Live Performances

Aug
31
Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, & Iggy Azalea Invade Made in America Festival

Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar

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.

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Aug
30
Tinashe Performs ‘Pretend’ in Paris

Tinashe

With her DJ Mustard-produced single “2 On” already a hit in the U.S., Tinashe brought her campaign overseas to Europe.

In addition to performing at the Reading Festival and XOYO in London, the L.A. singer staged a showcase at Paris’ La Maroquinerie. She treated her European fans to the first performance of her A$AP Rocky-assisted single “Pretend,” along with her mixtape cuts “Midnight Sun,” “Vulnerable,” and “Boss.”

During her trip overseas, she also busted out some dance moves to Rae Sremmurd’s new single “No Type” in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Her debut album Aquarius arrives October 7 featuring contributions from Future, Dev Hynes, Jasper, and Stargate. Check out the cover art and tracklisting here.

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Aug
27
Drake Brings Out Bobby Shmurda at New Jersey Show

Drake and Bobby Shmurda

After doing the Shmoney Dance while hosting the ESPYS last month, Drake brought out the man himself, Bobby Shmurda, during the “Drake Vs. Lil Wayne” tour in Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday night.

The Brooklyn rapper invaded the stage with his crew and performed his street anthem “Hot Ni**a” while Drizzy did the Shmoney Dance and provided ad-libs.

“Ah ah ahh New Jersey we had fun @champagnepapi preciate the love my brother,” tweeted Bobby.

Watch him Shmurda the stage.

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Aug
23
Iggy Azalea Falls Off Stage at L.A. Show

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea is not so “Fancy.” The Australian rapper took a tumble onstage during a Lifebeat pre-VMA concert at Avalon in Hollywood on Friday. While performing her No. 1 hit with Charli XCX, she lost sight of the stage, took a step back, and hit the floor. Security ran out to pull her up and seconds later she was back on her feet and went on with the show like nothing happened.

Iggy laughed off the embarrassing moment and even posted a video of it on Instagram with a reenactment from Rita Ora’s sister Elena.

“Sorry but it would be a crime not to share this with you all, I know I laughed. #StillFinishedtheSongTho #KeptOnRapping #TheShowMustGoOn,” said Iggy.

She was also joined on stage by Rita Ora for “Black Widow,” while her “Booty” collaborator J.Lo was in the balcony cheering her on.

Watch I-G-G-Y take a F-A-L-L.

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Aug
15
Teyana Taylor Opens for August Alsina at ‘Testimony Live’ Tour

Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor joined August Alsina on the first stop of his “Testimony Live” tour in Seattle on Thursday night. The First Lady of G.O.O.D. Music had the ladies singing along to her cover of Drake’s “Marvins Room” and serenaded one lucky—and very excited—male fan with her single “Maybe.”

The Harlem singer also debuted new material off her upcoming album VII, due October 21.

“Seattle!!!! U guys are fuckin great!!!!!!” tweeted Teyana. “I had such an amazing time tonight! Thanks for showing me love & vibe’n wit me!”

The “Testimony Live” tour continues through September 21, with stops in San Francisco, L.A., Houston, Atlanta, Boston, and New York.

Check out some footage from opening night below.

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Aug
14
Drake and Lil Wayne Bring Out 50 Cent on Tour

G-Unit

Young Money and G-Unit joined forces in Hartford, Conn. last night. After sharing the stage with Drake at OVO Fest, 50 Cent surprised the crowd during the latest stop on the “Drake Vs. Lil Wayne” tour at the XFINITY Theatre. 50 had the place rocking to “In Da Club,” while Weezy and Drizzy got super hype.

“Just popped out on Drake VS. Wayne Great show,” said 50.

Backstage, he was also joined by his fellow G-Unit members Young Buck and Kidd Kidd.

Weezy was chosen to open the show by fans using the Drake Vs. Lil Wayne app, but the Hartford audience gave Drake the victory, bringing the tour tally to 3-2 in Wayne’s favor.

Watch Curtis crash the stage.

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Aug
9
Drake and Lil Wayne Face Off at Tour Kickoff

Lil Wayne and Drake

Round 1. The student (Drake) went head-to-head with the teacher (Lil Wayne) on opening night of the “Drake Vs. Lil Wayne” tour, which kicked off in Buffalo, New York, on Friday. The YMCMB all-stars brought their battle to the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in a video game-inspired showdown.

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