Five Hip-Hop Highlights at SXSW 2014: Friday, March 14

Billy Johnson, Jr.
Maximum Performance

SXSW had plenty Hip-Hop goodness to offer on Friday, the fourth day of the music segment of the conference, and Yahoo Music was fortunate to experience some of the highlights.

Below, see our top 5 moments for the day:

1. Lil Wayne Gets Personal

Lil Wayne's CRWN interview with Rap Radar's Elliott Wilson doesn't just make this list because the New Orleans rapper is one of the biggest names in popular music but because he opened up. Elliott navigated Weezy through stories about the recent passing of his second mom, the old neighbor responsible for getting him hooked on sports, numerous stories about the ways fatherhood has motivated him and why he stopped calling himself the best rapper alive. But there were also questions he dodged -- 2013 health scare, marriage, and that brilliantly hilarious deposition video.


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2. Slaughterhouse Goes for the Kill

Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I and Royce da 5'9" individually are ferocious lyrical beasts, and they are even better, together, and live. We were glad to catch their 1:45 a.m. headlining set at Austin's Parish at a show hosted by Hot 97 personality Peter Rosenberg.


3. Erykah Badu Receives Props

During the toast to Erykah Badu, Motown executive Ethiopia Habtemariam described the "Window Seat" singer as an "innovator" who pushes boundaries and motivates and inspires us. Appreciative of the gesture extended by Motown and Samsung, Erykah thanked everyone for their support, urging them to "keep that sh-t funky." Yahoo Music was at the edge of the stage, raising a glass of bubbly in unison.


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4. Aloe Blacc Revisits Rap Roots

Fans of Aloe Blacc's pop hits "I Need a Dollar" and Avicii callab "Wake Me Up" might be surprised to know that's he's also a damn good rapper. Those fortunate enough to be at Okayplayer's Friday night event saw him revisiting his earlier work with DJ Exile for their group Emanon.

5. Andy Mineo Brings the Energy

Our plans to catch Andy Mineo's performance at Tap Room didn't turn out they way we intended. The Syracuse, New York preaching, skateboarding rapper took the stage earlier than expected and the entry line moved too slowly, so we implemented plan b: We watched from the entrance. Fortunately, for our purposes, the back of the stage was adjacent to the doorway. The rapper gaining an increasing amount of mainstream attention delivered.

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