Photos, Videos and More From Birthday Bash 2016

All the way up! That’s the only way to describe our annual Birthday Bash on Thursday, June 9, at the Howard Theatre.

The blowout event featured performances by DMV Spotlight winners DC Dough and One Way Noochie, as well as Fat Joe, Desiigner, Young Greatness, Tabi Bonney, Ro James and Shade Jenifer. There was also a special birthday tribute to Prince.

PHOTOS: BIRTHDAY BASH ’16 | BEFORE THE BASH

But there were plenty of surprises…

Special guest Ginuwine ignited the crowd by performing “Pony” with Shade Jenifer. Wale and Rare Essence also made cameos, along with the legendary DJ Kool, Chuck Brown’s kids (Nekos, Wiley and KK), Scooby (Frank Sirius), Dirty Rico, Jas Funk, Killa Cal, Shorty Corleone, White Boy, JS AKA The Best, Mr. Major, Phil JaXon.

See the Go-Go All Stars tribute to Chuck Brown below.


PERFORMANCES

Headliner Fat Joe performed “New York,” “All the Way up,” and more.

Desiigner performed his hit song “Panda.”

Young Greatness performed “Moolah.”

Shade Jenifer sang “Ain’t No Problem,” backed by dancers.

Surprise guest Ginuwine joined Shade Jenifer onstage to perform his classic hit, “Pony.”

Ro James sang “Permission” and got down with a fan who danced onstage.

Dancers broke it down outside the Howard Theatre before doors opened.

EXCLUSIVE BACKSTAGE INTERVIEWS

Desiigner described what it’s like to hit it big at 19 years old, the moment Kanye West joined him in the studio, and more.

Shade Jenifer and DJ Young Music offered advice to aspiring artists.

Tabi Bonney talked about matching lingerie, the changing landscape of D.C, his new music and more.

Young Greatness explained how adversity helped him become the rapper he is today.

Ro James described the kind of woman he’s looking for.

With Sunni and Guy Lambert, Ro James debated hometowns and talked about his hit, “Permission.”

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