WATCH: Missy Elliott Performs Two New Songs

Last week, Timbaland revealed that sometime over Labor Day weekend, fans could expect two new tracks from Missy Elliott. While studio versions of said songs were not immediately available, Elliott did appear onstage with Timbaland over the weekend to perform "9th Inning" and "Triple Threat," both of which are expected to be on her upcoming album--which has not been given an official release date. She also performed some of her hits ("Get Ur Freak On" and "Lose Control") and offered a prayer for Chris Lighty.

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Jay-Z Joins Pearl Jam to Close Out Made in America with '99 Problems'

On the final day of Jay-Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia, the Brooklyn emcee joined headlining act Pearl Jam for one final performance. Following a surprise appearance by Kanye West and most of his G.O.O.D. Music crew on the first night, on Sunday Jay-Z closed out the fest with "99 Problems," a popular track off his Black Album.

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WATCH: Grimes Releases Official Video For 'Genesis'

Grimes released the official music video for “Genesis” earlier today. As always, the video is presented in an elegant and grungy manner. A woman of style and grace who isn’t afraid to kick up some dirt? Yes, please. Frames include medieval weapons, snakes, and the cutest pigtails since Baby Spice!

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WATCH: Kanye West Talks About His Writing Process

In this very honest piece from Kanye West, he talks about his writing process (or lack thereof, in his earlier albums), and the positive messages he’s tried to convey in his songs. To hear the talented rapper/producer speak on his writing process, watch the video below.

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WATCH: Dispatch Reveals Music Video For 'Circles Around the Sun'

Dispatch today unveiled the official music video for their next single and title track from their upcoming album, Circles Around The Sun. The video was directed by Eric Heimbold and is dedicated to band’s friend, Larry Perry, a young disabled man who (legend has it) was sent unwillingly into space by NASA in the ’60s. The video chronicles Perry’s story. For the band’s upcoming tour dates, click here.

Circles Around the Sun releases on Aug. 21. Variance recently caught up with Dispatch, and the story is forthcoming.

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WATCH: Jay-Z, Kanye West at BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend

BBC Radio 1′s big Hackney Weekend in London was a huge success, with an estimated 50,000 people attending the first day which featured a slew of big-name performers. Artists taking the stage included Jack White, Ed Sheeran, will.i.am, Rita Ora, Nicki Minaj, Emeli Sande, Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia (who just announced their latest tour will be their final one) and, of course, the headliner Jay-Z, who was joined by M.I.A. and Rihanna for the first half of his set. For the last half hour, Kanye West surprised the crowd and joined his Watch the Throne comrade.

The pair performed renditions of “Otis,” “No Church in the Wild,” “Murder to Excellence,” and last but not least, “N----- in Paris”. Fortunately for those who could not attend, BBC broadcasted the free event on television, meaning for the first time, there’s pro-shot video of The Throne performing.

Sunday's line-up features headliner Rihanna, along with performances from Florence and the Machine, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J, Plan B, David Guetta and Lana Del Rey.

Watch video of Jay-Z and Kanye West performing at Hackney Weekend below. Scroll to around the 21:00 mark to see Beyoncé mosh to “N----- in Paris." It's pretty amazing.

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