Aside from having Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z, 2012 South By Southwest festival was also made merry by Lil Wayne and T.I.. Weezy took the stage at Austin Music Hall for DeWeezy launch party, his latest partnership with Mountain Dew. Tip, meanwhile, rocked La Zona Rosa for Warner Music Group showcase.
Weezy emerged on stage rolling on a skateboard. The Young Money Hip-Hop titan kicked off his set, which was supported by YMCMB artists, by performing "I'm Goin In". He told his fans, "I am here on behalf of Young Money-Cash Money, Trukfit, and Mountain Dew. .. And what I want you to do tonight is lose your f**king mind."
Performing such singles as "A Milli" and "How to Love", Weezy brought labelmates Mack Maine, Birdman, Shanell and Bow Wow as guests. The party was opened by Jay Sean and Mystikal, and closed by Weezy himself with "6 Foot 7 Foot". During the closing number, he's joined by Cory Gunz and Mountain Dew skateboarders, including Paul Rodriguez.
Elsewhere at the SXSW, T.I. supported "The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon" with Grand Hustle artists. This marked his first ever performance at the festival, and he acknowledged it. "I ain't never been here," the "Dead and Gone" hitmaker said. He took the stage after Snow Tha Product, XV, Kirko Bangz and Curren$y performed.
B.o.B catered the crowd as well. The 23-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper performed "Airplanes", "Beast Mode", "Nothin' on You" and his latest single "So Good", which music video is coming out soon. In addition to performing solo, Bobby Ray collaborated with Tip in "On Top of the World" and "I'm Dat N***a".
In an interview segment with Fuse at the festival, T.I. and B.o.B addressed rumor about Taylor Swift collaboration. "I can neither confirm nor deny such allegations," Bobby played coy, but Tip straightforwardly said, "I can. I heard it." He elaborated, "Taylor's extended Hustle Gang. She a part of the crew. She just ain't got her dog tags yet, but she's a part of the crew tho."
Now that the duet was confirmed, B.o.B was willing to share how the collaboration came out. "She came to Atlanta and she hit up Grand Hustle," he recalled. "I wasn't there. Tip was there and I eventually linked with her in Dallas and the rest is history." Both B.o.B and Tip once joined Taylor as her surprise guests during her tour last fall.