Beyoncé Brings Out Jay Z, Serena Williams & Kendrick Lamar At ‘Formation World Tour’ Finale [Photos + Video]

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Beyoncé brought her Formation World Tour to a close at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium last night, with some assistance from Jay Z, Serena Williams and Kendrick Lamar – who each rock’d the stage with her.

Serena – who made a cameo in the clip for “Sorry,” from Bey’s visual album, Lemonade — appeared alongside her for the live performance of the track. Bey’s hubby made a special appearance to join her on their hit song, “Drunk in Love” – while K. Dot’s appearance came on “Freedom.” The crowd was also treated to Beyoncé’s first performance of “6 Inch.”

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Kendrick Lamar Presents Snoop Dogg With ‘I Am Hip Hop’ Honor At BET Hip Hop Awards

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Kendrick Lamar surprised the crowd at the Cobb Energy Performing Centre in Atlanta during Saturday’s taping of the BET Hip Hop Awards – when he appeared on stage to present Snoop Dogg with his “I Am Hip Hop” honor.

“He mastered the game through tests and challenges that earned him the respect of a college professor, except his game came from the streets,” Kendrick said. “He put (me) on game, so I would avoid the same pitfalls. … Snoop Dogg was the God, and continues to be so.”

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Kendrick Lamar & Janelle Monáe Perform At The White House For 4th Of July Celebration + President Obama Sings Happy Birthday To Malia

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Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monáe paid a visit to the White House for the 4th of July party, on Monday. In addition to Kendrick and Janelle performing at the event for military veterans and their families, President Obama also took a moment and had the crowd join him in singing “Happy Birthday” to his daughter, Malia, who was celebrating a 18th birthday (Happy Birthday, Malia!).

K-Dot performed a medley of his songs, that included “Swimming Pools (Drank),” “Money Trees” and “Alright,” while Janelle’s set included “Electric Lady,” “Q.U.E.E.N.” and a tribute to Prince, as she rock’d “Let’s Go Crazy.”

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Beyoncé And Kendrick Lamar Open The BET Awards With ‘Freedom’

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Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar rock’d the crowd at Sunday’s BET Awards with an powerful, surprise performance of “Freedom” – a track from Bey’s platinum album, Lemonade.

The stage was set up with the same shallow pool seen at Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour. The lights were dimly lit as she stood in the water alongside her dancers, before launching the performance. “Freedom! Freedom! I can’t move. Freedom, cut me loose!,” she sang while rockin’ a patterned fabric and mesh leotard. “Freedom! Freedom! Where are you? ‘Cause I need freedom too!”

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Kendrick Lamar Surprises Fans With New Album, ‘Untitled Unmastered’

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Kendrick Lamar suprised fans with the new release of his album, untitled unmastered., which consists of a set of previously unreleased tracks – originally recorded between 2013 and 2016.

The project is a followup to K.Dot’s GRAMMY-winning album, To Pimp a Butterfly, and comes on the heels of the Compton native’s powerful GRAMMY performance.

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2016 ESSENCE Festival Lineup Revealed: Mariah Carey, Kendrick Lamar, Ciara, Maxwell & More

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With the ESSENCE Festival just four months away, ESSENCE is giving a look at the 2016 lineup. Mariah CareyKendrick Lamar, Ciara, Maxwell and Lion Babe are all scheduled to rock the stage.

“The ESSENCE Festival is back in New Orleans with an extraordinary roster of the biggest names and best performers in entertainment—from global music icons to the industry’s rising stars,” ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks said in a statement. “We are welcoming Mariah Carey, Kendrick Lamar and Maxwell to headline the Superdome main stage. In addition, we will be embracing newcomers like Leon Bridges, Jeremih, Lion Babe, Dej Loaf and The Internet, as well as fan favorite Charlie Wilson for the ultimate cultural experience in New Orleans this July 4th weekend.”

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Watch: Kendrick Lamar’s Powerful GRAMMYs Performance

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Kendrick Lamar shut it down at Monday night’s GRAMMY Awards, with his powerful performance. The Compton rapper appeared on stage as if he was in a chain gang, as he performed “The Blacker the Berry.” Him and those walking out with him were united in chains, while others were locked up in cells.

He transitioned to “Alright,” which moved him to a space with a bonfire as his backdrop, and tribal African dancers surrounded him. He then raps with a blank screen behind him, and as he reaches the end of his flow, an image of the continent of Africa appears on the screen, but instead of “Africa” it reads “Compton.”

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Kendrick Lamar Met With President Obama At The White House

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Kendrick Lamar had the opportunity to visit President Barack Obama at the White House. In a new video in promotion of his “Pay it Forward” program, the Compton rapper shared photos of him chatting with the president in the Oval Office. Their conversation included topics concerning the inner cities, the problem, the solutions, and furthermore embracing the youth/mentoring.

“As a kid, having a mentor was vital to me. Always being there when it counted, allowed me to make some of the most important decisions while growing up,” Kendrick says in the clip. “So it’s only right that I mentor a younger person, with the same wisdom that was given to me. If it helps the next kid become a better person in life, I will forever be aware of my influence and pay it forward.”

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