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Last night, Nas and Erykah  Badu performed the single “This Bitter Land”, a track taken from the soundtrack of the independent film “The Land”, which was executive produced by Nas and Cleveland OH native Machine Gun Kelly. An apparent take on the Billie Holiday classic “Strange Fruit”,  the track is a somber, melancholy ballad with a haunting melody by Badu as Nas delivers a verse about the ills and grit of society. The performance was a soul stirring one, to say the least. For those who may have missed it, Bell, Biv, DeVoe stopped by “The Wendy Williams Show” to perform their new single “Run” along with their classic “Poison.” In addition to performing, the group discussed their relationship with Bobby Brown, the forthcoming New Edition biopic, which will air on January 24 on BET,  and what they’ve been up to since their hiatus. Bell, Biv, DeVoe’s “Three Stripes” will be available on January 27. “Run” is currently available on iTunes. Composer/pianist/director Samora Pinderhughes recently called on friend Lalah Hathaway for a  live performance of the song “For Those Lost” at the Kennedy Center. The not yet recorded song pays tribute to Sandra Bland, an African American woman who was killed while in police custody. “For Those Lost” supports Pinderhughes’ debut protest driven project “The Transformation Suite”, which is available now. Detroit rapper Danny Brown, who released his fourth studio effort “Atrocity Exhibition” last month, has demonstrated his unorthodox approach to music and unveiled some personal demons as well. Now, he’s released the visual for the single “Pneumonia”, the follow up to “When It Rain”, which was released in June. The visual comes after the release of “Atrocity Exhibition”, which occurred on September 27. Fans are sure to enjoy the clip. Danny Boy isn’t the only artist with a new video available for viewing. Kid Cudi, who recently checked himself into rehab for “depression and suicidal urges”, has released a visual for the single “Frequency”, this after announcing that his forthcoming project “Passion, Pain And Demon Slaying”, has been delayed. The five minute clip shows a shirtless Cudi dancing to the loopy vibrations of the Mike Dean/Plain Pat track. The clip later shows Cudi journeying through a dark forest before flipping to a woman cloaked in jewels as she makes her way through a dimly lit  jungle. The video was directed by Danyi Deats, who produced Lana del Ray’s “Music To Watch Boys To” and T.I.’s “Private Show.”