XXL Ranks SXSW’s Top 10 Rap Performances

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    <em>XXL</em> Ranks SXSW's Top 10 Rap Performances
    Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Deputat<br />[<em>Editor's Note: This list is compiled based on SXSW events attended by XXL editors</em>.]<br />Hip-hop's finest from juggernauts Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Rick Ross and Kanye West, to emerging talents like 2012 Freshmen Machine Gun Kelly, Danny Brown and Top Dawg Entertainment rapper ScHoolboy Q, just to name a few, invaded Austin for the South By Southwest Music Festival last week. <em>XXL</em> editors were on hand throughout the week of course. The cluttered schedule made it impossible to attend every showcase. There were hard decisions to make throughout the week. Lil Wayne's DeWeezy launch and T.I., B.o.B, Meek Mill and Wale's sets at The Warner Sound were scheduled at the same time. Def Jam's Showcase also Shady 2.0's Extravaganza. Though the <em>XXL</em> missed a few showcases, its staff was still present at more than enough concerts to compile this list. Here, excluding the Freshmen Live Showcase,<em>XXL</em> ranks SXSW's Top 10 Rap Performances.—<em>XXL Staff</em> (<a href="https://twitter.com/#!/XXLStaff">@XXLStaff</a>)
  • 10. Jay-Z Delivers 75 Minute Set During Amex Sync Show
    10. Jay-Z Delivers 75 Minute Set During Amex Sync Show
    Jay-Z audiences can typically recite the God MC's lyrics word for word, but the Amex crowd was cut from a different cloth—namely left overs from SXSW's interactive week. On one end, stood the seemingly coolers kids—and NBA champion Robert Horry—who clearly intimately knew Hov's catalog from the mainstream to the more obscure. On the other side, stood geeks who only knew Jigga Man's most popular work and missed cues on songs like, "On to the Next One." Still, they obeyed Jay's every command and witnessing a stadium status perform such as Jay-Z in an intimate setting is always priceless.
  • 9. Wale Shines at the Warner Sound
    9. Wale Shines at the Warner Sound
    An energized Wale ran through a string of his hits, including, "Bait," "Slight Work," "Chain Music" and "Tats on My Arm"—running into the crowd and even momentarily strapped a guitar around his shoulder as he performed. He also brought out Travis Porter for "Make It Rain (Remix) during the well-received performance.
  • 8. Top Dawg Entertainment Take the Stage at the Fader Fort
    8. Top Dawg Entertainment Take the Stage at the Fader Fort
    TDE's Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock took to the Fader Fort for a brief, but memorable performance. K. Dot closed the set, of course, performing <em>Overly Dedicated</em>'s "P&P 1.5" and <em>Section .80</em> standouts "A.D.H.D," "Hol' Up" and "Hiii Power," but ScHoolboy Q's renditions of "There He Go" and "Hands on the Wheel" particularly got the crowd amped. Ab-Soul and Jay Rock were also solid. With this Fader Fort, in addition to several other showcases throughout the week, TDE's roster continues to cement its place as some of the game's most promising talent.
  • 7. Nas Surprises Fans at Red Bull Thre3style Party
    7. Nas Surprises Fans at Red Bull Thre3style Party
    No one saw God's son coming. After spinning tunes for several minutes, headliner Z-Trip gave the crowd a little treat. "Please welcome my friend Nas," he announced. While Eminem, Ross and Kanye West were rumored to be appearing at their respective concerts prior to taking the stage, fans at the Thre3style event were clueless. The Queens lyricist, who's lackadaisical at times, appeared lively, yet relaxed—perhaps because he'd just gotten off stage at ACL Live where he performed <em>Illmatic</em> in its entirety. Though brief, the set left the Red Bull crowd satisfied, particularly Nas's performance of "Made You Look."
  • 6. Eminem Joins 50 Cent at Shady 2.0 Showcase
    6. Eminem Joins 50 Cent at Shady 2.0 Showcase
    Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Deputat<br />Fif's <em>Get Rich or Die Tryin'</em> was arguably SXSW's most anticipated event. Setting things off with the album opener, "What Up Gangsta" followed by "Patiently Waiting"—for which he brought out Eminem—and "Many Men," Fif got off to a great start. Other highlights included, "Heat," "If I Can't" and "Back Down," but set grew a bit monotonous halfway through. Still, the concert lived up to its must see status.
  • 5. Mac Miller Shuts Down the Woodie Awards
    5. Mac Miller Shuts Down the Woodie Awards
    Prior to accepting his Woodie of the Year and Performing Woodie at the Woodie Awards, Mac Miller did a quick four-song set, running through "Donald Trump," "Party on 5th Ave" and "Loud"—a new record off his upcoming, <em>Macadelic</em> mixtape. As it's usually the case at a Mac show, the Woodie crowd ate in the palm of his hand.
  • 4. Rick Ross Closes Fader Fort
    4. Rick Ross Closes Fader Fort
    There were whispers of a Rick Ross secret show all week. The question was: where will it be. Would he be part of the Def Jam showcase? Will one of his MMG artists bring him out at The Warner Sound. Early Saturday (March 17), word circulated that Ross would be performing for the Fader Fort's grand finale. Rozay performed "Aston Martin Music" and standouts from his <em>Rich Forever</em> mixtape, including the title track, "Party Heart" with Stalley, "Holy Ghost" and "Stay Schemin" before closing the show out with "Fuck Em." The crowd couldn't get enough of Ross enthusiastically rhyming along and dancing to every song. Huunngh!
  • 3. Machine Gun Kelly Heats Things Up at S.O.B.'s 30-Year Anniversary
    3. Machine Gun Kelly Heats Things Up at S.O.B.'s 30-Year Anniversary
    MGK couldn't have picked a better title than "Wild Boy" for his breakout single. Barely seconds into his set at the S.O.B.'s 30-year anniversary showcase, MGK dove into the audience to hype up concertgoers. With professional wrestler Mark Henry watching on, Kellz performed "Chip Off the Block" and "Warning Shot." Things got so heated that a fight broke out during the performance.
  • 2. Mystikal Shows He Still Got It at DeWeezy Launch
    2. Mystikal Shows He Still Got It at DeWeezy Launch
    Lil Wayne's DeWeezy launch did more than celebrate the collaboration between Lil Tunechi and Mountain Dew, it reminded rap fans of just how good of a live performer Mystikal is. The hyperactive, gravelly voiced rapper relentlessly strutted across the Austin Music Hall's stage as he ran through classics, "Here I Go," "Danger (Been So Long," "Shake Ya Ass," "Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against the Wall)" and his verse off Master P's "Make 'Em Say Uuh!" and Ludacris's "Move Bitch." He still got it.
  • 1. 2 Chainz Shuts Down S.O.B.'s 30th Anniversary Concert With Kanye West and Big Sean
    1. 2 Chainz Shuts Down S.O.B.'s 30th Anniversary Concert With Kanye West and Big Sean
    Slaughterhouse had a good plan. The super lyrical quartet was to bring MC Hammer out on stage during a rendition of their latest single, "Hammer Dance." Joell Ortiz had also invited New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who stood on stage with the Slaughter reciting the group's rhymes verbatim for most of the show. Pretty good. But, it felt sort of underwhelming on the heels of 2 Chainz's riotous performance. The lanky lyricist took the stage and treated the Belmont crowd to fan favorites like "Understatement," "Turn Up," "Spend It" and his verse off Young Jeezy's "SupaFreak" before bringing out Big Sean, who performed "A$$ (Dance)." Tit seemingly closed the show out by taking a few flicks with Sean and his entourage, at which point Kanye West surfaced to surprise the crowd. 'Ye performed "Can't Me Nothin'" followed by a rendition of Sean's Yeezy-featured, "Marvin & Chardonnay." Truuuuuuu!
  • RIGHTDAMNNA

    Mainstreem artist came in and took over, I feel like Killa Kyleon had THE BEST performance hands down

  • $olid100

    U should have threw up that Nas ACL Live performance as a runner up instead of the Red Bull Party. I was at both events and one didn’t even come close to the other, real spit. At ACL Live, Nas performed Illmatic in its entirety with both DJ Premier and Pete Rock on the wheels and AZ…Now what’s fuckin wit that??

  • Tiago

    There are a new organization for eminem’s group, called PLAYBACK MUSIC

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