1. Atlanta's Top 8 New Rappers

    December 18, 2014 2:05 PM EST Atlanta is home to a constantly rising number of up-and-coming acts -- it's quickly becoming a powder keg of talent waiting to blow. The most impressive quality of the city’s scene is that no one rapper or singer is the same, and they all reach wildly different demographics, from…

  2. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

  3. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  4. The 10 Best Rap Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:10 PM EST Maybe it's just where the industry's headed, maybe it's just a result of how 2013's calendar worked, but this year rap fans digested their music through song, not album. And the songs came from unexpected places, like Vine and Soundcloud, to speak nothing of Detroit and…

  5. Chris Rock and Questlove Talk the Greatest MCs of All Time and Collaborating on New Movie 'Top Five'

    December 08, 2014 4:37 PM EST It's a cold November morning, and Chris Rock has come to meet Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson at his office, which is also his dressing room and his studio, on the sixth floor of 30 Rock, where Jimmy Fallon shoots The Tonight Show . Questlove, 43 -- the drummer for The Roots ,…

  6. Nicki Minaj Reveals Lost Child Would Have Been 16 on 'All Things Go'

    December 03, 2014 10:50 AM EST Nicki Minaj is one to keep her private life private, but on her third studio album, The Pinkprint , the rapper is laying bare. She opens her third The Pinkprint with one of her most vulnerable and sincere songs to date, "All Things Go." "All Things Go" -- produced by Boi…

  7. Zooey Deschanel Keeps Dancing on Her Own in She & Him's 'Stay Awhile' Video

    November 19, 2014 9:37 PM EST Zooey Deschanel is a great physical actress, as evidenced by her slapstick antics on New Girl , but she clearly needs a little digital help pulling off the visual tricks in the just-released She & Him video for "Stay Awhile." How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She &…

  8. Olly Murs on His 'Disco-y' New Single & Band Aid 30's 'Do They Know It’s Christmas?'

    November 17, 2014 6:37 PM EST 'I just really hope people around the world get behind the song,' he says of the latest Band Aid effort. "It's fun, it's happy, it's cheeky, it's feel-good," Olly Murs says about his new single, "Wrapped Up," which was released Monday (Nov…

  9. Latin Grammys 2014: Meet the Best New Artist Nominees

    November 17, 2014 2:57 PM EST This year's Best New Artist nominees at the Latin Grammys -- all 10 of them -- have roots in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela. Below, we highlight their work and music and what's going on in the musical minds of these artists who'll be sharing an international…

  10. Big K.R.I.T. Delivers Best Work With 'Cadillactica': Track-by-Track Review

    November 10, 2014 1:44 PM EST Before Big K.R.I.T. releases an album, he puts his music through the car test. That is, once his project is complete, the 28-year old rapper/producer cues up his recorded compilation of songs and takes a four-hour drive from his Atlanta home and recording base back to his hometown of…

  11. Future Doesn't Shy Away From Rumors on 'Monster' Mixtape: Listen

    October 29, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Monster , the latest mixtape from Future , comes during a tumultuous year for the rapper. The highs: He put out Honest in April, an acclaimed album that will likely end up on year-end lists, and Ciara gave birth to his son not long after. The lows: Within months, Future split up with ex…

  12. T.I., 'Paperwork': Track-by-Track Review

    October 20, 2014 12:30 PM EDT T.I. has always had some source of inspiration behind his albums, whether it came off sounding good or not. On his first three albums, T.I. was looking to live up to the "King of the South" title he bestowed upon himself as a rookie. King (2006) saw him enjoying his self-professed…

  13. Listen: Lil' Kim Releases Jadakiss-Assisted Song, 'Real Sick'

    September 11, 2014 1:49 PM EDT "The Queen's back, bitches." Lil' Kim kicks off her new song, "Real Sick," strong: "Lil' Kim, the one they all love and hate / The Queen's back bitches, regurgitate / I got these hos real sick like a stomach ache." "Real Sick" --…

  14. 15. Bobby Shmurda: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: April 1, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why He's Hot: Bobby Shmurda took 2014 by storm. His viral hit, "Hot Ni--a," spawned countless Vine videos and memes in which people perform his signature Shmoney dance. The dance craze has…

  15. Hoodie Allen Goes 'Dumb' for New Single & Video

    September 10, 2014 6:02 PM EDT 'Dumb for You' debuts at No. 1 on Billboard + Twitter Trending 140. Less than a month before his debut hits shelves (or iShelves), Hoodie Allen has a treat for fans: a new song and music video. On Monday night, the New York-based rapper released "Dumb for You" as a…

  16. Nicki Minaj Reveals 'The Pinkprint' Album Release Date

    September 10, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Nicki Minaj has set a date for her highly anticipated album, The Pinkprint . Her forthcoming third studio album will be released on Nov. 24. She took to Twitter on Tuesday night to announce the release date. 11.24 The Pinkprint — Anaconda (@NICKIMINAJ) September 10, 2014 The announcement…

  17. Jeezy Talks 'Seen It All' Album, Trap Music & Career Longevity

    September 09, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Like nearly all rappers, Jeezy is the axis of any room; he's the most magnetic person around. During an off day from the Under the Influence of Music Tour, he appears flustered only when the 1980s new wave record "I Melt With You" blasts through the restaurant’s speakers. (…

  18. Kany Garcia Notches Her Highest-Charting Album

    August 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Plus: Street-date violation sales push Chayanne to an early debut. Kany Garcia earns her highest-charting album ever on Top Latin Albums , as her new release, Kany Garcia: En Vivo , debuts at No. 4 with 2,000 copies sold in its first week (ending Aug. 24), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pepe…

  19. Listen: Lil' Kim Remixes Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy'

    August 28, 2014 5:37 PM EDT After remixing Bobby Shmurda 's "Hot Ni--a" and Rae Sremmurd 's "No Flex Zone," Lil' Kim hops on Iggy Azalea 's "Fancy." I'm so fancy!! Had to show my girl @IGGYAZALEA some love!! Muuaaahhh!!! #KimmySoFancy https://t.co/l0g43ykOkb — Lil&…

  20. Watch Vine Star Bobby Shmurda Crash Drake & Lil Wayne's Concert

    August 27, 2014 9:54 AM EDT Drake is on tour battling Lil Wayne , but that doesn’t mean he can't break from the mano a mano and bring a guest on stage every now and then. So on Monday night in Holmdel, New Jersey, Drizzy enlisted the help of Vine star Bobby Shmurda to liven up his set. “You’re my boss, you’re my…

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