’s future in hip-hop,” he said. “You always have dark, light, quality, non-quality, but there’s some quality hip-hop out there.”
He singled out the TDE camp in particular. “I can appreciate the aspects of the quality hip-hop and the freedom that I get out of artists, whether it’s Ab-Soul or Kendrick Lamar,” he said. “Their whole team does unique things.”
So can we expect a collaboration between him and the Compton MC? “Man, I would love to do a record with Kendrick,” said Common. “That album [good kid, m.A.A.d city] to me is like one of the most complete albums we’ve heard in hip-hop in a long time. It was the album that set a milestone [...] from the new era of rap artists.”
He also praised Nicki Minaj’s Chicago-inspired record “Chi-Raq.” “I love that joint. I was rockin’ it as soon as I heard it,” he said. “I think Nicki Minaj is a dope MC. She can really rhyme to me. From what she did on ‘Monster’ to now, she still is snappin’. When you hear her rap, you’re like, damn, this woman is cold. I mess with Nicki Minaj.”