Kendrick Lamar Performs ‘i’ at Cavaliers Season Opener

Kendrick Lamar

Before the Cleveland Cavaliers took on the New York Knicks, Kendrick Lamar kicked off NBA opening night on TNT with a bang.

Following an introduction from Kevin Hart, the TDE all-star celebrated LeBron James’ return to Cleveland by performing his new single “i” in front of the Quicken Loans Arena as part of TNT’s free “Coming Home” concert, which also featured Imagine Dragons.

Cavs co-owner Usher later took the court to sing the national anthem as Justin Bieber, David Beckham, and Spike Lee looked on.

Watch K-Dot set it off in Cleveland.

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Rap-Up TV: T.I. Talks Iggy Azalea vs. Nicki Minaj, Hustle Gang Tour

T.I. has an ear for talent. The Hustle Gang chief, who signed B.o.B and Travi$ Scott, knew he was onto something big when he discovered a blonde Australian rapper named Iggy Azalea. Since then, Iggy has taken over the charts and become a global sensation, but Tip always saw it coming.

“As soon as I seen her, I seen it,” he told Rap-Up TV of his “Fancy” protégée.

He offers her advice, but she doesn’t always take it. “She has an incredible vision for herself,” said Tip. “She sees things that none of us can see. At the end of the day, the final say will lie in what Iggy Azalea feels is appropriate for her legacy.”

While she has experienced some bumps along the way, T.I. has been impressed with the way she’s been dealing with her newfound fame. “All in all, I think she’s handling herself like a G just simply because she’s not jumping off the Empire State Building,” he said. “With the amount of pressure being put on her, the amount of demands, and all the different directions she’s being pulled so many times a day, I think she’s handling herself very well and staying grounded and true to who she is.”

She’s been pitted against Nicki Minaj, but Tip says there’s no real beef, and even left the door open to a collaboration.

“That is something that me and Lil Wayne, we maybe could broker,” he said. “If Nicki agrees to it, I would definitely massage the ears of my young Azalean. She never had a real problem with Nicki. I think it’s just a female competition thing. And I don’t even think Nicki really, really has a problem with Iggy. I think they’re both like, ‘There’s only enough room for one bad bitch at a time.’ I think it’s more that than someone genuinely not liking someone else.”

While he works on bringing the ladies together, he is also trying to put together a Hustle Gang tour. “I’m trying to work on a B.o.B, T.I., Iggy Azalea, Travi$ Scott—I’m trying to do a Hustle Gang tour,” he said. “It’s very ambitious. We’ll see.”

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T.I. Performs ‘No Mediocre’ on ‘The Queen Latifah Show’


With his ninth album Paperwork sitting at the top of the charts, T.I. celebrated with a performance on “The Queen Latifah Show.” Accompanied by the 1500 or Nothin’ Band, the Grand Hustle chief ruled the stage with his single “No Mediocre,” dedicating it the dimes and perfect 10s.

He also spoke to Latifah about his VH1 reality show “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle” and why he decided to executive produce Oxygen’s “Sisterhood of Hip Hop.”

“Me observing and witnessing and being a part of Iggy Azalea’s career, and seeing all she went through, I know that there are others just like her and their stories are just as noteworthy and deserve to be told as well,” he said.

See the King hold court with the Queen.

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Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran Perform ‘Stay With Me’ in Manchester

Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith

Ed Sheeran joined fellow Brit Sam Smith to perform “Stay With Me” at Manchester Albert Hall last night. The crowd went wild when the red-haired crooner hit the stage for a duet on the soulful ballad off Smith’s debut album In the Lonely Hour.

“So amazing to have this KING @teddysphotos on stage with me tonight,” tweeted Smith. “Such a wise and true friend to have. Love ya brother x.”

Smith will perform at the American Music Awards on November 23 and launch his North American tour in January.

Watch the crooners come together.

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Video: Faith Evans f/ Problem – ‘Good Time’

Good Time

The party continues. After celebrating ladies’ night with Missy Elliott and Sharaya J on “I Deserve It,” Faith Evans hits the club with Problem in the feel-good video for “Good Time.” The First Lady turns up and gets her two-step on, while DJ Battle Cat rocks the ones and twos.

“We all need to have a good time,” sings Faith over the West Coast-flavored track.

On November 24, she will release her sixth album Incomparable featuring appearances from Keke Wyatt, Karen Clark-Sheard, and more.

Report to the dance floor immediately.

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Video: Destructo f/ Problem – ‘Dare You 2 Move’

Problem and Destructo

After tearing up the town with YG in the video for “Party Up,” Destructo does damage with Problem in the video for “Dare You 2 Move.” The Compton MC rides shotgun with the DJ-producer as they cruise through downtown L.A. in a classic convertible while channeling gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. They peruse the aisles of a grocery store, go fishing, and even blast off into outerspace—all before the sun rises.

Destructo is gearing up for the release of his West Coast EP on November 24. In addition to YG and Problem, the six tracks include appearances from Kurupt, Too $hort, Warren G, and Ty Dolla $ign.

If you’re in the L.A. area this weekend, you can catch Destructo at the HARD Day of the Dead Festival at the Pomona Fairplex.

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K. Michelle Reveals Sophomore Album Title, Release Date

Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?

After teasing fans with the hashtag #AWBAH, K. Michelle has revealed the title of her sophomore album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?

In the cinematic trailer, the R&B songstress walks through a mansion in a white dress while the violin plays. She reaches out to hug a child, but he runs away, while mean tweets and scenes from “Love & Hip Hop” show on screen.

The follow-up to her 2013 debut Rebellious Soul will arrive December 9 featuring the single “Love ‘Em All,” plus contributions from Eric Hudson, Pop & Oak, Timothy Bloom, and a surprise country duet.

“My second album is absolutely amazingly scary good, juicy, yummy,” K. Michelle told Rap-Up TV. “I wanted people to know that I am a musician. This album is so musical. I feel like it’s so ahead of its time.”

Prior to the album release, she will return to VH1 in her own reality series “K. Michelle: My Life,” premiering November 3 at 9 p.m.

Watch K’s big reveal below.

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