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Hangout Festival: Seven Can’t-Miss Hip-Hop Moments

Hangout Festival: Seven Can’t-Miss Hip-Hop Moments

Kendrick Arrives In Style

MTV News’ Hottest MC in the Game missed his flight but chartered a private jet in order to avoid disappointing the crowd at Hangout Fest. The Compton MC arrived in style less than 30 minutes after his set was originally scheduled to begin and immediately took control of the crowd, rewarding their patience with fan favorites from both good kid, m.A.A.d city and his Section.80 independent album and knocked out his featured verse on A$AP Rocky’s “F—in’ Problems.”

Macklemore Walks The Walk

You can’t escape them. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are all over the radio, in commercials and even closed out the Boom Boom Tent on the first night of Hangout. Macklemore walked all over the audience, crossing a sea of hands as he made his way across the overflow crowd. Oh, and for an encore, he rode a killer whale into the audience during their performance of “Thrift Shop.”

Public Enemy ‘Fight the Power’

On Saturday, Public Enemy took to the stage to remind the Hangout crowd why they are the latest hip-hop inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They delivered a punishing set that included nearly all of their hits, but the highlight may have been their performance of their 1989 anthem “Fight the Power.”

Sway’s Surprise Rap Battle

Kendrick’s lateness forced Sway to hold it down a little longer than expected in between sets. MTV News’ own was hyping crowds between sets and when Compton’s good kid was running late, Sway hosted an unexpected rap battle between wannabe MCs pulled from the audience. Nineteen-year-old Matt Webb from Gulf Breeze, Florida, was the crowd favorite.

The Roots ‘Get Busy’

The Roots are reliable regulars at summer festivals, playing weekend gigs that fit into their “Late Night” schedule, and they always deliver a memorable show. Hangout was no different. One of the crowd’s favorite moments was when they played 2008’s “Get Busy” into a cover of Kool & The Gang’s “Jungle Boogie.”

Kendrick Praises Kanye

Kanye may not have been at Hangout Music Festival, but he was on the lips of nearly everyone there. After revealing “New Slave” on Friday night by playing the video on 66 buildings around the world, Yeezy hit “Saturday Night Live” the very next night to debut “Black Skinhead.” And of course, his soon-to-be baby mama confirmed Yeezus as his album title, giving meaning to the widely speculated June 18 release date and unveiling the album artwork. On Saturday afternoon, Sway asked Kendrick what he thought of Kanye’s album rollout.

Macklemore’s Festival Tip

When you’re at a three day festival, eating is key to survival. Hangout has no shortage of food, but Macklemore said that one food really stood out.

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