1. Grammys' Alternative Album Category: The 10 Greatest Injustices

    December 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST 'Out of Time' over 'Nevermind'? 'Get Behind Me Satan' over 'Funeral'? Let's sort through these incorrect choices together. The history of the Grammy Awards is full of both rightful victories and shameful omissions. In hindsight, it's easy to…

  2. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  3. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  4. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Drake Lead Hot Rap Songs' 25th Anniversary Rankings

    March 06, 2014 2:08 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have had a monumental run since the 2012 release of their debut album, "The Heist." The duo has performed numerous sold out-shows and recently garnered four Grammy Awards. Now, there's another achievement that the rapper and producer can tuck…

  5. De La Soul, '3 Feet High and Rising' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 03, 2014 10:20 AM EST Twenty-five years ago today (March 3), De La Soul's seminal debut LP, "3 Feet High and Rising," was released. Widely-regarded as one of the best records of its era, and now almost universally praised, it's among the finest projects spawned by the Native Tongue…

  6. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tapping the sound of classic R…

  7. Rock The Bells 2013: Ol' Dirty Bastard's Hologram Performs with Son On Day 2

    September 09, 2013 11:09 AM EDT Method Man threatens to leave due to technical difficulties. Rock the Bells successfully pulled off a second hologram performance on night two of the double-date festival in San Bernardino, CA, but not without technical glitches. Photos: Rock the Bells 2013 | Eazy-E's Hologram Takes…

  8. Rock The Bells Adds J. Cole, Slick Rick, Action Bronson & More

    June 24, 2013 9:50 PM EDT Big Daddy Kane, KRS One, Deltron 3030 and other acts old and new have joined the four-concert bill. Rock the Bells added over a dozen names to its 2013 lineup during a press conference Monday night. J. Cole, Action Bronson, Big Daddy Kane, Deltron 3030, Freeway, Girl Talk, KRS One, Rapsody…

  9. Public Enemy's Chuck D: Rap Belongs in the Rock Hall

    December 11, 2012 3:45 PM EST "I've thought since day one that we should be recognized as much as anybody in rock," he tells Billboard As far as Chuck D is concerned, Public Enemy 's upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame resonates deeper than just with his group. Rock Hall Headlines •…

  10. Ice-T: 'The Art of Rap' Will Be More Than Just a Movie

    June 05, 2012 10:00 AM EDT As he prepares for the June 15 theatrical opening of his documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," Ice-T promises that the campaign "won't end with this film." "We've got a DVD. We have a television show. We have a soundtrack album," the…

  11. Ice-T To Bring Rap Performance to Sundance

    January 13, 2012 5:00 PM EST Ice-T , Chuck D and Grandmaster Caz are scheduled to perform at the Sundance Institute's annual Celebration of Music in Film on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah. Their performances are to celebrate Ice-T's documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," co-directed by Andy…

  12. Q&A: 'Platinum Hit' Winner Sonyae Elise Sees Kara DioGuardi as a Mentor

    August 08, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Sonyae Elise, the singer and songwriter on "Platinum Hit" who did not play an instrument or read music, was crowned the winner of the first season of Bravo's songwriting competition on Friday. Having released a mixtape, "Lady Rebel, Vol. 2," during the break between…

  13. Wu-Tang Clan To Revisit '36 Chambers' At Rock The Bells

    May 25, 2010 12:59 PM EDT Legendary rap collective the Wu-Tang Clan will return as headliners of the touring Rock the Bells hip hop festival and perform its debut album, "Enter the 36 Chambers," in its entirety. The 4-date tour kicks off on Aug. 21 in Los Angeles and includes stops in New York City, Mountain…

  14. Bono's Back Foils U2 Tour, RIP Paul Gray

    May 25, 2010 12:46 PM EDT In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Bono 's emergency back surgery has forced U2 to reschedule 16 shows and cancel their headlining slot at the Glastonbury Festival. The lineup for this year's Rock the Bells was announced yesterday, and includes Wu…

  15. Eminem, DMX, The Roots Pay Tribute To Def Jam At 2009 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors

    September 24, 2009 6:14 PM EDT Since its inception five years ago, VH1's Hip-Hop Honors has paid tribute to the preeminent figures in hip-hop history. For the sixth annual show, taped at Brooklyn's Academy of Music in New York last night (Sept. 23) and set to air on the network on Oct. 13, event coordinators…

  16. Song Debut: KRS-One's "Past Present Future"

    September 14, 2009 4:26 PM EDT As he prepares the release of his 15th album and second major collaborative set -- a joint effort with fellow rapper Buckshot slated to hit stores on Sept. 15 via Duck Down Records -- Brooklyn rapper KRS-One gives Billboard.com readers an exclusive listen to "Past Present Future,"…

  17. Stones Throw / May 8, 2009 / New York (American Museum of Natural History)

    May 12, 2009 12:15 PM EDT James Pants, Mayer Hawthorne, Dãm-Funk, and Peanut Butter Wolf--all artists on the independent hip-hop label Stones Throw Records--provided a celestial soundtrack Friday night (May 8) at “One Step Beyond,” a monthly series at the American Museum of Natural History where attendees experience…

  18. Nas, Damian Marley Prep Collaborative Album

    April 08, 2009 11:02 AM EDT As reported on Billboard.com earlier this year (read: Nas Recording Album With Damian Marley ) Queensbridge rapper Nas and reggae artist/producer Damian “Jr Gong” Marley announced yesterday (April 8) they are in still the studio prepping their collaborative effort, “Distant Relatives,” slated…

  19. Nas, Damian Marley, The Roots Lead Rock The Bells Bill

    April 07, 2009 10:00 PM EDT Nas, Damian Marley, the Roots, Big Boi and Common, among others, will lead this summer's Rock the Bells traveling hip-hop festival, which is set to visit 10 North American cities on consecutive weekends from June 27-Aug. 9. Also on the bill in various markets are KRS-One, House of Pain,…

  20. N.A.S.A. Blasts Off With Kanye, M.I.A., Waits

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Boasting one of the more eclectic guest lists in recent memory, Brazilian-influenced duo N.A.S.A. will unveil its debut album, "The Spirit of Apollo," Feb. 17 via Anti-. Boasting one of the more eclectic guest lists in recent memory, Brazilian-influenced duo N.A.S.A. will unveil its…

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