Live Performances

Jun
24
Nas Performs ‘Illmatic’ with Orchestra at Dave Chappelle Show

Dave Chappelle and Nas

Dave Chappelle set up shop at Radio City Music Hall for a 10-show engagement, which kicked off last week. After a surprise performance from Kanye West on Friday, the reclusive comedian brought out Nas during Monday night’s show.

Following Chappelle’s stand-up set, the hip-hop icon performed his groundbreaking debut Illmatic in its entirety with help from the Dave Chappelle Orchestra.

With just a DJ and drummer, he continued with his post-Illmatic classics including “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That),” “Hate Me Now,” and “Made You Look.”

“Epic Night,” tweeted Nas.

Chappelle will round out the week with performances from Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monáe, and Erykah Badu.

Watch Nas perform “N.Y. State of Mind” below.

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Jun
21
Kanye West Joins Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall

Dave Chappelle and Kanye West

There were plenty of jokes and even a surprise appearance from Kanye West during Dave Chappelle’s comeback show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City last night.

Fresh from Cannes, the hip-hop superstar appeared at the end of the reclusive comedian’s stand-up set to perform a medley of hits including “New Slaves,” “Jesus Walks,” and “Gold Digger.”

Chappelle’s 10-show engagement kicked off Wednesday and is set to include performances from Nas, The Roots, Janelle Monáe, and Erykah Badu.

Watch Yeezus and Chappelle share the stage.

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Jun
18
Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige Perform ‘Stay With Me’ at the Apollo

Mary J. Blige and Sam Smith

Mary J. Blige joined Sam Smith during his release show concert at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Tuesday night. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul dueted with the British crooner on his top 10 single “Stay With Me.”

“Last night was one of the greatest moments of my life. I love you @maryjblige,” tweeted Smith, to which Blige responded, “I love you too. U R Amazing & Anointed.”

Smith’s critically-acclaimed debut In the Lonely Hour dropped this week in the U.S. and is vying for No. 1 against Lana Del Rey.

Watch Smith share the stage with his idol.

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Jun
15
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea Perform Together in Chicago

Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea

Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea shared the stage at the B96 Pepsi Summer Bash in Chicago on Saturday. Following Iggy’s set, J.Lo brought out the Aussie rap sensation to perform their collaboration “Acting Like That” off J.Lo’s new album A.K.A.

Iggy’s mic was not turned on during her verse. “I was supposed to sing actin like that with JLo at summer bash today but some idiot handed me a microphone that wasn’t even turned on,” she said.

But despite the mishap, she still had a blast. “Watching this woman do her thing tonight was beyond impressive,” said Iggy, who presented J.Lo with the Icon Award at last month’s Billboard Music Awards.

“We had some technical difficulties when it was time for our song but hey, I still enjoyed the opportunity to stand on stage next to someone I’ve admired for a long time. @jlo you’re the most down to earth diva there is, always smiling & a true class act. wishing you so much luck for your album release!”

J.Lo even hinted at more performances to come. “Too much fun with my girl @thenewclassic tonight and #b96… cant wait to do it again,” she said.

Watch the divas do their thing and listen to their collaboration below.

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Jun
14
Drake Brings Out Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, & Tinashe at HAW Concert

Drake

Five years after selling out his first show in Houston, Drake returned to where it all began. Following his appearance at the Astros game on Thursday, the Canadian rapper headlined a show at Warehouse Live as part of Houston Appreciation Weekend. He was joined onstage by some of H-town’s finest including Slim Thug, Lil Keke, and Yungstar.

Lil Flip and Trae Tha Truth got the crowd warmed up before Drake hit the stage with “Draft Day” and “We Made It,” launching into songs off his debut Thank Me Later including “Karaoke” and “Miss Me.”

Travi$ Scott joined him for “Upper Echelon,” and he performed his remix to “2 On” with Tinashe and OB OBrien. Compton’s own YG brought some West Coast flavor with a performance of “Who Do You Love?”

The crowd went wild when Big Sean emerged for his verse on “All Me.”

“This guy right here has done so much for me over the course of my life,” Drake said of the Detroit MC. “If he needs me to perform at a three-year-old’s birthday party for nine hours, I’ll do that shit. I’ll fly anywhere in the world for this ni**a, I’ll do anything for this ni**a.”

Wiz Khalifa blazed the stage with his anthem “We Dem Boyz,” and Drake smoked with him for the first time onstage.

“I’ve never done this in my life before during a show,” said Drake as he puffed from Wiz’ joint.

He delivered crowd favorites including “0 to 100″ and “Worst Behavior,” but it was the Houston-inspired “November 18th” that drew the biggest response.

Watch highlights from Drake’s Houston homecoming below.

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Jun
9
Danity Kane Says Goodbye to Aundrea at Final Show

Danity Kane

Danity Kane said farewell to one of their own last night. Aundrea Fimbres joined Aubrey O’Day, Dawn Richard, and Shannon Bex for their final show as a foursome at the L.A. PRIDE Festival in West Hollywood on Sunday.

“This is actually my last show with Danity Kane,” said Aundrea.

Her groupmates surprised her with a bottle of Patrón and a bouquet of flowers. “We want to send her off only the way a Latin girl should go off, with some motherfuckin’ Patrón,” said Dawn.

“We love you, Drea. We want to give you so much love, so much support for the prospects for your life. You will always be Danity Kane, you will always be the love of our life.”

They shared a group hug onstage while the crowd chanted “Drea!”

The girls wrapped their “DK No Filter Tour” last week. During the kickoff show in San Francisco, Aundrea announced that she was leaving the group to pursue a family.

Watch their touching tribute to Aundrea below.

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Jun
9
50 Cent Performs with G-Unit at Webster Hall

G-Unit

A week after reuniting at Summer Jam, G-Unit shared the stage once again at 50 Cent’s Animal Ambition release concert at Webster Hall in New York on Sunday.

In addition to his own hits, 50 joined Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Tony Yayo, and Kidd Kidd while performing their “0 to 100″ remix “Real Quick,” “Nah I’m Talking ‘Bout,” “Rider Pt. 2,” and “Straight Outta Southside.”

He also took a shot at his latest rival, Slowbucks, who held a press conference to announce an investigation into an incident at Summer Jam. “There’s so many police in here courtesy of Slowbucks,” said Curtis.

Expect much more from G-Unit this year. The group will perform with 50 at Citi Field on June 14 and release a new album by late November.

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