1. Schoolboy Q on Kendrick Lamar's Upcoming Album: 'He's Perfecting That S---'

    January 12, 2015 12:55 PM EST The only sure thing about Kendrick Lamar 's upcoming album? His close associates can't wait for the world to hear it. "Kendrick really stepped his game up," says labelmate Jay Rock . Schoolboy Q alludes to Lamar's painstaking studio methods: "He's…

  2. Billboard Cover: Kendrick Lamar on Ferguson, Leaving Iggy Azalea Alone and Why 'We're in the Last Days'

    January 09, 2015 9:00 AM EST Kendrick Lamar’s not your average hip-hop savior: He’s a poetic, God-fearing introvert with maverick views on everything from police violence to Iggy Azalea -- and, yes, the rapture. Most of Kendrick Lamar 's days begin -- or maybe end -- around 5 a.m., when the 27-year-old king of…

  3. Watch Beyonce & Jay Z Surprise U.S. Troops on New Year's Eve

    January 06, 2015 9:52 PM EST Beyonce and Jay Z had a special New Year's treat for thousands of U.S. troops stationed in Kuwait and Afghanistan: a screening of their On the Run HBO special and a message from Queen Bey herself. "I just want to say a big thank you to our troops for everything you do to…

  4. Paul McCartney Worked on a Song About Police Killings: 'I'm Not Giving Up On It'

    December 19, 2014 1:00 AM EST Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, he seems as boyish and light-footed as he was on stage decades ago for The Ed Sullivan Show , his manner informal, his build slender and well suited for jeans and…

  5. Jon Stewart Mocks Fox News' Sean Hannity Over Clumsy Jay Z Jab

    December 18, 2014 10:25 AM EST Fox News anchor Sean Hannity had a very Fox News moment recently, criticizing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for associating with Jay Z . It wasn’t just that Cuomo was agreeing with Jay Z in calling out the Staten Island grand jury that didn’t indict an NYPD officer for the chokehold death…

  6. Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Weird Al – But Not Beyonce – Top Google's 'Year In Search'

    December 16, 2014 11:00 AM EST Google has unleashed its annual Year In Search results, and the music categories are popping with emerging artists and trendsetting newsmakers. Iggy Azalea makes several appearances, most notably the top spot on the trending music artists tally, beating Lorde , Sam Smith , Meghan Trainor…

  7. Op-Ed: John Legend Demands Change After Eric Garner & Ferguson Decisions

    December 12, 2014 11:30 AM EST When Common and I wrote the song "Glory" for the stunning new film Selma , we drew inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contemporaries who strived and sacrificed to achieve racial equality in the face of seemingly hopeless odds. As I watched the final version of…

  8. Jay Z & N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

    December 11, 2014 5:38 AM EST Jay Z , the most powerful man in hip hop, has met with New York’s highest-elected official, Governor Andrew Cuomo , to rap on reform to the state’s criminal justice system.  Hov met with Cuomo on Wednesday to discuss potential changes to law, and to float the appointment of a special…

  9. Solange Knowles Shares Her Beautiful Honeymoon Photos From Brazil

    November 30, 2014 2:34 PM EST Solange Knowles is giving the world a peak into her honeymoon with new husband Alan Ferguson. Beyonce Instagrams Gorgeous Pictures of Solange's Wedding The 28-year-old singer has been posting some beautiful photos to Instagram over the weekend from her honeymoon in Brazil. The…

  10. Ferguson Officer Who Shot Michael Brown Resigns

    November 29, 2014 8:11 PM EST The Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown has resigned, his attorney said Saturday, nearly four months after the confrontation between the white officer and unarmed black 18-year-old that ignited protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation. Darren Wilson, who has…

  11. Rap’s Bottle-Service Timeline: How Hip-Hop Has Bigged Up Booze Through the Years

    November 25, 2014 6:24 PM EST Jay Z has once again done what no other rapper has: buying outright an existing liquor brand, Armand de Brignac Champagne, in a deal announced this month. But this isn’t the first time hip-hop has bigged up booze, whether through song, collabs or in an ad. Jay Z Had a Favorite Champagne…

  12. Ferguson: Beyonce Shares Statement From Michael Brown's Family

    November 25, 2014 1:40 PM EST Beyonce has weighed in on the grand jury's decision, announced Monday night, to not indict Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Using her preferred method of communication with the masses, Instagram, the singer shared a photo of the statement from the Brown family,…

  13. Here's That Sweet Photo of Blue Ivy Carter at Solange's Wedding You Were Waiting For

    November 19, 2014 11:05 AM EST Yes, yes, Solange 's wedding photos were stunning, and the group shot of all the women looked like PR for a new rising empire. But there was one family photo missing that fans were hoping to get a glimpse of: Blue Ivy Carter at the wedding. Beyonce Instagrams Gorgeous Pictures of…

  14. Beyonce Instagrams Gorgeous Pictures of Solange's Wedding

    November 17, 2014 10:06 AM EST Solange 's new husband Alan Ferguson  officially put a ring on it over the weekend, and the pictures from the ceremony -- would we expect anything less from the Knowles family? -- are gorgeous.  Thankfully, Solange's big sister Beyonce (Maybe you've heard of her?) was there…

  15. Solange Knowles Marries Alan Ferguson With Beyonce and Jay Z in Attendance

    November 16, 2014 5:05 PM EST Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson are officially married! The wedding took place in a New Orleans church on Sunday (Nov. 16) in front of close friends and family, E! reports. Get To Know Solange's (Rumored) Fiance, Video Director Alan Ferguson: A Playlist About 200 people were in…

  16. Get To Know Solange's (Rumored) Fiance, Video Director Alan Ferguson: A Playlist

    November 15, 2014 9:06 PM EST Wedding bells may soon be ringing. Yes, Solange Knowles will reportedly be a married woman come Monday morning. According to a report , the "Losing You" singer is set to marry video director (and longtime love) Alan Ferguson on Sunday (Nov. 16) in New Orleans. With the couple…

  17. Billboard Cover: Andre 3000 Talks Playing Jimi Hendrix, His Seven-Year Disappearing Act and Outkast’s Future

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT André Benjamin is stressed. "I am, I really am," he says. Benjamin -- André 3000 to the fans who idolize him as the visionary half of Outkast , Atlanta’s hugely influential, recently reunited hip-hop duo -- is sitting at a glass conference table at Milk Studios in Hollywood,…

  18. Snoop Dogg & Doug E Fresh Highlight BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 21, 2014 10:29 AM EDT DJ Mustard won Producer of the Year and Future's song "Move That Dope" took home Best Club Banger award. With a picture of his mother on a large screen behind him, Doug E Fresh struggled to complete his sentence. The rapper dubbed "The Human Beat Box" choked up and…

  19. Jeezy on Ferguson: '13-Year-Olds Holding Molotovs? That's Not Supposed to Happen'

    September 05, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On Aug. 24, rapper Jeezy , born Jay Jenkins , and five associates were arrested on felony gun charges after -authorities found an AK-47 on his tour bus. The police were investigating the death of an attendee of Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa ’s Under the Influence of Music Tour ( Eric Johnson , 38),…

  20. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

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