1. Real-Life Industry Heavyweights Who Might Have Inspired VH1 TV Movie 'The Breaks'

    January 08, 2016 5:27 PM EST VH1’s new TV movie The Breaks depicts New York’s rap industry circa 1990. But unlike Empire ’s over-the-top drama, the film is filled with characters who closely mirror real-life movers and shakers from the era. Many of The Breaks'  characters are composites of Dan Charnas'…

  2. Behind 'The Breaks': Mack Wilds and DJ Premier on How They Helped VH1's Acclaimed Movie Keep It Real

    January 04, 2016 11:39 PM EST Even Lucious Lyon's Empire wasn't built in a day. Another music-centric television project, VH1's movie The Breaks , which premiered last night, takes a look at the hip-hop industry -- but well before the multiplatinum, shiny-suited heydays of labels like Bad Boy provided…

  3. DJ Premier Talks 'Compton,' Working With Dr. Dre for the First Time & Why 'Detox' Is Dead

    August 07, 2015 8:26 PM EDT It's hard to name two hip-hop producers more iconic than DJ Premier and Dr. Dre . They've both had a hand in the genre's growing canon, yet despite traveling in the same circles for more than 25 years, the pair had never worked together -- until now. Compton , Dr. Dre'…

  4. Dynamic Duo Team With DJ Premier for 'A Giant Step' Album, Korean Showcase

    July 18, 2014 6:21 PM EDT How the legendary producer linked up with one of K-pop's top hip-hop acts With more than a decade of crafting hip-hop masterpieces, Korean rap maestros Dynamic Duo have unquestionably left an indelible mark by bringing the genre to South Korea's mainstream. Now K-pop veterans,…

  5. The Roots Go Concept On New Album 'Undun'

    November 29, 2011 9:00 AM EST Ahmir " ?uestlove " Thompson had finally reached his breaking point. It was during an early-2011 recording session for the Roots ' new album, undun, when the drummer of the acclaimed Philadelphia hip-hop band stormed out of the troop's recording studio. At issue? Thompson&…

  6. Rapper Heavy D Dead at 44

    November 08, 2011 5:45 PM EST Heavy D , a rapper whose imposing size and crossover success helped make him a major rap star, died Tuesday afternoon at a Los Angeles hospital. According to confirmed reports , the 44-year-old rapper was found conscious on the walkway near his Beverly Hills home around 11:25 am when a 911…

  7. Remembering Guru, One Year After His Death

    April 19, 2011 2:09 PM EDT One year ago today (Apr. 19), Keith Elam, better known as the rapper Guru , lost his battle with cancer at the age of 43. As one half of East Coast duo Gang Starr , Guru spearheaded an influential hip-hop sound that combined effortless rapping with elements of jazz and funk. In addition to…

  8. Lauryn Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, Snoop Added to Rock the Bells

    June 09, 2010 1:52 PM EDT L auryn Hill , A Tribe Called Quest , DJ Premier and Snoop Dogg have been added to the lineup of this year's Rock the Bells festival. A Tribe Called Quest will perform its platinum-selling album "Midnight Marauders" -- which reached a peak of No. 8 on the Billboard 200 in its…

  9. R.I.P. Guru, Erykah Badu Announces Tour Dates

    April 20, 2010 5:34 PM EDT In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, rapper Guru has died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 43. He and DJ Premier made up the hip-hop duo Gang Starr , which released six albums between 1989 and 2003. Erykah Badu has announced dates for her 2010…

  10. Guru of Gang Starr Dies at 43

    April 20, 2010 8:25 AM EDT Rapper Guru has died at the age of 43 after a long battle with cancer, according to a statement released by his friend and producer Solar. The New York MC - whose real name was Keith Elam - suffered cardiac arrest on March 2 and had been in a coma. Gang Starr's Guru in Coma After Heart…

  11. DJ Premier Says Guru Is Recovering From Surgery

    March 02, 2010 1:13 PM EST Following reports that Gang Starr 's Guru had gone into a coma after suffering a heart attack, his former partner, DJ Premier, has tweeted that the rapper underwent a successful surgery and recovering, although he is still under a medically-induced coma. "Good news: #guru surgery…

  12. Bret Michaels' New Song, Shinedown in Wonderland

    March 01, 2010 4:51 PM EST In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Poison frontman Bret Michaels does a questionably raunchy duet with 17 year-old Miley Cyrus on his new song "Nothing to Lose". In sad news, Gang Starr 's Guru has suffered a heart attack and is in a coma,…

  13. This Day in Music

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST - New York rockers the Strokes earned their first No. 1 U.K. with their third Rough Trade set, "First Impressions of Earth." The group reached No. 2 with their two previous studio sets: 2001's "I 2006 - New York rockers the Strokes earned their first No. 1 U.K. with…

  14. This Day in Music

    January 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST - New York rockers the Strokes earned their first No. 1 U.K. with their third Rough Trade set, "First Impressions of Earth." The group reached No. 2 with their two previous studio sets: 2001's "I 2006 - New York rockers the Strokes earned their first No. 1 U.K. with…

  15. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    December 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Switchfoot puts its fans top of mind on its new Columbia album, Omarion grows up on his sophomore solo set and Matisyahu heads to Israel for inspiration in this week's Hot Product. The compilation "The Best of Rocky Balboa" (EMI), featuring tracks from throughout the six…

  16. DJ Premier Gunning For Whitney Comeback Album

    October 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After co-producing one of the top pop albums of the year, Christina Aguilera's "Back to Basics," DJ Premier is back in the studio honing projects by Nas, Amerie and Canibus, and close to securing prod After co-producing one of the top pop albums of the year, Christina Aguilera&…

  17. Aguilera Looks 'Back' On Upcoming Album

    March 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Christina Aguilera receives musical assistance from an unlikely collaborator on her upcoming album, "Back to Basics," due in June via RCA. Gang Starr principal DJ Premier produced five songs for the p Christina Aguilera receives musical assistance from an unlikely collaborator on…

  18. This Day in Music

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1998 - </b>Lynn Odrick sues Anthony "Ant" Banks for allegedly punching her, damaging her vision and breaking her nose with a pool cue on November 25. Banks is one of the West Coast's most prolific 2005 - Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" (RCA)…

  19. Nas Takes 'Street's Disciple' On The Road

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In the weeks leading up to his headlining appearance California's annual Rock the Bells concert, Nas will warm up with a handful of club performances beginning July 14 in Chicago. In the weeks leading up to his headlining appearance California's annual Rock the Bells concert, Nas…

  20. Dungen Expands Album, Tours North America

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Swedish multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes' Dungen project will finally release its acclaimed album, "Ta Det Lugnt," in North America this summer via Kemado Records. Swedish multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes' Dungen project will finally release its acclaimed album, …

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