Four-Play: 2011 Essence Music Festival

Kanye West rocks classics and newbies at 2011 Essence Music Festival on July 2, 2011 at New Orleans.

This past weekend, plus Friday (July 1 through July 3), the '2011 Essence Music Festival' brought out a star-studded lineup to New Orleans, LA. Artists from Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Jill Scott to El Debarge and New Edition awed the Superdome with performances of their oldies and newbies.

R&B and hip-hop acts did not disappoint, on nor off stage. While 'Ye closed his set with "Hey Mama," in honor to his late mother, Dr. Dondria West, Matthew Knowles, Beyoncé's father, allegedly told media outlets that there is an "Destiny's Child reunion album in the works," according to The YBF.

Check out four performance virals from the '2011 Essence Music Festival' that deserve extra playtime.

Usher gets touchy... with himself when performing "Lil' Freak."

New Edition (yes, including Bobby Brown) reunite to perform "Hit Me Off" and "Jealous Girl."

Mr. West plays a selection of his fave. R&B songs that include Shai, Bell Biv DeVoe, Al Green and more.

Fantasia says "fuck it" to what critics have to say.


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