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Yes, by all accounts, Kanye West’s Billboard Music Awards performance was a disaster. There was barely any audio, practically no visual and overall, it was just a mess.

That may have been the story on Sunday in Vegas, but just one day before that Yeezy brought the house down at Power 106’s Power House concert! Mr. West closed out the show and performed for over an hour in front of a packed house at the Honda Center in Anaheim. From “All Day” to “Touch The Sky”, “Flashing Lights” and even “Only One”, ‘Ye performed hit after hit and definitely gave the people their money’s worth.

In addition to Kanye, other acts like Ludacris, Kid Ink, Ty Dolla $ign, Casey Veggies, Tech N9NE and more hit the stage and killed it. Of course, HipHollywood was in the building and spoke to the acts before they hit the stage. Check out all the interviews in the video above.


Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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