2016 Panorama NYC - Day 3
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Panorama NYC Day Three: Flatbush Zombies, SZA, Run The Jewels & A$AP Rocky End The Weekend On A High Note

People still packed in for the headliners and the mosh pits were still death traps, but for the most part people were taking their time and enjoying the final hours of what had been an epic weekend.

For those who survived to see the last day of Panorama NYC, their reward came in the form of slightly smaller crowds and slightly cooler weather. Gone were the days of spending 20 minutes in security lines and searching for the vendor with the best tacos. These fans were seasoned vets who'd earned their stripes over the craziness of the past two days.

People still packed in for the headliners and the mosh pits were still death traps, but for the most part people were taking their time and enjoying the final hours of what had been an epic weekend.

Here's our recap of day three:

Flatbush Zombies

It's Day 3 of #PanoramaNYC and Flatbush Zombies is in the house ?

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Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick Arc Elliott make up the Flatbush Zombies, distinctive rappers with sick flows straight out of BK. The trio moved about three long, table-like platforms on top of the stage jumping and spitting bars from 3001: A Laced Odessy and Clockwork Indigo EP. Meechy Darko couldn't seem to stay on the stage, and kept running through the crowd to turn up with the Zombie fans. Joey Bada$$ joined the group on stage to perform their song "Did U Ever Think."

SZA

"Come and see me for once..." #twoAM @justsza #PanoramaNYC

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In gray shorts and a Pinky and The Brain t-shirt, SZA kept it casual, allowing her beautiful voice to be the star of the show. She glided across the stage, feeling the beat to the bone. She even reached back to her time as a dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and threw in a few leaps and kicks. The TDE songstress remarked on the violence that has occurred this summer and expressed the importance of giving and receiving love. Aside from delivering crowd favorites such as "Child's Play," SZA also performed a cover of Musiq Soulchild's "Just Friends" and sang "Happy Birthday" to her mother, whose birthday was Saturday (July 24).

Run The Jewels

Killer Mike and EL-P let it be known that they came to "burn this stage to the f**kin' ground," and they kept that promise, spitting fire musically and politically. With enormous inflatables of the pistol and fist floating above, the duo ran through classics like "Run The Jewels" and "Blockbuster Night Part 1." They also brought all of their family and friends who came to the show, including South Sudanese super model Nyamuoch Girwath who recently landed a campaign with adidas, out on the stage to thank them for their love and support.

"Film the police. Always" @killermike #RunTheJewels #PanoramaNYC

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Killer Mike, who has been very vocal with his outrage about police brutality and systematic racism, gave a shout out to Bernie Sanders and joined the crowd in chanting "F**k Trump." EL-P dedicated their song "Lie, Cheat, Steal" to all the "sh*t-eating politicians." Also during their performance of "Early," Killer Mike encouraged the crowd to make their friendship circles as diverse as the crowd around them, which was filled with rap lovers of all colors and ages.

A$AP Rocky

"Mosh pit, mosh pit, mosh pit..." the A$AP mob chanted as they stalked around the stage. The crowd joined their chant pushing each other to the front gate, throwing water everywhere and jumping on each other just for the hell of it. Lord Pretty Flacko Joyde started off the set on top of a 10-foot stage on top of the stage. With the stage completely lit and smoke cannons firing in front, Rocky's silhouette looked ghost-like. The Harlem native gave his all for the NYC crowd, and fans spit that passion back word for word.

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D'Angelo And Maxwell Were Originally Scheduled For A 'Verzuz' Battle

It's no secret. Swizz Beatz and Timbaland have been working hard to pair up some of hip-hop and R&B's biggest stars for their Verzuz celebratory battles. To date, the duo has successfully hosted 24 of these events on Instagram Live and their streaming partner, Apple Music. Now, what you rarely hear about are the matches that could have been. In a live conversation following D'Angelo's damn-near-solo set—that many R&B lovers didn't know they needed—Swizz Beatz and Timbaland revealed how the soulful crooner was originally scheduled to take part in Verzuz alongside fellow "neo-soul" singer Maxwell.

"I'm not gonna lie. That sh*t took very long. Let's give people the story," starts Swizz. "What was supposed to happen was D'Angelo versus Maxwell on Valentine's Day. That didn't work out, but the fact that D'Angelo was still ready to go and still motivated, we had to celebrate him— matter who was on stage with him. We had to celebrate that king because, as you can see, those songs that he played tonight, man, that's real music."

He continues: "This is a celebrational stage and we couldn't play around with him. We had to let him get his garden because he showed up and showed out. That man pulled up to Verzuz three hours early. D'Angelo was the earliest person in Verzuz history tonight so don't get him showing up [at] the time he did mixed up with the pre-show which was by DJ Scratch."

Message received, but could you imagine how many more ladies would've gotten their lives on that night of love? Can you imagine the attempted falsetto singing done by viewers on that special and rare night? It would've been nice to see D'Angelo and Maxwell on the same bill, that's for sure.

Watch Swizz and Timbo talk about the match that could have been while clearing the air about D'Angelo's start-time at around the 4-minute and 20-second mark of the video below.

 

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Bobby Shmurda Returns Home After Serving 6 Years In Prison

After serving 6 years, Bobby Shmurda is finally out. The rapper, born Ackquille Pollard, was granted a conditional release from the New York state prison, Clinton Correctional Facility, on Tuesday morning (Feb. 23) and will serve the remainder of his 7-year sentence on parole. According to reports, Shmurda “will be under community supervision in Kings County until he completes his sentence on February 23, 2026.”

In true celebrity fashion, Shmurda was brought home in a private jet this morning. Earlier this week, Migos' Quavo told Billboard that he would do the honor of picking him up upon Bobby's release. "I'm going to get my guy. I'm personally gonna go pick up Bobby Shmurda. I'm bout to go get him. I'm gonna let him show you how I'm gonna pick him up, yessir. It's gonna be big."

And that he did.

 

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In December 2014, Shmurda was arrested at New York City's Quad Studios and was charged with conspiracy to murder, criminal possession of a weapon, criminally using drug paraphernalia, and reckless endangerment follow a two-year probe by the New York Police Department. In 2016, the former Epic Records signee and his childhood friend Rowdy Rebel accepted a plea deal and were sentenced to 7 years in prison.

“They kind of did it dirty at the end of the day,” Bobby explained in a phone interview with VIBE back in 2016. “They had offered me five (years) but then they said if I take the seven, then I’ll be taking it so that they could give Rowdy seven because they were going to offer him 12. I didn’t want my bro to do 12 years because at the end of the day, we didn’t really do nothing, but they playing dirty. So I’m going to take one for the bro.”

Now that Bobby is out, he'll be spending time with family and friends and getting his head back into creating new music. Watch his FaceTime call with his mother, Leslie, down below.

Welcome back, Bobby.

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Fred The Godson attends the Rhymes Over Beats Hip Hop Launch at The Griffin on March 31, 2014 in New York City.
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Fat Joe, Jim Jones and Bronx Community Celebrate Fred The Godson's Street Naming On His Birthday

Today (Feb. 22), the great MC, Fred The Godson, was honored posthumously with a street naming by his Bronx community and hip-hop industry comrades. Among the dozens of those that showed love to the rapper that passed away in April 2020 due to COVID-19 were BX native Fat Joe and Harlem repper Jim Jones. The street's South Bronx location of Leggett avenue and Kelly street will now also be called Fredrick "Fred The Godson" Thomas Way.

While snow fell heavily, the crowd of supporters and the organizers stood strong and watched as the sign was unveiled to cheers of joy. The Fred The Godson Foundation worked hard to make this day happen on what would have been Fred's 36th birthday. "Shortly after Fred’s passing, the Fred The Godson Foundation was created to carry on his legacy for his children and family, and the commitment to his dreams for the Bronx," says the foundation's mission statement. "The mission is to inspire, empower and nourish individuals, children and families in underserved communities, starting with Fred’s birthplace. The foundation will foster community unity through the common pursuit of wellness, prosperity, and opportunity."

 

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Known for having one of the most celebrated flows that included a barrage of double entendres and metaphors that were rarely matched, Fred was a respected MC with enormous skills that were able to get him featured on the famed 2011 XXL 'Freshman' class magazine cover along with Meek Mill, Mac Miller (RIP) and Kendrick Lamar. Jim Jones had some heartfelt words for the one named 'Gordo' at the ceremony, "Fred inspired me to do this music, a lot all over again. There was a time I really didn't want to do no music...and Fred would say, 'Nah, you gotta get in that booth Capo.'"

 

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The Thomas family announced thank you's and love to Councilmember Rafael Salamanca Jr. of District 17 in the South Bronx, Bronx Borough President Ruban Diaz, NYPD's 41st Precinct, and the Bronx community for helping make the Frederick “Fred the Godson” Thomas Way street co-naming possible.

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Much respect to the legacy of the husband and father, Fred The Godson.

 

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