On the first episode of Billboard's original series, Close Up, in which we offer an intimate artist portrait through unparalleled access into their world, we follow Xzibit as he prepares to release 'Napalm.'
On Oct. 17, Gucci Mane will unveil "Trap God," his third mixtape of the year following "Trap Back" and "I'm Up." By the end of 2012, the prolific Atlanta MC will have released a whopping 60 tracks -- but Mane tells Billboard that 2013 will be an even bigger year.
Jay-Z is giving a special gift to his fans who weren't able to make it out to his eight shows at Brooklyn's new Barclays Center. "Live in Brooklyn," an eight-song collection of live cuts, is scheduled to hit iTunes on Thursday (Oct. 11).
Wife Beyonce, who joined him on stage in a surprise appearance halfway through the show, apparently decided to meet him there instead of riding with him. But Barclays developer Bruce Ratner rode after him.