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Thursday, December 13, 2018

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Rappers dominate at SxSW


The Austin conference and music festival South by Southwest cranked out an amazing number of unforgettable hip-hop performances last week.

Many artists in the hip-hop community delivered an abundance of great new material at SxSW.

One of hip-hop’s biggest super-groups Slaughterhouse, performed three separate shows over the course of the festival.

They performed their new single “Hammer Dance” on Wednesday, which is now available to download on iTunes.

Kanye West and Big Sean both made guest appearances on stage during Slaughterhouse’s set, which drove the crowd wild.

Slaughterhouse also performed with rapper Travis Porter later that night at the Belmont.

Porter promoted his new single “Ayy Ladies,” which he released a music video for the week before. With a few other songs, the rapper delivered a standout performance.

The 21-year-old Caucasian MC Machine Gun Kelly from Shaker Heights, Ohio surprised everyone with his high-energy performances.

He performed his most popular song “Wild Boy,” which features rapper Waka Flocka Flame and the crowd went wild.

MGK jumped out into the crowd, started mosh pits and climbed up onto the ledge of the balcony in the Belmont where he continued his performance before jumping back down onto the stage.

R&B artist Miguel, who has experienced recent commercial success with his singles “All I Want Is You” and “Sure Thing,” also performed amazingly with a live band later that night.

He, too, showcased new music, which was definitely a hit with the ladies.

His performance was charming and a nice change of pace from the rest of the fast-paced hip-hop shows.

On Friday, Shady 2.0 was perhaps the biggest hip-hop appearance of SxSW. It featured 50 Cent, Slaughterhouse and a guest appearance by none other than Eminem himself.

Eminem performed a few songs with 50 Cent, including the duo’s song “Patiently Waiting” from the latter’s debut album.

Another up-and-coming hip-hop artist, Chiddy Bang, also had his go for the promotion of his new album “Breakfast” the same night.

His performance was dedicated to the women in the audience.

The crowd loved how personable his show was.

Hip-hop had a great run at SxSW delivering high-energy, pulse-pounding and unforgettable performances throughout the week.

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