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DMX Performs For The First Time Ever With A Live Band (Video)

Many of DMX’s hits had a distinct sound. Especially in his work with Swizz Beatz, X had a synthetic sound that pulled Rap music away from the sample-covers of the

The Roots’ Tiny Desk Concert Is BIG, Brassy And Beautiful (Video)

The Roots are the latest musicians to perform at NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. Questlove, Black Thought, and the rest of the legendary band brought Bilal along for a moving

The Roots & Bilal Give A Stunningly Powerful Performance With A Full Orchestra (Video)

Late last month, The Roots and Bilal released “It Ain’t Fair.” The Detroit soundtrack single is jarring, as it applies to racial and social injustice in 1967, as well as

Digable Planets Go From Cool Like Dat To Cold As Ice In A New Concert (Video)

Even though the Digable Planets have not released an album together in more than 20 years, the trio appears as tight as they ever were. Ladybug Mecca, Doodlebug, and Ish

Martin Lawrence Is Releasing His First Stand-Up Comedy Special Since 2002

Though Martin Lawrence has been here for years, through daily reruns of his classic 1990s series, Martin, his activities of late are nothing short of an epic comeback. Lawrence enjoyed

It’s All The Way Live: Public Enemy To Release Their Second Concert Album

Boogie Down Productions, Tupac, and Lyrics Born are just some of the Hip-Hop artists to release live albums. For the second time in 10 years, Public Enemy is doing the

Ludacris’ Personal Revelations Come To Life With The Roots’ Support (Video)

Ludacris truly seems to have something special with Ludaversal (March 31). The DTP founder’s most honest, most vulnerable, and most courageous album to date comes at a time when Heads

Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Monie Love & Kwame Celebrate AJ Calloway’s Birthday (Video)

On air personality AJ Calloway (106 & Park, Extra) celebrated his 40th birthday in epic fashion during his #lovelivelifeweekend in Martha’s Vineyard. During an 80’s themed party Saturday night at

Souls of Mischief Perform There is Only Now For the First Time Ever (Video)

The Souls of Mischief took the stage at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge tonight (8/28) and performed their new album, There is Only Now, for the first time ever. The Bay

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince Perform Summertime in Vegas (Video)

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince reunited to perform their classic “Summertime” in Las Vegas. Will this song ever get old?? Check out the video. Related: DJ Jazzy Jeff

Dilated Peoples Perform Music From Their New Album on Sway in the Morning (Video)

Dilated Peoples held a mini concert on the Sway in the Morning show, performing “Show Me the Way” and the DJ Premier-produced “Good as Gone” from their new album Directors

Disclosure Performs Latch with Sam Smith on Jimmy Kimmel Live (Video)

Disclosure teamed up with Sam Smith on Jimmy Kimmel Live for an animated performance (literally) of their song of the Summer, “Latch.” Check out the video. Related: Disclosure Gives Usher’s

One of the Greats Covers One of the Greats as Beyonce Perform’s Lauryn Hill’s Ex-Factor (Video)

Few women have been more iconic in music over the last 15 years than Lauryn Hill and Beyonce. Last night, during a stop in New Orleans for the On the

DJ Quik Performs a Brand New Song On Skee Live (Video)

DJ Quik made an appearance on Skee Live and performed a brand new song. The song is a departure from his G-Funk roots and features a prominent rock guitar. Quik

Jay Electronica & Jay Z Perform We Made It Together For the First Time at Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (Video)

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary today in style. In addition to having Raekwon as the headliner, Jay Electronica made a rare appearance, and he brought friends. Mac

The ’80s & ’90s Versions Connect, As Doug E. Fresh & Snoop Dogg Perform La-Di-Da-Di (Video)

In the 1980s, Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick made history with a Reality Records rhyme-routine 12″ known as “La-Di-Da-Di.” MC Ricky D’s introduction to the masses alongside “The Human

Vic Mensa Goes Back to Hollywood LA with a Dynamic Performance (Video)

Vic Mensa renders a dynamic performance of “Hollywood LA,” one of the many standout cuts on his Innanet Tape, at Truth Studios in Los Angeles. His dynamic delivery emphasizes the

Witness a Taste of The Roots “First Opera” (Video)

The Legendary Roots Crew took the stage last week at NYC’s Public Theater and did a live rendition of their forthcoming album “…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin.” Rather than

Watch Pharrell Perform at Coachella (Video)

Pharrell stepped from behind the boards to center stage at Coachella last night, performing a cross-section of his plethora of hits. He was also joined by Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Puff

Here’s Some Previously Unreleased D’Angelo That Will Get You Jonesing for More (Audio)

Few artists have had such a huge impact on music with such a small catalog of recordings as D’Angelo. Both Brown Sugar and Voodoo are revered and considered by many

Arsenio Gets the First Performance of Sanctified From Rick Ross, Kanye West & Big Sean (Video)

Arsenio scored the first ever live performance of Sanctified from Rick Ross, Kanye West & Big Sean (and with a full band, no less). Now THAT’S boss…Check out the video.

At Age 55, Prince is Still One of the Baddest [“ShutYoMouth’s”] in the Business. See For Yourself (Video)

At the tender age of 55, Prince remains one of the greatest performers in music. The Purple One took over the Arsenio show with a rare interview and performances of

TLC Perform What About Your Friends at the Vh1 Super Bowl Blitz (Video)

As the Super Bowl festivities ramp up, the ladies from TLC join the party. Chili and T-Boz performed a high energy rendition of What About Your Friends, and they’ve still

Lauryn Hill Performs a Funked Up Version of Final Hour (Video)

Lauryn Hill’s latest re-arrangements of her Miseducation classics have been winning. After releasing a scorching reggae-tinged performance version of Ex-Factor in December, she’s now released a funked up performance of

Method Man Rips Through Bring the Pain During Mack Wilds’ NYC Show (Video)

If you haven’t heard Mack Wilds’ album, New York: A Love Story, it pays homage to 90’s NYC Hip-Hop with tracks from Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Havoc and Salaam Remi,

Lauryn Hill Performs an Inspired 11-Minute Reggae-Influenced Version of Ex-Factor (Video)

Over the years, Lauryn Hill has re-arranged her classics many times with varying results. Recently, she performed at New York’s Bowery Ball Room and unleashed this version of Ex-Factor. It

Here are the Official Winners of the 2013 Hip Hop Awards and Highlights from the Show (Video)

Last night’s BET Hip Hop Awards honored MC Lyte with the I Am Hip Hop lifetime achievement award and featured performances from Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar & Jay Rock, as

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Pay Tribute to Eazy-E, Tupac & The Notorious B.I.G. (Video)

Which group in Hip-Hop has recorded with each of Biggie, Tupac and Eazy-E? That’s correct…Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The group recently paid tribute to each of the fallen legends by performing a

Kanye West Performs New Slaves, Blood on the Leaves & Bound 2 with Charlie Wilson (Video)

Kanye West performed an amazing acoustic version of New Slaves that featured nothing but Charlie Wilson, an eerie piano and Ye. Even if you weren’t checking for the original, this

Schoolboy Q & Kendrick Lamar Perform Collard Greens (Video)

Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar hit the stage in NYC last night and performed Q’s Collard Greens. Check out the video. Related: Stalley – NineteenEighty7 ft Schoolboy Q (Video)

Drake Premieres Too Much on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Video)

For any Drake fans waiting for him to stop singing and start spitting, this one’s for you. Drizzy premiered a new song on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night

Public Enemy Performs at the Made in America Festival (Video)

Public Enemy took the stage at the Made in America festival and straight RIPPED IT. After 25 years, this is still riot music. You can watch the performance here. Related:

Mayer Hawthorne Performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live (Video)

Mayer Hawthorne’s music has hints of The Doobie Brothers and old Hall & Oates, update to feel contemporary and uniquely his own. His album, Where Does This Door Go, is

Goodie M.O.B. on RapFix Live (Video)

Goodie M.O.B. sat down with Sway on RapFix Live and discussed the old days with OutKast, whether the rumors of a new Andre 3000 album were true and dropped an

Pete Rock & CL Smooth Perform at the Rocksteady 36th Anniversary Celebration (Video)

Pete Rock & CL Smooth performed at the Rocksteady 36th Anniversary celebration. You can check out video footage of a performances of They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) and Straighten It

EPMD & Redman Perform Headbanger at the 2013 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (Video)

The first time I heard EPMD’s Headbanger was the first the first time I heard Redman and his verse DESTROYED me. The 3 united for a performance of the epic

Schoolboy Q Performs New Song in NYC (Video)

Schoolboy Q performs a super tough new track that is presumably from his forthcoming Oxymoron album and possibly called Gangsta. Check out the video and prepare to get your mean

Jadakiss, Styles P & Sheek Louch perform in NYC (Video)

Salute to The Lox who hit the stage at BB King’s in NYC earlier this week. Here’s some highlight footage of their performance which included many of their joint classics

J. Cole Performs Crooked Smile and Power Trip at the BET Awards (Video)

J. Cole also got his shine on the BET Awards. Check out his performances of Crooked Smile and Power Trip with Miguel. Related: J. Cole Discusses and Performs Crooked Smile

Kendrick Lamar Performs at the BET Awards (Video)

Kendrick Lamar had a BIG look at the BET Awards last night, being the only performer to hit the stage 3 times. Check out his performances of Problems with A$AP

J. Cole Discusses and Performs Crooked Smile ft TLC (Video)

Fresh off selling nearly 300,000 copies of Born Sinner and taking the #2 spot on the album chart, J. Cole sat down to discuss Crooked Smile, his uplifting song featuring

Mac Miller Performs with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Video)

Mac Miller rocked with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Check out his performance of S.D.S. (and do not sleep on that Watching Movies with the Sound Off

Rakim Performs at Brooklyn SummerStage 2013 (Video)

Rakim recently ripped a set at the Brooklyn SummerStage. Here’s some high quality footage of the God MC performing Eric B. is President, Microphone Fiend, Paid in Full and more.

Wu-Tang Clan Performs at the Fever Club in 1993 (Video)

Here’s some vintage footage of Wu-Tang Clan performing in 1993, courtesy of DJ Tony Touch. The performance footage kicks in at about the 4 minute mark. Check it out below.

Kanye West Performs Black Skinhead & New Slaves on SNL (Video)

Kanye West’s new Yeezus album seems like it is going to be even darker than My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. After premiering his song New Slaves on Friday night, Kanye

De La Soul Performs Jenifa Taught Me With The Roots (Video)

2 of the greatest groups in hip-hop history hit the stage together on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Check out the video of De La Soul and The Roots crushing

Mobb Deep 20th Anniversary Show in Chicago (Video)

Mobb Deep just launched a national tour in celebration of their 20th year anniversary. Here’s a 20+ min look at their first show, which took place in Chicago. They rip

James Brown Live in Paris (Video)

Happy belated birthday to James Brown. The Godfather of Soul, whose music was a staple of early hip-hop samples, would have celebrated his 80th birthday on May 3rd. To celebrate

Talib Kweli Performs Come Here with Bilal & The Roots (Video)

Talib Kweli performed his Bilal-assisted single, Come Here, with The Roots last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Check out the video. Related: Talib Kweli – High Life ft

KRS-One Freestyles and Performs a Verse From Step Into a World (Video)

The Blastmaster KRS-One kicks a freestyle and drops a verse from Step Into a World, and shows that he’s still FRESH for 2013…Check out the video. Related: A playlist celebrating