SXSW

Mar
13
Jay Z and Kanye West Bring The Throne to SXSW

Jay Z and Kanye West

Jay Z and Kanye West brought their “Watch the Throne” tour back to life for one night only at Austin Music Hall during SXSW on Wednesday. The rap titans headlined an exclusive concert presented by Samsung for a crowd of 4,600 tastemakers and fans, who downloaded the Milk Music app on their Galaxy devices.

Perched atop two towering mini-stages, they kicked things off with “H.A.M.” before launching into their arsenal of Watch the Throne cuts including “Otis” and “Welcome to the Jungle,” plus their verses from Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love (Remix).”

In addition to their collaborations, each performed material off their latest albums. ‘Ye ran through his Yeezus singles “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves,” while Jay Z showcased “Tom Ford” and “Fu*kWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” off Magna Carta…Holy Grail.

After taking their solo turns, they came together once more for the grand finale of “No Church in the World” and “Ni**as in Paris.”

Catch highlights from The Throne’s SXSW set below.

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Mar
12
50 Cent Brings ‘Animal Ambition’ to SXSW

50 Cent

50 Cent kicked off South by Southwest by headlining a concert at 1100 Warehouse in Austin on Tuesday. During the live-streamed performance, presented by Hang w/, the hip-hop mogul debuted new material off his upcoming album Animal Ambition.

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Mar
10
Jay Z and Kanye West to Headline SXSW Concert

Kanye West and Jay-Z

The Throne is coming to Austin. Jay Z and Kanye West are set to co-headline a concert at South By Southwest this week.

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Mar
17
French Montana Brings Out Diddy and Macklemore at SXSW

Macklemore, Diddy, French Montana, and Chinx Drugz

French Montana closed out SXSW with an explosive set at The FADER FORT in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. The Coke Boy opened with Big Sean’s Detroit mixtape cut “Mula” and MMG’s “Actin’ Up.”

During his nearly 40-minute set, he served up his hits “Pop That” and “Ocho Cinco,” and brought out his Bad Boy boss Diddy for the remix to “Same Damn Time” and “It’s All About the Benjamins.” Macklemore even hit the stage to perform his hit “Thrift Shop.”

French is currently headlining a tour across the U.S. and will release his debut Excuse My French on May 21.

Watch his full set below.

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Mar
17
Earl Sweatshirt Makes SXSW Debut

Earl Sweatshirt

All eyes were on Earl Sweatshirt, who made his SXSW debut during several showcases in Austin, Texas, over the past week. Following in the footsteps of his fellow Odd Future members, who invaded the stage in 2011, the much-buzzed-about rapper staged a solo set at The FADER FORT on Saturday.

Wearing a yellow T-shirt that said “Knowledge Reigns,” the 19-year-old was joined by DJ Flying Lotus as he performed material off his upcoming album Doris including his Tyler, the Creator-produced single “Whoa.”

Get a preview of what to expect from Earl’s Coachella set next month.

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Mar
16
Usher Surprises at SXSW, Sends ‘Positive Energy’ to Lil Wayne

Usher

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.

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Mar
15
Solange Storms Fader Fort at SXSW

Solange

Solange pulled into Austin, Texas, for several performances during SXSW. On Thursday, she took the stage at the Fader Fort for a sizzling set consisting of material off her EP True. Sporting a green floral patterned pantsuit, the fashionista and her band, including collaborator Devonté Hynes, jammed to her crowd-pleasing single “Losing You.”

“I want to see ya’ll dance,” said Solo as the audience grooved to her funky tune.

Watch her perform “Losing You” below.

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