1. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially…

  2. P. Reign, 'Pon Tour': Watch Backstage Footage of Drake's Tour in New Video

    April 17, 2014 11:05 AM EDT When Drake wrapped his “Would You Like A Tour?” in London last month, the best seat in the house belonged to P. Reign. In “Pon Tour” the rapper and OVO affiliate gives us a bird’s-eye view of Drizzy’s massive performances at The O 2 Arena including backstage cameos from Rihanna, The Weeknd…

  3. SZA Talks 'Z' Album & Being the Only Girl In Top Dawg Entertainment

    April 07, 2014 10:45 AM EDT A year ago , if you lived in New York and were running low on moisturizer, SZA might have been your girl. Back then she was working the floor at the cosmetics retail chain Sephora, "standing around with an ear piece in [and] helping people out with their face cream." Today, her job…

  4. Ed Sheeran Serenades Sick Teen Minutes Before Death

    April 03, 2014 10:06 AM EDT Sheeran "sang her to sleep," says the brother of Triona Priestley. Earlier this week, Ed Sheeran gave a special call to Dublin teenager Triona Priestley, performing her favorite song over the phone just moments before she tragically lost her battle with cystic fibrosis. According to…

  5. Drake Releases 'Days In The East' Song: Listen

    April 03, 2014 9:44 AM EDT Early this morning, Drake released his second song in two days, "Days in the East." Drake Samples Lauryn Hill In New Song 'Draft Day': Listen Drake changes the pace from the subliminal-charged "Draft Day" to the slow, affair-themed PARTYNEXTDOOR and Noah "40…

  6. Chart Highlights: KONGOS No. 1, Black Keys Blast In At Alternative Radio

    March 31, 2014 4:05 PM EDT KONGOS' 'Come With Me Now' crowns Alternative Songs, while the Black Keys make a splashy return with 'Fever.' Plus, new No. 1s for Kylie Minogue, Blake Shelton and Prince Royce Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  7. Lil Wayne Talks 'Carter V' Album & Kendrick Lamar's 'Control' Verse In CRWN Interview

    March 19, 2014 1:00 PM EDT "I'm approaching it like it is my last project – I think that's why it's a lot different than anything else." Lil Wayne expands on why "Tha Carter V," set for a May release, will likely be his last solo album in the first episode of his "Lil Wayne CRWN…

  8. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    March 06, 2014 1:15 PM EST To honor the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, we’re counting down the tally's top 100 tracks ever. Rap is a victorious genre. Having built its history on songs of overcoming the harshest of hard-knock lives, in addition to observances of all of life'…

  9. Chief Keef Talks Rehab, 'Bang 3' Album & Learning How to Surf

    February 14, 2014 2:10 PM EST Keef's new single, the aptly titled "Fuck Rehab,' is expected soon. It's the end of January, but the Orange County air is balmy — the kind of weather Southern California is enviously famous for. Surfers dot the beach, basking in the remaining moments of sunlight as dusk…

  10. Nicki Minaj Apologizes for Malcolm X Cover Art

    February 13, 2014 7:49 PM EST Nicki Minaj has apologized for using a famous photo of Malcolm X with a rifle in his hands and juxtaposing it with a racial slur for her new song. Minaj posted the photo Wednesday on her website and Instagram page, and received criticism for how she used the Malcolm X image. It's for her…

  11. Nicki Minaj Debuts Video For New Song, 'Lookin' Ass Ni--a': Watch

    February 12, 2014 4:39 PM EST Nicki Minaj has unleashed the video for her new single, "Lookin' Ass Ni--a." The black and white Nabil-directed video features the rapper/singer in the middle of a desert, taking aim at fake and lying dudes, literally. Watch below: "Lookin' Ass Ni--a"…

  12. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the late 90s and early aughts, before the world ever really knew who he was, Kanye West was merely just a record producer. He cut his teeth ghost-producing tracks for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Diddy's Hitmen production team, and turned his uncredited work…

  13. Beyonce Earns 7th No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 1 with 'Drunk In Love'

    February 06, 2014 6:50 PM EST Beyonce’s roll continues as “Drunk in Love” jumps 4-1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs to mark her seventh chart-topper as a solo artist. (She also led the list four times as a member of Destiny’s Child.) Bey’s last leader on the chart was 2011’s “Love on Top” which ruled for seven weeks in 2012.…

  14. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  15. Smoke DZA, 'Black Independence' Feat. J. Ivy: Exclusive Song Premiere

    January 16, 2014 1:14 PM EST The rapper debuts his single after speaking on respect and creative independence on Twitter. Smoke DZA has a few things to get off his chest. The rapper took to Twitter today (Jan. 16) to speak on the inspiration behind his upcoming album, "Dream.ZONE.Achieve" (April 1) and his…

  16. 14 Artists to Watch in 2014

    January 13, 2014 12:00 PM EST They're not household names. . . yet, but these 14 music makers -- including pop stars in the making, soulful UK upstarts, an up and coming rapper, and a few hot groups -- are primed to do big things this year. John Newman , @JohnNewmanMusic Genre: Soul After the British…

  17. Rick Ross, Jay Z Team Up For 'The Devil Is A Lie': Listen

    December 19, 2013 2:06 PM EST Rick Ross and Jay Z team up for the sixth time on Rick Ross latest single, "The Devil Is A Lie." "The Devil Is A Lie" features Ross predictably boasting while Jay Z takes on Illuminati allegations: "Devil want these ni—as to hate their own kind/ Got to be the…

  18. The Year In R&B/Hip-Hop 2013: Justin Timberlake, Drake & Macklemore Claim The Charts

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Blue-eyed soul and hip-hop. New R&B breakthroughs. Rap icons still holding it down. Those are just a few of the key takeaways from 2013 in R&B and hip-hop. Monitoring all this activity to draw a more detailed picture: a host of new R&B and rap charts. Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip…

  19. Wu-Tang Clan's 'Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    November 08, 2013 1:13 PM EST I didn't enter the Wu-Tang on November 9, 1993, the date that "36 Chambers" was released. I, like many others, discovered that they were nothing to fuck with years later -- specifically, 11 years later, when a friend gave me a 2004 compilation album, "Legend of the Wu…

  20. Chart Highlights: Rihanna Tops Dance Club Songs, Young The Giant Returns, Lorde Adds Latin Airplay

    November 04, 2013 4:05 PM EST Rihanna notches her latest No. 1, Young the Giant returns to rock airwaves and Lorde's 'Royals' crosses to Latin radio. Plus, Donald Lawrence takes over atop Gospel Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the…

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