Even though SXSW took place in March, the release of Watch The Throne’s official tracklist has offered this footage new life and Vevo is poised to fully take advantage. During the close of this year’s Austin, TX’s music extravaganza, myself and several others of TSS Crew were celebrating a homegoing of sorts, at the Nate Dogg tribute show, spearheaded by Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Warren G. among others. Yet, at the same time, there was another star-studded show being carried out by Hip-Hop’s glitziest troupe, G.O.O.D. Music.
Lead by the reigning Roc Kings, SXSW 2011 was closed out in grand fashion by the extensive powerhouse at Austin’s Powerstation. No matter if you were there, in the vicinity or miles away, the extra crispy footage is here for your viewing pleasure.
Kanye West Feat. Teyana Taylor & Justin Vernon – “Dark Fantasy”
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’s opener will always have a place as the genesis to Kanye’s stage show, thanks to the pulstating melody that builds momentum like the Lamborghini Murciélago on the highways of the track’s GPS. “Can we get much higher?” The fans seemed to think so.
Jay-Z & Kanye West – “H.A.M.”
Due to its lukewarm reception, the Throne demoted “Hard as a Motherfucker” to bonus track status, but Jay & ‘Ye still earn their stripes for giving off a placebo effect to all who bought and swore by the record. Listen how the gothic chants riled up the crowd in a frenzy when it should have been a light stir.
Kanye West & John Legend – “Blame Game”
By March of 2011, Kanye was still refusing to let the scab that resulted from his break-up with you know who heal and he called on Johnny L. to perform MBDTF’s most controversial track. Watch along as Yeezy teaches.
Big Sean – “My Last”
Before he was Finally Famous, the Detroit prom king tested out his Chris Brown-featured hit for an unsuspecting crowd. Or so one would assume. It appears as if Big Sean was just fine in his zone, performing like he never would hit a stage ever again. That’s how you give 110%.
Pusha T – “My God”
For his slice of limelight, the active half of Clipse ignited the crowd with the title track of his would-be debut mixtape with equally strong doses of swagger and vocal control. Was it the leather or focus that had him sweating so hard? Party music be damned. Pusha was out for some headnods that evening.
KiD CuDi – “Pursuit Of Happiness”
CuDi’s genre-bending classic is at home at any stage and the eclectic rapper/actor is well aware of it. Austin bore witness to an acoustic version of a song that showcases addiction, pain and tranquility all in the same pill capsule. Yep. KiD CuDi redefined happiness on his first album.
Mos Def – “Oh No”
Has anyone seen Black Jack? At a rap cypher? Political rally? Anywhere? I guess my opinions on The Ecstatic just being so-so have finally came into fruition. Why else would Mos be standing on stage, living out Edgar Allen Poe’s dream with his wardrobe and performing that old ass “Oh No?” Soundbombing II was the hot one. No one wants to remember the time the B-Boys went pop. Shame on you, Dante. You and your Billie Jean highwaters.
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