Live Performances

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 BeyoncĂ© 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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Jul
6
Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora Perform ‘Black Widow’ at Wireless Festival

Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora

During her trip across the pond for the Wireless Festival, Iggy Azalea linked up with Rita Ora for the first performance of “Black Widow.” The Aussie rapper, whose single “Fancy” remains No. 1 for a sixth week in the U.S., welcomed the blonde Brit to the stage during her set at London’s Finsbury Park on Friday.

“You jealous? You should be! #icouldnthelpmyself @thenewclassic #sorryNick!!!” said Rita, who kneeled down and struck a raunchy pose alongside Iggy.

The song, co-written by Katy Perry and produced by Benny Blanco and Stargate, follows “Fancy” as the next single off Iggy’s album The New Classic. A video has already been shot.

Watch the ladies perform it live.

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Jul
5
Nicki Minaj Lights Up Philly 4th of July Jam

Nicki Minaj

The fireworks weren’t the only thing lighting up the night on the 4th of July. Nicki Minaj helped America celebrate its birthday with an explosive performance at the Philly 4th of July Jam at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Friday.

Following performances from Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson, and Philly’s own The Roots, the leader of the Barbz stormed the stage at the free fourth annual concert, which aired live on VH1.

Showing plenty of skin in a bra and black leather sweatpants, she opened with “Super Bass” and continued with her Pink Print single “Pills N Potions.” Her Barbz sang along to “Yasss Bish!!” and Nicki threw in some of her older hits including “Did It On ‘Em” and “Beez in the Trap.”

“Ya’ll know this has always been one of my favorite places to be,” she told her Philly fans, who lined up for hours to see her. “Since before my first album dropped everybody knows that I love ya’ll, I love your energy.”

She also treated the crowd to a rare performance of her Roman Reloaded cut “Freedom,” and declared her own independence.

“Happy birthday America,” said Nicki. “Today we’re free from everybody that tried to hold us back last year. ‘Cause if they didn’t succeed last year, they not gon’ succeed this year.”

She capped off her 20-minute set with the crowd favorite “Moment 4 Life.”

Watch Nicki celebrate the 4th in Philly.

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