1. B.o.B, Bun B & 2 Chainz Take Over 2014 A3C Festival

    October 15, 2014 5:19 PM EDT Hip-hop fans flocked to Atlanta this past week for the 10th annual A3C Festival, which proved to be bigger than ever. Over the course of five days (Oct. 8 through 12), the festival held keynote interviews, panels, showcases and tribute shows across the city. The festival started off strong…

  2. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta

    September 29, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz and a host of Southern rap pioneers were also guests at Outkast's 3-day homecoming concert "One for the money, yes sir, two for the show/A couple of years ago on Headland and Delowe/Was the start of something good" — Outkast, “Elevators (Me & You)”…

  3. OutKast Reveals Details for #ATLast Weekend Shows: Special Guests, Ticket Giveaways

    September 23, 2014 8:44 PM EDT In June  OutKast 's upcoming three nights at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta sold out in 24 hours, without any help of details about the what the #ATLast weekend would hold other than homecoming performances by the Southern rap pioneers. Now fans are likely applauding themselves in…

  4. Juicy J and DJ Paul Sued Over Three 6 Mafia Samples

    August 12, 2014 4:14 PM EDT A label head is taking Juicy J and DJ Paul to court over samples from a rap duo they'd previously collaborated with. Juicy J and DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia , the Oscar-winning southern rap group formed in 1991, and their label businesses (Select-O-Hits, S.A.T. Entertainment Music and Scale…

  5. Governors Ball 2014: Outkast Corrects Course With Energetic Outing in NYC

    June 07, 2014 9:48 AM EDT In April, when Outkast set off their 2014 reunion tour with a problematic, unfocused set at Coachella's first weekend, critics suggested many different scapegoats: a flawed setlist, a disengaged Andre 3000, overlong solo sets from he and Big Boi, a festival crowd that was too young…

  6. Chart Juice: Brandy Calls It A Comeback On R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 25, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Brandy reaches the summit of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for the second time in her nearly 18-year career, as "Two Eleven" debuts at No. 1 with 65,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's been more than 10 years since her previous chart-topper, "Full Moon,"…

  7. Big K.R.I.T., 'Live From The Underground': Track-By-Track Review

    June 05, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Big K.R.I.T. 's individual career moves -- specifically, the trio of full-length, critically acclaimed, uniformly great mixtapes that he released over the two years leading up to his Def Jam debut "Live From The Underground" -- have had their positives and negatives. 2010'…

  8. Big K.R.I.T. Talks Album Push Back and T.I.'s 'I'm Flexin''

    October 07, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Last month, Big K.R.I.T. 's manager, Johnny Shipes, took to Twitter to inform K.R.I.T.'s fans that his debut effort, "Live From The Underground," would be pushed back. "Big K.R.I.T. #livefromtheunderground isnt droppin 9.27 anymore moved 2 top of the next year. …

  9. Erykah Badu, Rick Ross Perform at Tupac Birthday Show in Atlanta

    June 17, 2011 11:10 AM EDT Even though rapper Rick Ross lacked a father figure growing up, he found guidance through many of Tupac Shakur 's songs that taught him how to approach life as a young man. So when Ross was asked to perform at Shakur's 40th birthday concert celebration Thursday night (June 16), he…

  10. Billboard Bits: Bon Iver Gives Lyrical Taste, Blondie to Release New Album

    May 19, 2011 6:19 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bon Iver Gives Lyrical Taste Of Upcoming Album First came "Calgary," the first single off Bon Iver's upcoming album, and now Justin Vernon fans can get a taste of the sophomore set through its lyrics…

  11. Soulja Boy Live Q&A: Justin Bieber Collab, New Single, Your Tweets

    April 16, 2010 4:45 PM EDT Chart Article Soulja Boy THANKS FOR WATCHING! Rapper and dance craze instigator Soulja Boy was in the Billboard.com studios April 16 taking your questions live via Twitter hashtag #bblivechat to @billboarddotcom . Don't miss the archived video of the action-packed half-hour chat below.…

  12. 8Ball & MJG Looking Up For 'Ten Toes Down'

    April 07, 2010 12:47 PM EDT The Memphis rap duo 8Ball & MJG does not consider its forthcoming album "Ten Toes Down" to be a new beginning, even though it's the pair's first for T.I.'s Grand Hustle label . "It really just feels like another chapter in the book of 8Ball & MJG,"…

  13. Bun B Memorializes Pimp C With Final UGK Album

    March 23, 2009 5:23 PM EDT When his musical partner Pimp C passed away 15 months ago, rapper Bun B vowed to make sure the public would be able to hear the final songs they'd written together. "We weren't trying to take a new direction with this album; we just wanted to solidify the legacy we've set…

  14. 8Ball & MJG Link With Grand Hustle

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I.'s independent label, Grand Hustle, has signed veteran rap duo 8Ball & MJG. T.I.'s independent label, Grand Hustle, has signed veteran rap duo 8Ball & MJG. Grand Hustle co-founder Jason Geter tells Billboard that the company will most likely partner with an independent…

  15. Big Pimpin'

    May 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT UGK rapper Bun B is back this week with his first release since his UGK partner Pimp C died late last year. UGK rapper Bun B is back this week with his first release since his UGK partner Pimp C died late last year. The Rap-A-Lot/Asylum set "II Trill" is led by the single "That…

  16. Bun B Sets Track List For Return To 'Trill'

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST The rapper previewed the 16-track set on Tuesday (March 4) at New York's Spotlight Live during an event sponsored by Zune, with whom he's teaming on a number of initiatives. Bun B has finalized the track list for his next solo album, "II Trill," which, as previously…

  17. Star Rappers Help Bun B Reload For 'II Trill'

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST UGK rapper Bun B has set an April 29 release date for his first release since his UGK partner Pimp C died late last year. The Rap-A-Lot/Asylum set "II Trill" is led by the single "That's Gangsta" feat UGK rapper Bun B has set an April 29 release date for his first…

  18. Billboard Bits: Three 6 Mafia, CMT Awards, Smirnoff

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST After numerous release date shifts, Three 6 Mafia's next album, "Last 2 Walk," is finally back on the Columbia release schedule for June 24. The latest track from the project to make the rounds is "I' After numerous release date shifts, Three 6 Mafia's next album…

  19. The Unclassifiable Lupe Fiasco

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST "'LupEND' -- that's going to be my last album's title. When you play a videogame, you can only put in three letters for your name and when the game's over, those three letters and 'END' pop up. My nex "'LupEND' -- that's going to be…

  20. New Three 6 Mafia Album Bumped To July

    May 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT ril release and then moving to late May, Three 6 Mafia's new album, "Last 2 Walk," is now on target to arrive July 3 via Hypnotize Minds/Columbia. After first being penciled in for an April release and then moving to late May, Three 6 Mafia's new album, "Last 2 Walk,…

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