1. Nas Launches Hip-Hop Fest Down Under

    February 07, 2013 6:46 AM EST Veteran rapper Nas is to co-curate and headline a new multi-city hip hop fest Down Under. The inaugural 2013 Australian Movement Festival will begin its four-date trek April 26 at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, then heads on to Melbourne (April 27 at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl), Brisbane (April…

  2. 50 Cent's Evolution: How His Past Is Hurting His Future

    February 06, 2013 5:05 PM EST The rapper has disrupted his sonic evolution by choosing to relive the past instead of exploring -- and speaking candidly about -- the present. Despite his physique, 50 Cent is no longer the giant he once was. With every piece of music released, from his debut album "Get Rich Or Die…

  3. Fabolous Talks 'Loso's Way 2' Collabos, N.Y. Hip-Hop & Music's 'Ratchet Era'

    January 29, 2013 5:15 PM EST Since Fabolous' 2009’s "Loso’s Way," the rapper has fed the streets with a steady stream of free mixtapes, underground DVDs and mixshow staples, including last year's hometown anthem “So N.Y.” All the while, Fabolous has studied the hip-hop industry’s current climate,…

  4. Trinidad James: 'I Don't Think I've Made It'

    January 08, 2013 1:10 PM EST Read what's in store for the 25-year-old hip-hop phenom. Trinidad James is the proverbial hip-hop overnight success story. In a matter of months, the 25-year-old neophyte went from slinging streetwear at a boutique in his hometown of Atlanta to inking a deal with Def Jam Recordings,…

  5. Jay-Z, The Bullitts to Score 'The Great Gatsby'

    December 31, 2012 2:20 PM EST Jay-Z is confirmed to compose the score to "The Great Gatsby," alongside The Bullitts. Jeymes Samuel of The Bullitts took to Twitter yesterday (Dec. 30) to share the news. Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is…

  6. NBA Players' Favorite Music: Iman Shumpert, J.J. Redick, Corey Brewer

    December 25, 2012 11:05 AM EST From A$AP to Milo Greene, check out what three basketball stars and their team mates are listening to lately. Christmas is always one of the most special days on the NBA calendar: with five marquee match-ups taking place on Tuesday (Dec. 25), basketball fans are gifted a full day of high…

  7. 20 Best Songs of 2012: Critics' Picks

    December 18, 2012 11:07 AM EST Chart Article A year of singles has come and gone, but when it came time for the Billboard.com staff to choose our 20 favorites we thought, fought and lobbied -- and most of all we listened. These 20 tunes cover the gamut from hip-hop (Nas, G.O.O.D. Music) and pop (Carly Rae Jepsen) to…

  8. The Year In R&B/Hip-Hop 2012: Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Year's Chart Champs

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST At first glance, the 2012 year-end R&B/hip-hop charts mirror those of 2011. Many of the same names are back in the limelight: Kanye West , Lil Wayne, Beyoncé , Nicki Minaj , Drake , Rihanna and Chris Brown , to name a few. However, a closer look reveals a host of newcomers and established…

  9. Get On Down Records Releases Nas 'Illmatic' 'Gold Edition' Deluxe Box Set

    December 10, 2012 2:25 PM EST Get On Down is releasing a limited "Gold Edition" deluxe box set of Nas ' "Illmatic" in time for the holidays. There are two packages that became available to all fans on Get On Down's site today (Dec. 10): a CD & LP deluxe bundle ($ 49.94 ) and CD-only…

  10. Big Sean Says 'Hall of Fame' Will 'Define Me as an Artist'

    December 05, 2012 3:45 PM EST Detroit Rapper 'Far Along' in Finishing Sophomore Album, Hopes to Hook Eminem for Collab ... Video Coming for First Single 'Guap' Big Sean says he's "pretty far along" with his sophomore album, "Hall of Fame," but he's still comfortable with…

  11. Barack Obama: 10 Best Songs About The President

    November 07, 2012 3:00 PM EST Hip-Hop has been behind Barack Obama since his first presidential campaign in 2008. From Jay-Z to will.i.am, artists have shown their support for the first African-American President of the United States through inspirational odes and unforgettable performances. This week, amidst Obama's…

  12. Nicki Minaj 'The Re-Up' Track List: Lil Wayne, Ciara Featured

    November 02, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Nicki Minaj has claimed the month of November as her own. As the release date of "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded -- The Re-Up," quickly approaches, the singer-rapstress reveals the album's track list via iTunes . The double-disc project will include original "Roman Reloaded…

  13. Gary Clark Jr., Reps Talk 'Blak And Blu' Debut & Career Start

    October 23, 2012 2:30 PM EDT To an ignorant eye, it seemed to be a typical night inside Hollywood's live performance hub Hotel Cafe. The Austin guitar phenom/vocalist Gary Clark Jr. and his band exited the stage after figuratively shredding it to fractions, as they're prone to do. But this early-2011 exhibition…

  14. Meek Mill Embraces Insomnia & Expectations For 'Dreams & Nightmares'

    October 23, 2012 12:30 PM EDT On Oct. 10, a few more-than-notable guests stopped by a listening party for Meek Mill 's "Dreams & Nightmares" at New York's Electric Lady Studios. Jay-Z and Will Smith poked their heads into the private event before the Maybach Music Group rapper previewed his album…

  15. BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012: Chris Lighty Tribute, Cyphers & Winners

    October 10, 2012 8:50 AM EDT More than a week after the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards were taped in Atlanta, the annual show honoring the best in rap aired Tuesday night (October 9). The show started off strong with a performance by Wiz Khalifa . After rocking his single, "Work Hard, Play Hard," Wiz was joined by…

  16. Presidential Debate 2012: Musicians React on Twitter

    October 04, 2012 12:00 PM EDT During the 2012 Presidential Debate Wednesday night (Oct. 4), hundreds of celebrities tuned in and turned on their computers -- ready to share their thoughts with millions of social media followers. Many of the normally-outspoken Republican musicians (Gene Simmons, Kid Rock and Blake Shelton,…

  17. Nas and Amy Winehouse Duet in the 'Cherry Wine' Video

    October 02, 2012 5:55 PM EDT The music video for Nas ' "Cherry Wine," a "Life is Good" highlight featuring a hook from the late Amy Winehouse , premiered on VEVO on Tuesday (Oct. 2). The posthumous track is the second duet for the duo, following the release of "Like Smoke" on Winehouse&…

  18. Pearl Jam, Black Keys to Rock Lollapalooza Brazil, Chile

    October 01, 2012 12:35 PM EDT Lollapalooza's pair of South American festivals, held in Brazil and Chile, are returning next year with acts including Pearl Jam , The Black Keys , The Killers , Deadmau5 and Queens of the Stone Age collectively on board for both editions. After enjoying a successful inaugural festival…

  19. Gary Clark Jr. Talks 'Blak and Blu' Album, Alicia Keys Collaboration

    September 20, 2012 10:06 PM EDT Gary Clark, Jr. , hopes that his major label debut album -- "Blak and Blu," due Oct. 22 on Warner Bros. -- will show that he's more than just another Austin, Texas, guitar slinger with hot chops and fast fingers. "I've been associated with the blues guitar guy thing,…

  20. Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill Announce Tour

    September 19, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Two of Hip-Hop's most influential voices, Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill , announced their Life Is Good/Black Rage tour on Wednesday (September 19). The two MCs will start a 10-city run in late October. "Life Is Good" is the name of Nas's most recent album, which debuted atop the…

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