SXSW

Mar
15
Kendrick Lamar, Usher, Pharrell, & T.I. Invade SXSW for ‘BET Music Matters’

Pharrell, T.I., Tiny, and Usher

BET and ASCAP teamed up to celebrate music’s fresh faces at the “BET Music Matters Showcase” during SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Thursday. T.I. headlined the concert, which featured performances from some of today’s rising stars including ScHoolboy Q, Bridget Kelly, BJ the Chicago Kid, Lecrae, and Joey Bada$$.

Chrisette Michele hit the stage to perform new material off her upcoming album Better. The evening capped off with a performance from Tip. In addition to staging his biggest hits, he brought out some special guests including Trae Tha Truth, Kendrick Lamar for “Memories Back Then,” and Pharrell, who danced onstage during “What You Know.”

Backstage, the King held court with his wife Tiny and pals including Usher and Pharrell.

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Mar
15
T.I., Pusha T, MGK, and Trinidad James Attend 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards

T.I. and Travi$ Scott

Music’s breakout acts and established stars crashed into Austin, Texas, for the 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards during South by Southwest on Thursday. Machine Gun Kelly shared hosting duties with sister duo Tegan & Sara, while Trinidad James and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit the stage to perform. T.I. even surprised the crowd by joining his Hustle Gang affiliate Travi$ Scott onstage.

Winners included The Weeknd (FOMO Woodie), Earl Sweatshirt (Breaking Woodie), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Branching Out Woodie), and Machine Gun Kelly, who took home Woodie of the Year.

“Who said dreams don’t come true muthafucka!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you all so much!!!!” tweeted the Bad Boy rapper after his victory.

The half-hour mtvU Woodie Awards special airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on MTV and mtvU.

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Mar
20
Nardwuar Interviews A$AP Rocky at SXSW

Nardwuar vs. A$AP Rocky

Nardwuar is back at it. The quirky Canadian caught up with A$AP Rocky and his A$AP Mob in Austin, Texas, during SXSW. Pretty Flacko introduced the members of his crew and was surprised by Nardwuar’s knowledge of obscure facts from his past. A$AP shared his love for Angie Martinez and other female rappers, how he found the girl in the “Wassup” video, and getting inspiration from sex, while Nardwuar presented him with vinyls from Cam’ron and Harlem World. Watch the crew show love to Nardwuar.

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Mar
19
Dawn Richard Covers Prince, Frank Ocean at SXSW Showcase

Dawn Richard

With a week to go before the release of her EP Armor On, Dawn Richard brought her live show to the frontlines of SXSW with an intimate set at Cielo in Austin. The Hearts leader commanded the stage with her interlude “Change” mixed with Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” and also reprised her remix of Frank Ocean’s “Novacane.” Also check out the promo photo for the EP’s first single “Bombs,” inspired by her New Orleans heritage.

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Mar
18
A$AP Rocky Gets Into Brawl at SXSW [Video]

A$AP Mob

Don’t mess with the A$AP Mob. That’s what some concertgoers learned during A$AP Rocky’s performance at SXSW in Austin, Texas, over the weekend. According to Fuse, 15 minutes into the Harlem rapper’s set at the Vice party, one of the members of his crew had his bandana taken, prompting A$AP to stop the show to find out who took it.

Moments later, someone in the audience lobbed a full beer can onstage, nearly striking a member of Rocky’s crew.

“Yo, whoever just hit my brother with that, I will fuck you up,” threatened A$AP before trying to hunt down the culprit. “Don’t throw nothing no more.”

After cooling down, he tried to keep the peace and restrain his crew from retaliating. “Please don’t throw nothing at us because we don’t want to end this early. We want to have fun,” he said.

He issued a stern warning that if something other than water was thrown again, the Mob would come after them. Before he could finish his sentence, another beer came flying onstage. He and his crew immediately dove into the crowd as partygoers ran for the doors, while others tried to capture the moment on their phones. Police quickly shut down the event as the brawl ensued.

Watch it all go down below.

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Mar
18
Nas Gets Nostalgic at VEVO SXSW Show

Nas

Nas brought a New York State of Mind to Texas, transforming Austin’s Moody Theater into his old Queens stomping ground, complete with graffitied streets and housing projects, during his VEVO concert at SXSW. The hip-hop vet performed material from his 1994 debut Illmatic, rocking with longtime collaborators Pete Rock and DJ Premier. AZ joined him on “Life’s a Bitch” and The Firm’s “Phone Tap.”

Fresh off debuting his Heavy D-assisted single “The Don” last week, Nas performed it in front of a live audience for the first time. In a Q&A with Steve Stoute at the festival, Nas revealed that his 10th album Life Is Good will be released in late May/June.

Watch highlights from his nostalgic set below.

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Mar
18
Rick Ross Invades Fader Fort at SXSW

Rick Ross

The Bawse took charge at The FADER FORT during SXSW. Rick Ross commanded the stage in Austin, Texas, with his bossy anthems—from “Ima Boss” to “9 Piece” to “B.M.F.”

“First and foremost, this is a night we all will remember forever. Me standing here right now, there’s only one record that’s gon’ give me that feeling,” said Rozay before launching into “I’m on One.”

He brought out his Maybach Music signee Stalley for their Rich Forever mixtape collaboration “Party Heart” and dimmed the lights for “Holy Ghost.”

The Teflon Don capped off his 40-minute set with some inspirational words. “I want ya’ll to know that dreams come true,” he said. “Every boss in the game started as a motherfuckin’ worker, so build it from the ground up, do it self made, and be rich forever.”

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