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Henry Adaso

New Year's Eve Rap Performances: Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, and More

By January 2, 2013

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Untie my dog. Turn on the lights. I'm ready to confess. This started off as a single post about Nicki Minaj's NYE performance for various reasons -- not least of which is an excuse to point out that she rocked her New Year's Eve concert in a gold dress (A FRICKIN' DRESS!), as opposed to the boisterous carnival she's trained us to expect. I don't think she's ever done that before. Anyway, as I set fingertips to keyboard, Gmail and Twitter kept inundating me with clips of other notable NYE performances. So I said fine, we'll make it a roundup, you guys. And you still get to see the Queen of Barbz in a gold dress. Everybody wins.

  • Nicki Minaj at Pure Nightclub, Las Vegas [YouTube]
  • T.I., B.o.B., and Future at Cameo Nightclub, Miami [YouTube]
  • Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole at The Observatory, Santa Ana [YouTube]
  • A$AP Rocky at BET's 106 & Party Concert [YouTube]
  • Trinidad James at BET's 106 & Party Concert [YouTube]

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