Oct
31
Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Dress as Janet and Michael Jackson for Halloween

Beyoncé and Blue Ivy

Beyoncé took it back to 1989 and paid homage to Janet Jackson with her Halloween costume. The pop superstar rocked the outfit from Janet’s Rhythm Nation 1814 era, complete with a key earring, black gloves, jacket, and hat. She was spotted backstage with Angela Yee’s nephew (pictured) at Powerhouse while Jay Z made a surprise appearance.

Her daughter Blue Ivy also saluted pop’s first family by dressing as Michael Jackson, donning a glittery red jacket, hat, and aviator shades like the King of Pop.

Not to be left out, Jay Z also got in the Halloween spirit, wearing a Jason mask while joining Jeezy on stage at Powerhouse.

Last year, Bey dressed as Spider-Woman and celebrated Halloween while on her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.” She has shared a new video from the festivities.

During “GMA” this morning, Robin Roberts and Terry Crews channeled their inner Beyoncé and Jay Z, dressing up as the famous couple from their “On the Run Tour.”

See more pics of the Carters in costume below.

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Oct
31
New Music: Lupe Fiasco f/ PJ – ‘Mazinger’

Mazinger

Following “Lilies” and “Haile Selassie,” Lupe Fiasco unleashes another track off his upcoming mixtape Lost in the Atlantic. On the S-X-produced “Mazinger,” the Chicago MC raps over the theme song for the Japanese anime series, with references to Nas, Kelis, and Monica Lewinsky.

Lupe has teamed with Fall Out Boy to remix the Chicago Bulls’ anthem “Only the Bulls.”

His fifth album Testuo & Youth will be released on January 20.

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Oct
31
Usher Sings National Anthem at Cavaliers Game

Usher

In addition to a performance from Kendrick Lamar, Usher helped celebrate LeBron James’ homecoming in Cleveland on Thursday. The R&B crooner, who is part owner of the Cavs, took the court at Quicken Loans Arena to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before his team lost to the Knicks.

As Justin Bieber, Spike Lee, and David Beckham looked on, he belted out a soaring rendition of the patriotic tune while the players watched from the sidelines. Towards the end, the entire arena started singing along, making for an emotional moment.

Usher will head to Montreal tomorrow to kick off his “UR Experience” tour with August Alsina.

Watch Usher deliver a winning performance.

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Oct
31
Jeezy Brings Out Jay Z at Powerhouse

Jay Z and Jeezy

In between dates on his “Seen It All” tour, Jeezy touched down at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday for Power 105.1′s Powerhouse 2014.

During his set, the Snowman surprised the crowd by bringing out BK’s own Jay Z to perform “Seen It All.” Mr. Carter got in the Halloween spirit, wearing a Jason mask over his head, while trading verses with Jeezy. Beyoncé, dressed in her own Janet Jackson-inspired costume, watched from backstage.

Before leaving, Jay Z issued a PSA: “I’ve got one announcement tonight: Real ni**as is back in style.”

In addition to the rap titans, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, J. Cole, Ne-Yo, Tinashe, and more graced the stage during the star-studded concert.

Watch Hov’s Halloween surprise below.

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Oct
31
Stream Willow Smith’s EP ‘3’

3

In honor of her 14th birthday, Willow Smith surprises her fans and drops her EP 3. The three tracks, produced mostly by AzZi, include “8,” “9,” and “Flowers” featuring her “big sister” SZA. Her newfound sound, which she describes as “rule-breaking” and “pioneering,” was inspired by her current favorite artist Erykah Badu.

“I don’t think it’s that different from what I was saying before, ’cause I was saying ‘Love yourself’ and ‘You have to live your life for yourself,’” Willow told The FADER. “Now I’m just coming to the spiritual and consciousness aspects of it. My lyrics are probably what’s gonna be packing the most punch, and my tracks are in the background just coolin’ it, like, ‘Hear what she just said?’”

The Roc Nation singer has partnered with Google Play to offer the EP as a free download for a limited time in the U.S. It is also available via All Access, Google Play’s music streaming service.

3 will hit digital retailers worldwide on November 17.

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Oct
30
Kendrick Lamar Performs ‘i’ at Cavaliers Season Opener

Kendrick Lamar

Before the Cleveland Cavaliers took on the New York Knicks, Kendrick Lamar kicked off NBA opening night on TNT with a bang.

Following an introduction from Kevin Hart, the TDE all-star celebrated LeBron James’ return to Cleveland by performing his new single “i” in front of the Quicken Loans Arena as part of TNT’s free “Coming Home” concert, which also featured Imagine Dragons.

Cavs co-owner Usher later took the court to sing the national anthem as Justin Bieber, David Beckham, and Spike Lee looked on.

Watch K-Dot set it off in Cleveland.

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Oct
30
New Music: Nas – ‘The Season’

The Season

Nas is back. After previewing the song at the Run the Jewels 2 release event in Brooklyn last night, the hip-hop king debuts the studio version of his new single “The Season.” Over J Dilla’s “Gobstopper” beat, he pays homage to the late producer and reflects on not being able to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

“Dilla lives on / It’s like he wrote it with me / The soulful sample compliments my rhymes so well,” he raps.

Nas also denies that Jay Electronica or Jay Z inspire his rhymes (“He vacationin’”), and credits his brother Jungle as his source of inspiration.

He is working on the follow-up to 2012′s Life Is Good, and was recently in the studio with Madonna.

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