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Jan
2
Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian Perform ‘Battle Scars’ on ‘Fallon’

Guy Sebastian and Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco kicked off his new year by hitting up “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” With some help from Guy Sebastian and The Roots, the Chicago rapper performed “Battle Scars” off his Grammy-nominated album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1.

In November, he deleted all his tweets, but promised to return in 2013.

Until then, get your Lupe fix below.

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Nov
5
Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, & will.i.am Star on ‘The Cleveland Show’

will.i.am, Nicki Minaj, and Kenny West

It’s been long rumored that a secret society controlling pop culture exists and it was finally exposed last night on Fox’s “The Cleveland Show.” Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, will.i.am, and The Roots’ ?uestlove lent their voices to the season premiere of the animated series.

In the episode, entitled “Menace II Secret Society,” Cleveland discovers the hip-hop Illuminati fronted by Kanye, reprising his role as Kenny West. After growing tired of his antics (“His ego got out of control, and this is coming from rappers,” says will.i.am), his fellow members plot to end his career with some help from Cleveland, who sets him up with his son Cleveland Jr. and his polka band. Will Kenny’s legacy be tarnished or will the plan backfire?

There are also several musical moments from the animated gang and some quotables from Kanye. Catch the full episode below.

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Nov
3
Christina Aguilera Jams with The Roots on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots

Christina Aguilera stopped by “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” for a one-of-a-kind performance on Friday. Accompanied by Jimmy and The Roots, the blonde-and-pink-haired pop diva belted out her single “Your Body” with nothing but office supplies as instruments.

In addition to holding down vocals, Xtina punched a stapler as Jimmy tapped keys on his iPhone, ?uestlove beat a pencil against coffee pots, and James Poyser tore paper. Other instruments included a Poland Spring water cooler jug, keyboard, scissors, and tissue box.

Check out their creative jam session below.

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Oct
2
Kendrick Lamar Performs ‘Swimming Pools’ on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

Kendrick Lamar

Like Frank Ocean and A$AP Rocky before him, Kendrick Lamar made his TV performance debut on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday night. Wearing a black TDE hoodie, the new king of the West Coast dived right in with his single “Swimming Pools (Drank)” along with some help from ?uestlove and The Roots.

“This for everybody to understand me, I need you to recognize my plan B is to win your hearts before I win a Grammy,” said the Compton MC before performing the cut off his debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, due October 22.

Less than 24 hours after its release to iTunes, the album pre-order is already No. 2 on the Hip-Hop/Rap Albums chart and No. 12 overall.

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Aug
21
A$AP Rocky Performs ‘Goldie’ on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

A$AP Rocky

After canceling his appearance last month due to his arrest, A$AP Rocky made up for his missed performance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday night. Looking fresh in all white with Timberlands, Pretty Flacko jammed with The Roots on “Goldie,” the first single off his upcoming debut LongLiveA$AP.

The Harlem MC will drop the A$AP Mob album Lords Never Worry on August 28 and head out on the “LongLiveA$AP” tour with ScHoolboy Q and Danny Brown beginning September 21.

Watch Rocky rock late night below.

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Aug
18
2 Chainz Performs with The Roots on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

2 Chainz

2 Chainz capped off his release week by hitting up “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Swagged out in all gray with two chains around his neck, Deuce performed a medley of “No Lie” and “Spend It” with some help from The Roots. His solo debut Based on a T.R.U. Story will enter at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week with 130-140,000 copies sold. Later this month, he will kick off his national headlining tour. Click here for tour dates.

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Jul
25
Nelly Visits ‘Late Night,’ Performs ‘Hot in Herre’ with The Roots

Nelly

Nelly has been keeping a low profile lately, but he returned to the spotlight on Tuesday night. The St. Louis rapper paid a visit to “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to promote his role as a mentor on The CW’s music competition series “The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep.” He reminisced on his job as a UPS worker and admitted to watching reality shows including “Bridezillas” and “Duck Dynasty.”

Earlier this month, Nelly released his Chris Brown-assisted single “Marry Go Round” and has been in the studio finishing his new album M.O., due later this year. “I represent my family, my city, myself at all times, so M.O. explains it all,” he said of the title.

To cap things off, he hit the stage for an impromptu performance of “Hot in Herre,” with some help from The Roots and Jimmy Fallon.

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