Live Performances

Oct
3
Kendrick Lamar Performs ‘i’ at We Day

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar took a break from recording and touched down in Toronto on Thursday for a surprise performance at We Day, the inspirational and educational youth empowerment event. TDE’s MVP had the crowd of 20,000 youth and educators clapping along while performing his new single “i” for the first time at the Air Canada Centre.

“This is a celebration right now. We Day, ya’ll did it,” said K-Dot.

In addition to Kendrick, Big Sean, Nelly Furtado, Joe Jonas, and Selena Gomez also took part in the star-studded event.

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Oct
1
Prince Brings Out Kendrick Lamar at Album Release Show

Kendrick Lamar and Prince

Prince celebrated the release of his two new albums, Art Official Age and 3RDEYEGIRL’s PLECTRUMELECTRUM, at his Paisley Park studio in Minneapolis on Tuesday. The two-hour event, which was streamed live on Yahoo!, included a behind-the-scenes tour of the 65,000-square-foot facility and a 20-minute live set from the Purple One.

Kendrick Lamar made a surprise appearance near the end of Prince’s first song of the night. The Compton rapper emerged to perform a new verse while rocking alongside 3RDEYEGIRL and Prince.

“Look in my eyes / Tell me you want me / Tell me you see me / I know you haunt me / I know you love me,” rapped K-Dot.

During the festivities, Prince also previewed a snippet of his grungy collaboration with Rita Ora, which can be heard below.

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Sep
28
Lil’ Kim Joins Fabolous at New York Show

Lil' Kim

Motherhood hasn’t slowed down Lil’ Kim. In the four months since giving birth to her daughter Royal Reign, the Queen Bee has released a mixtape, performed at Barclays Center, and even come at Nicki Minaj.

On Saturday night, Kimmy Blanco joined Fabolous during his “Soul Tape 3″ concert at B.B. King’s in New York. The Brooklyn rapper treated the hometown crowd to hits including “It’s All About the Benjamins” and “Big Momma Thang.”

Fab performed his 2013 mixtape in its entirety and also brought out fellow Brooklynites Bobby Shmurda and Red Café.

Watch them rep the BK below.

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Sep
28
Jay Z and Beyoncé Perform at Global Citizen Festival

Jay Z and Beyoncé

Their “On the Run Tour” may be over, but Jay Z and Beyoncé brought their show back to life at the 3rd Annual Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday.

During her husband’s set, which aired live on MSNBC, Mrs. Carter made a surprise appearance to perform “Holy Grail.” As the crowd of 60,000 put their lighters in the air, the superstar couple dueted on “Young Forever.”

“Peace and love,” said Jay as he exited the stage with his arm around his wife.

The festival, whose goal is to end extreme poverty by 2030, also featured performances from No Doubt, The Roots, and Alicia Keys, who performed her new single “We Are Here.”

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Sep
21
Lil’ Kim Performs at The Source360 Concert

Lil' Kim

Three months after giving birth to her daughter Royal Reign, Lil’ Kim returned to Brooklyn for a special performance at The Source360 celebration concert on Saturday night. Following a montage of photos including her new Hard Core 2K14 mixtape cover, the Queen Bee stormed the stage at Barclays Center with her 2011 mixtape title track “Black Friday.”

The rap icon served up a medley of her biggest hits including “Big Momma Thang,” “It’s All About the Benjamins,” “Get Money,” and “Magic Stick,” and brought out Havoc of Mobb Deep for the remix to “Quiet Storm.”

She capped off her set with her remix to fellow Brooklynite Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Ni**a,” and busted out a mean Shmurda Dance.

“BROOKLYN!!!! Thank U for the love,” tweeted Kim. “Had to come thru and murder the stage last night to represent for my borough.”

A reunited Wu-Tang Clan also hit the stage, along with The Diplomats, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Curren$y, and Dom Kennedy.

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Sep
12
Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj Perform ‘Flawless’ Remix at ‘On the Run Tour’ in Paris

Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé

Queen Bey was joined by the queen of rap during the “On the Run Tour” in Paris on Friday. Nicki Minaj hit the stage to perform the “Flawless (Remix)” with Beyoncé for the first time live. Matching Bey in Versus Versace, Nicki spit her explosive verse as the words “curvalicious” and “delicious” appeared on the giant screen behind her.

The concert was taped for an HBO special, which will air on Saturday, September 20.

“The QUEEN, could never thank you enough,” tweeted Nicki, who posed for a selfie with Bey.

It’s rumored that the ladies are shooting a video for the song while in Paris. Nicki posted a photo of her and director Francesco Carrozzini on set.

Watch some of the concert footage below.

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Sep
4
Ariana Grande Performs National Anthem at NFL Kickoff Game

Ariana Grande

Before the Green Bay Packers took on the Seattle Seahawks, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande touched down with pre-game performances at Thursday’s NFL season opener.

Rocking a rhinestone-studded Seahawks jersey, the pop diva belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the field while both teams looked on from the sidelines.

“Your rendition got the best of us. At least the important one of us got it right. #Kickoff2014FauxPas,” tweeted the Seahawks, who were down 3-7 in the first quarter.

Ariana’s sophomore album My Everything topped the charts this week with 169,000 copies, becoming her second No. 1 album in less than a year.

Her boyfriend Big Sean congratulated her, writing, “2 #1 albums within a year! Congrats to Ari.”

Watch Ariana soar with her patriotic performance.

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