Kanye West Gives Surprise SXSWPerformance at 2 Chainz Show


Two nights after Jay-Z ** dazzled
South by Southwest with an
American Express-sponsored
show on Monday night (Mar. 12),
his “Watch The Throne” partner,
Kanye West **, made an
unannounced appearance during
New York venue S.O.B.’s 30th
anniversary showcase
Wednesday night at the Belmont
in Austin.
At around 1:30 am CST, West and
rapper Big Sean ** joined 2
Chainz, a new signee to Def Jam’s
roster, onstage, leading to dozens
of flip cams springing up from
the surprised audience.
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After West and Big Sean
bestowed 2 Chainz with some
kind words (sort of like the props
Raekwon ** gave The Artist
Formerly Known as Tity Boi at his
New York show in January), Sean
launched into “Dance (A$$),” then
“Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay” with
West. Yeezy, dressed in a black
tux, then took center stage for his
“Graduation” single “Can’t Tell Me
Nothing.”
The S.O.B.’s showcase also
featured buzzworthy hip-hop/
R&B acts like Machine Gun Kelly,
Miguel and Elle Varner. Joe
Budden, a member of headlining
rap supergroup Slaughterhouse,
apparently tipped fans off to
West’s impromptu appearance by
posting on Twitter [ LINK], “Just
had a pretty deep talk w Kanye…..
That was dope.”
West, who will head to Europe in
May on the next leg of his “Watch
The Throne” tour, performed
alongside Jay-Z at SXSW in 2011.

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