Live Performances

Jun
2
Wiz Khalifa Debuts ‘Can’t Be Stopped’ in ‘Mortal Kombat X’ Trailer

Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa is kicking ass and taking names. The Taylor Gang boss provides the soundtrack to the upcoming video game Mortal Kombat X. While two players fight to the finish in the graphic trailer, Wiz’ new song “Can’t Be Stopped” plays in the background.

“You try to be brave and step up, but your crew is too scary / Plus I’m too legendary,” he raps over the sound of crunching bones.

It’s unknown if the track will appear on his upcoming album Blacc Hollywood, due later this summer.

Last night, Wiz hit the stage at Hot 97 Summer Jam and brought out Snoop Dogg to perform “The Next Episode” and “Young, Wild, & Free.”

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Jun
2
50 Cent Reunites with G-Unit at Summer Jam

G-Unit

While Nicki Minaj brought out Drake and Lil Wayne, 50 Cent staged a family reunion of his own at Summer Jam on Sunday.

During the end of Nas’ set, 50 appeared to perform “I Get Money” with some help from his fellow Queens rapper.

Following their public fallout, 50 brought his fellow G-Unit members Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, and Young Buck onstage for their first group performance since 2008. They ran through hits including “On Fire,” “So Seductive,” and “I Smell Pu**y.”

“The Unit is back,” said Yayo to the crowd of 50,000 at MetLife Stadium.

Trey Songz also joined the G-Unit captain for his Animal Ambition single “Smoke,” Yo Gotti guested on “Don’t Worry ‘Bout It,” and Fabolous debuted the 50-assisted remix to “Cuffin Season.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, thanks for coming out. I love you,” said 50.

Watch Curtis and company command the stage.

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Jun
2
Nicki Minaj Brings Out Drake, Lil Wayne at Summer Jam

Drake, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj

It was a Young Money reunion during Nicki Minaj’s set at Hot 97 Summer Jam on Sunday. Following an introduction from on-air personality Peter Rosenberg, the rap queen hit the stage with some special guests including Drake and Lil Wayne.

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May
28
SZA and Kendrick Lamar Perform ‘Babylon’

Kendrick Lamar and SZA

SZA brought her Z EP to life during an intimate show at Red Bull Studios in L.A. last night. TDE’s first lady performed the project in full alongside some special guests including Kendrick Lamar, who joined her for the first performance of their duet “Babylon.”

Mac Miller also hit the stage for “Ur,” one of two songs he produced for Z.

“Thank you to the fucking incredible @MacMiller for grabbing that guitar and playing ‘UR’ on the spot like an angel <3 bless you love,” tweeted SZA.

REVOLT was on the scene and captured footage. Watch below.

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May
26
Rita Ora Covers ‘Drunk in Love’ at BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend

Rita Ora

Cigars on ice. Rita Ora paid homage to her friend and idol Beyoncé with a cover of “Drunk in Love” during BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend in Glasgow on Saturday. Rocking colorful braids and a jumpsuit from her adidas collection, the blonde Brit performed her version of Bey’s hit as the audience sang and snapped along.

She also covered Coldplay’s “Magic” and performed new material off her upcoming sophomore album including “Get a Little Closer,” “Touch the Sky,” and “I Will Never Let You Down.”

In addition to Rita, her boyfriend Calvin Harris, Pharrell, and Katy Perry shared the bill at the weekend festival.

Check out her cover and full set below.

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May
18
J.Lo, Wiz Khalifa, YG, Trey Songz, & ScHoolboy Q Perform at PowerHouse 2014

Jennifer Lopez

Hip-hop and R&B’s biggest stars packed the Honda Center in Anaheim for the biggest West Coast concert of the year, PowerHouse 2014. Presented by L.A. radio station Power 106, Saturday’s star-studded lineup featured everyone from Jennifer Lopez to YG.

Sage the Gemini kicked things off with special guest Iamsu! followed by Juicy J, who turned the stage into a strip club with his turn-up anthems.

Trey Songz serenaded the ladies with his latest Trigga singles including “Na Na,” plus a cover of Chris Brown’s “Loyal” and his remix to Kid Ink’s “Show Me.”

Ahead of her performance at the Billboard Music Awards, Jennifer Lopez delivered a dance-heavy retrospective of hits including “I’m Real,” “Jenny From the Block,” and “Get Right.” She also premiered her new Diplo-produced song “Big Booty” off her upcoming album A.K.A., due June 17.

Nicki Minaj took it back to her mixtape days, performing with only a DJ, and brought out Soulja Boy for their collaboration “Yasss Bish!!!” (Watch her complete set here).

ScHoolboy Q and Isaiah Rashad repped for TDE, and Wiz Khalifa tore up the stage with “We Dem Boyz.”

With some help from DJ Mustard, YG closed out the evening with his West Coast bangers and some OG guests including Kurupt, Daz, and Warren G.

Earlier in the day, Iggy Azalea headlined the “New@2″ outdoor stage, performing her hit “Fancy,” and L.A.’s own Tinashe turned up the heat with her single “2 On.”

If you missed the live stream, catch some of the performances below.

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May
18
Nicki Minaj Performs at PowerHouse 2014

Nicki Minaj

It was all about Nicki at Power 106′s PowerHouse 2014 at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday night. Following sets from Jennifer Lopez, Trey Songz, and ScHoolboy Q, the head Barb commanded the stage with a stripped-down set that showcased her hip-hop roots.

A sound bite of Denzel Washington from Training Day played before Nicki emerged from the smoke to “Lookin Ass.” Wearing a Chromat cage bra, red Brian Lichtenberg skirt, and Guiseppi Zanotti ambush boots, the sexy rapper continued with “Chi-Raq” and her remix to “Danny Glover.”

When she was asked to perform at PowerHouse, Nicki told the crowd that she wasn’t prepared and wanted to stand out from fellow performers like J.Lo, Trey Songz, and Juicy J.

“I said what can I do? So I said, ‘Fuck it.’ I’ma go back to my mixtape days and come out with a motherfuckin’ DJ,” she said. “‘Cause there’s one thing they can’t do and that’s be the motherfuckin’ queen of hip-hop.”

Surprise guest Soulja Boy joined her for her latest song “Yasss Bish” before Nicki took it back with her biggest hits including “Super Bass,” “Starships,” and “Moment 4 Life.”

Watch her 30-minute set below.

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