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This year’s Essence Music Festival was definitely one to remember!

Nearly a half million attendees converged upon New Orleans this 4th of July weekend for the 2015 ESSENCE Festival, one of the country’s largest live events.  The annual 4-day Festival, which took place July 2-5, features entertainment, empowerment, and cultural experiences during the day and the world’s best performers each night.  In addition, for the first time this year, the Festival touched tens of thousands of fans around the world via 100 hours of produced live-stream content.

Missy Elliot hit the EMF stage on Saturday night, which was the most anticipated performance of the entire weekend, along with Kendrick Lamar. Serving up a plethora of hits that we all from the hitmaker; “Work It”, “Get Your Freak On”, “Pass That Dutch”, “Hot Boyz” and so much more. The crowd was loosing their minds!

Team SFPL was on-hand to get exclusive coverage of the entire weekend just inches away from the stage:

.@missyelliot performs “Work It”! #EssenceFest #StuffFlyPeopleLike #EFMedia15 #FordUp

A video posted by Stuff Fly People Like (@thesfpl) on Jul 7, 2015 at 9:40am PDT

There’s plenty more footage right on SFPL’s IG page!

Towards the bitter end of Elliot’s set, it seems as her time was up, once her mic was completely turned off following the lights on stage. Leaving, singer Monica behind the curtains as she was about to step out, as the surprise guest.

Missy then proceeded to pull the singer by her hand, as she waved to crowd in the dark. It’s unfortunate that it happened so prematurely, but eventually Missy was brought back on-stage after Usher‘s set with the Essence crew giving a public apology for the mishap.

solange throws party for missy elliot

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Later, ME attended the Wind And Grind afterparty presented by Saint Heron & Ciroc, hosted by Solange Knowles featuring the Missy Appreciation Hour with a special surprise tribute performance. Kelly Rowland, Beyonce and Jay Z were in the building for the festivities.

 

tweet sings to missy elliot

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Singer Tweet was on-hand to take the party-goers down memory lane! It was such a great time!

 

kendrick lamar at essence fest

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Kendrick Lamar closed out this year’s Essence Fest in a major way! Covering his hit songs like; “Alright”, “King Kunta”, “The Blacker the Berry” and more. Lamar gave attendees a real live visual of his latest chart-topping album To Pimp A Butterfly.

Peep a short clip of his performance below:

#KendrickLamar slows “Alright” down a bit at #EssenceFest! #StuffFlyPeopleLike

A video posted by Stuff Fly People Like (@thesfpl) on Jul 6, 2015 at 2:45pm PDT

From the beginning to end, KL keep the audience intrigue and wanting more!

trey songz performs at essence

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Singer Trey Songz also graced the stage keeping the women on “everything Trigga”! Clad in a white button-down, ripped jeans, and a pair of white leather Buscemi sneakers, Songz was quite Fly!

trey songz at essence fest

Gabriel Williams of SFPL

Trey also paid a visit to Press backstage in the Media Room to answer a few questions after his EMF performance.

lecrae at the essence fest

Gabriel Williams of SFPL

Christian Rapper Lecrae hit the Media Room after just leaving the stage, giving the audience a reason why his album was #1 in the country! The talented artist discussed Hurrican Katrina [10th Anniversary], coming to New Orleans as a kid to visit family, how he likes to study culture being a Social Anthropologist, and working on a new album after a few more show dates.

lecrae at essence fest in yeezy boost

Gabriel Williams of SFPL

As he entered, you couldn’t help but see his new pair of the Yeezy Boost 350‘s!

mary j blige at essence festival

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The incomparable Mary J. Blige put on one HELL of a performance! Dip in red and later changing into all black jumpsuit, Mary delivered her music catalog of hits, and it was a site to see! Surprise guest, Method Man hit the stage as he and Mary reminisced the crowd with the classic hit song “You’re All I Need.”

Take a peek below:

#MaryJBlige performing her set at #EssenceFest #StuffFlyPeopleLike A video posted by Stuff Fly People Like (@thesfpl) on Jul 6, 2015 at 2:47pm PDT

The best show ever!

mary j blige visits samsung

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A few hours before her concert appearance, Mary stopped by the Samsung Milk Music Lounge at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for a brief interview, and to test out a few products.

usher performs for essence festival

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Usher takes over the Essence Fest stage just after Missy’s timeless performance, taking us back the My Way day! Too many songs, Ursh touched on just about every song her has ever recorded.

#Usher doing his thing on stage at #EssenceFest! #StuffFlyPeopleLike #EFMedia15 #FordUp @howuseeit

A video posted by Stuff Fly People Like (@thesfpl) on Jul 4, 2015 at 10:24pm PDT

Great job Usher!

erykah badu at essence festival

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Erykah Badu took the stage giving her BADU’isms, as she took the Essence crowd on a journey through her classics! From “Tyrone” to “On & On”, there was no stopping the audience from singing every lyrics attached to Erykah’s songs.

More coverage about the 2015 Essence Festival coming up soon!

-(@GabrielofSFPL)

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