Over the weekend, Big Sean performed a live show called “Finding Paradise” in front of a hometown crowd at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. During his set, Sean brought out a slew of guests, including Lil Wayne — who performed “A Milli” and “Rich as Fuck” — and fellow Motor City residents Eminem, Dej Loaf, Danny Brown, Royce da 5’9″ and Trick Trick. The aforementioned guests performed a rendition of last year’s “Detroit vs. Everybody”, which appeared on Eminem’s Shady XV compilation. Check out the full live performance after the jump.
Kendrick Lamar, who closed out Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, is fittingly one of Stephen Colbert’s first ever musical guests as he takes the seat on his new talk show, Colbert. Here Lamar performs a medley of a few choice cuts from his excellent To Pimp a Butterfly album, which dropped earlier this year. (For many, this is still the best rap album of 2015.) He does “Wesley’s Theory”, “Momma”, “King Kunta” and “u”. Check out the full performance from Kendrick Lamar and his backing band after the jump.
At last night’s annual OVO Fest, Drake opened his set with “Charged Up” and “Back to Back Freestyle”, his one-two punch of diss tracks aimed at Meek Mill. Drake took the opportunity to further troll Meek by projecting a “Participation Award” for his diss track “Wanna Know”. He also apparently wore a “Free Meek Mill” shirt during rehearsal. In addition Drake premiered a new Meek diss track entitled “3 Peat”. Listen after the jump.
Chance the Rapper and his group The Social Experiment recently stopped by “Windy City Live” to play “Sunday Candy” from their new record, as well as “Paranoia” from Chance’s Acid Rap. Additionally Chance spoke on a potential collaboration with Kanye West, who recently shouted him out at a show. “Me and Kanye and a lot of Chicago artists are working on a collaborative effort that will be released tentatively,” Chance said. Check out video after the jump.
Last night, Kanye West was the headliner of Hot 107.9’s 20th Birthday Bash in Atlanta, GA. The set included a couple surprises, including an appearance from 2 Chainz during “Mercy” and a freestyle that referenced the recent murders in Charleston, South Carolina. While he was in Atlanta, West also hung out with OutKast at the Waffle House. He also reportedly spent some time in the studio with 2 Chainz. Check out the freestyle after the jump.
Amid all the chaos happening outside, Kendrick Lamar managed to perform at Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert in New Jersey yesterday. During his set he did To Pimp a Butterfly cuts “The Blacker the Berry”, “King Kunta”, and “Hood Politics” for the first tim livee. You can watch a video of the performance after the jump, via Hot 97. Schoolboy Q also came out to do “Collard Greens” and “Studio.”
Last night was a monumental moment for hip-hop as Drake headlined the final night of Coachella’s opening weekend. During his performance he busted out a few songs from his surprise new album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. The biggest (and most bizarre) moment of his set came midway through, when Madonna made a surprise appearance. After a brief performance of “Human Nature” and “Hung Up” she circled around Drizzy, leaned down, and initiated a long, kiss. After a few seconds, she uttered her latest catchphrase “B**ch, I’m Madonna” – and sauntered offstage. Watch the entire performance after the jump. It’s a doozy.
SXSW is currently underway and many of the world’s hottest musical acts have touched down on the city of Austin to deliver some performances. Yesterday, at Pitchfork’s SXSW parties at House of Vans, Migos delivered a set featuring songs from the upcoming YRN Tha Album, as well as last year’s No Label 2. You can watch the New Atlanta trio perform “One Time” and “Handsome and Wealthy” after the jump.
On Monday March 2, 2015, New York’s very own Cannibal Ox celebrated the release of their highly-awaited sophomore album “Blade of the Ronin” with fans at the Studio at Webster Hall. Vast Aire and Vordul Mega were joined by GZA (of Wu-Tang Clan), Freeway, and G-Jet for this monumental performance. The event was hosted by Rob Markman, with music by DJ Two-Three. Click through this slideshow to see exclusive photos from the event. All photos by W. Suarez (MosiacNewYork). Copyright 2015 Triumph Media Holdings, Inc. Purchase Cannibal Ox’s new album “Blade of the Ronin” on iTunes Now.
On Monday December 8, 2014 Detroit’s newcomer Dej Loaf, best known for her smash hit “Try Me” hit the stage at SOB’s in nYC with Boldy James, Kiyanne, and Spank Jus Bizness. iHipHop was on hand to document the event. Click through this slideshow to see photos of the night’s event. All photos by Lauren Gesswein.
Nicki Minaj was the musical guest on the 40th season of Saturday Night Live last night alongside host James Franco. She performed two cuts off of her forthcoming highly-anticipated The Pinkprint album, which is due out December 15th on YMCMB. Peep Nicki’s performances of “Bed of Lies” and “Only” (no Drake or Lil Wayne, though) on Saturday Night Live after the jump.
For the sixth episode of Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary season Top Dawg Entertainment’s star pupil Kendrick Lamar hit the stage as the musical guest alongside guest host Woody Harrelson. Kendrick performed two songs, one being his radio hit, The Isley Brothers sampled “i” and Jay Rock’s “Pay for It”. For “i” Kendrick took the stage with unkempt hair and blacked-out contacts (see: above photo), making reference to Method Man whose debut record Tical was released 20 years ago that day. Check out Kendrick’s hyped, energetic SNL performances after the jump.
It didn’t take long until Kendrick Lamar started performing his new song “i” live. A week removed from dropping “i”, the first new solo Kendrick track since good kid m.A.A.d city, the Compton rapper performed it live at the educational event We Day Toronto, which took place at the Air Canada Centre. Watch the video after the jump.