Live Performances

Jul
24
J. Cole Brings Out Drake, Kendrick Lamar at L.A. Show

J. Cole and Drake

Grand opening, grand closing. J. Cole capped off his second annual “Dollar & A Dream” tour with a bang.

Following sold-out shows in London, New York, Miami, Raleigh, and Chicago, the Roc Nation MC performed two back-to-back shows at L.A.’s Belasco Theater on Wednesday night. His Dreamvillains lined up for hours to get their hands on the coveted $1 tickets, and they got much more than they paid for.

In addition to performing his 5-year-old mixtape The Warm Up in its entirety, Cole surprised the crowd by bringing out Drake, who performed “Trophies,” “0 to 100,” and “Worst Behavior.”

“These are the only two kings in the game right now on stage,” said Drizzy as he stood alongside Cole.

During his second show, L.A.’s own Kendrick Lamar joined Cole onstage for “Poetic Justice,” “Backseat Freestyle,” and “m.A.A.d city.”

If you weren’t lucky enough to score a ticket, check out some footage below.

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Jul
22
Jhené Aiko Performs Acoustic Version of ‘To Love & Die’

Jhené Aiko

As she prepares to hit the road, Jhené Aiko has shared some footage from her rehearsals. Joined by her guitarist Jeff, the L.A. songstress performs an acoustic rendition of her Cocaine 80s-assisted single “To Love & Die” as well as her Sail Out cuts “Stay Ready (What a Life)” and “The Worst.”

Jhené will join The Weeknd on his four-city “King of the Fall” tour, which kicks off September 19 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Prior to the tour launch, she will release her full-length debut Souled Out. Just last week, she dropped her new single “The Pressure.”

See her stripped-down set below.

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Jul
16
J. Cole Brings ‘Dollar & A Dream’ Tour to NYC

J. Cole

In honor of the 5th anniversary of his seminal mixtape The Warm Up, J. Cole brought his second annual “Dollar & A Dream Tour” to NYC with two back-to-back shows at Highline Ballroom on Tuesday night.

Fans were given the location on Twitter earlier in the day and lined up in the rain to get their hands on the coveted $1 tickets.

It didn’t take long before both shows were sold out. “congrats to those that got a wristband. i’m sorry to those that didn’t, I wish you could rock with me 2,” tweeted Cole.

He performed The Warm Up in its entirety including crowd favorites “Grown Simba” and “Lights Please.”

Following the kickoff show in London earlier this month, the tour continues to Miami (7/17), Raleigh (7/19), Chicago (7/21), and L.A. (7/23).

Cole recently welcomed 20-year-old South Central rapper Cozz to the Dreamville family.

Dreamville’s Bas, who is opening for him on tour, just dropped a video for “Charles De Gaulle to JFK” off his debut EP Last Winter.

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Jul
14
Action Bronson Raps Inside Port-a-Potty

Action Bronson

When nature calls, Action Bronson answers…even if it’s in the middle of a show.

The Blue Chips rapper was performing “Shiraz” at the Ottawa Bluesfest over the weekend and had to take a bathroom break. But instead of stopping the show, he made his way to the Port-a-Potties with mic in hand. The crowd looked on in disbelief as he proceeded to rap while taking care of business.

After emerging to applause (and even using a paper towel to open the door), he posed for a photo with a fan before continuing on like a boss.

“JUST BODIED OTTAWA!!! FUCK THE AUTHORITY!!!!!” he tweeted.

Apparently, this is not the first time he’s done this. In 2012, he pulled the same stunt at a Minneapolis concert.

Watch his incredible act below.

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Jul
12
Jay Z, J. Cole Join Jay Electronica at Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Jay Electronica and Jay Z

The Roc was in the building at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival on Saturday. Jay Electronica celebrated the 10th anniversary by bringing out some special guests during his headlining set.

Mac Miller joined the New Orleans rapper for “Suplexes Inside of Complexes and Duplexes,” and J. Cole and Talib Kweli thrilled the crowd with their collaboration “Just Begun.”

But the real surprise was when his Roc Nation boss, Jay Z, blessed the stage.

“Feels good to be home,” said Hov, who was headed to his “On the Run” concert with Beyoncé at MetLife Stadium.

The two performed “Shiny Suit Theory,” “We Made It (Freestyle),” “Young, Gifted, & Black,” and “Public Service Announcement.”

“Put your diamonds in the sky and let it be known from this day forward, this is the new black national anthem,” said Jay Electronica.

Before leaving, Jay Z took off his Five-Percent Nation chain and handed it to Jay E.

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Jul
11
Eminem Brings Out Dr. Dre at Wembley Stadium

Eminem

Eminem made hip-hop history by becoming the first rapper to headline Wembley Stadium in London on Friday night.

Following sets from Danny Brown and Odd Future, the Detroit icon performed hit after hit during his first of two shows at the 90,000-capacity venue, his first London show since 2001.

But the highlight of the evening was when he brought out his mentor, Dr. Dre. The billionaire Beats founder joined him for his classics including “Still D.R.E.,” “Next Episode,” “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang,” and “Forgot About Dre.”

Starting August 7, Em will tour stadiums in the U.S. with Rihanna on his three-city “Monster Tour,” which kicks off at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Watch the rap gods share the stage.

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Jul
11
Danity Kane Performs at Universal CityWalk

Danity Kane

Danity Kane stepped out on the stage for the first time as a trio on Thursday. Dawn Richard, Aubrey O’Day, and Shannon Bex performed a free concert for their fans at 5 Towers at Universal CityWalk, their first show since Aundrea Fimbres left the group. The ladies looked fierce in flesh-toned bodysuits and thigh-high boots as they whipped the crowd into a frenzy.

They performed their hits “Show Stopper” and “Damaged” along with new material including “All in a Day’s Work” and “Lemonade.”

“To our wonderful fans, ya’ll had our backs for so long,” said Aubrey. “Ya’ll dealt with all the chaos and ya’ll still stand here.”

Just last month, the ladies said farewell to fourth member Aundrea during a show at the L.A. PRIDE Festival in West Hollywood.

See DK3 leave it all on the stage.

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