The best of the best in Hip Hop are currently down in San Berdino, CA for this year’s Paid Dues Festival, so just in case you were one of the throngs of people who couldn’t make it out to Cali, here’s a recap of footage featuring performances by Kendrick Lamar, Mobb Deep, Immortal Technique, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Killer Mike, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, Chevy Woods, and Murs and Fashawn. Peep below for tons of clips via GuerillaUnion.
Love me some Nelly Furtado. The Portuguese singer has been locked down in the studio cooking up new cuts w/ Salaam Remi & Darkchild, just to name a few, and recently linked up with K’Naan on this joint “Is Anybody Out There,” which they performed on Letterman’s show last night, and also appears on the latter’s newest EP, “More Beautiful Than Silence”.
Who could f-k with the Double R back in their heyday? As a flashback of the times, DMX was in full ’98 mode last night at SOB’s where he put on a memorable show for the Ruff Ryder faithfuls and ran down his catalog — performing “Ruff Ryders Anthem” and “Get On The Floor” with some help from Swizzy, followed by a throwback of his jam, “We Right Here”. Also below, you can check out his interview with the Breakfast Club, in which he touches on his past beef with Ja Rule & Jay-Z, his run-ins with the law, his upcoming album, and his gripe with Rick Ross & Drake.
The fact these two shot the video for this collab in my neck of the woods baffles me. Not that two white boys don’t have a hood pass in the Bronx, or anything like that, but I’m more mad at myself for not being there as they did so. Ah shucks. Anyways, to capitalize on the buzz of this single, Catfish Billy and Detroit’s native son Kid Rock stopped by Letterman’s show to give those in attendance a mighty good performance. Props to Yardie for his rip-game.
Just for the record, Ye has already pulled a hat trick by scooping up four pieces of hardware, most importantly one for “Best Rap Album” and “Best Rap Performance” with Jay-Z for “Otis”. While Adele has already received one for “Best Pop Performance” for “Someone Like You”, and Cee-Lo and Canadian singer Melanie Fiona have nabbed two for their single, “Fool For You”. This post, however, will include all the performances from the night. Above, Chris Brown does “Turn The Music Up”, followed by “Beautiful People”. More underneath.
UPDATES: Will be updated as performances officially go live, courtesy of MrWorldPremiere.
I’m still in shock at that train-wreck of a performance by Nicki Minaj. A “Roman Travesty”…
Ah damn, I was just complaining on a Facebook status about the lackluster R&B music these days. I would have to agree with Wale’s stand on the genre’s current direction. But seeing this, more or less, which also marks the 12 year of D’Angelo’s critically acclaimed masterpiece Voodoo, just made my day. All scary moments aside, especially the one where he…ummm picked up a..you know.. in the Village, and his fluctuating weight problems, let’s hope he’s back on his A game. This, surprisingly, is his first show in 11 damn long hard years. Say word, D’Angelo’s back! Cue that instrumental as we speak. Props to OKP via RR.
Common was live in square in the midst of this year’s Sundance festivities, where his new film LUV was being premiered, and to celebrate his latest dramatic role he performed his single “Blue Sky” after the premiere. Here’s some footage, along with a freestyle (below) he decided to spit over Bee’s “Party”. Spotted over at Fakeshoredrive’s.
Wale continued his promo rounds for his latest LP, Ambition, by making an appearance on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.’ Backed by the legendary Roots, the MMG artist performed his single, “Lotus Flower Bomb,” with crooner Miguel assisting him on stage for yet another solid performance of their hit. Shouts to the main-man Yardie for the rip game proper.