1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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&…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. R. Kelly Makes Soul Train History, Usher Up For Five Awards

    September 19, 2012 11:40 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- R. Kelly is nominated for two awards at this year's Soul Train Awards, making him the most nominated act ever at the awards show. Kelly is up for the Ashford & Simpson songwriter's award and album of the year, bringing his career total to 21 nominations. Usher…

  13. Top 7 British Female Rappers Making Noise

    September 10, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Since its birth in the 1970s, hip-hop has been dominated mostly by men. Along the way, though, we have been blessed with some strong females who like to rock the mic too, and even best their male counterparts. From Roxanne Shanté to Nicki Minaj , each female rapper has brought their unique…

  14. Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big Sean Debut New 'Cruel Summer' Single, 'Clique': Listen

    September 07, 2012 12:25 PM EDT Less than two weeks before the release of G.O.O.D. Music's collaborative album, "Cruel Summer" (Sept. 18), Kanye West and the crew release their third single, "Clique." The Hit-Boy produced cut, released yesterday (Sept. 6), features Big Sean , Jay-Z and 'Ye. …

  15. Four-Play: Azealia Banks, Nas, 2 Chainz, & Waka Flocka Flame

    September 04, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Azealia Banks taps into the 90s', Nas reminisces on the past, 2 Chainz commemorates a way only he can, and Waka Flocka Flame keeps it classy. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring Azealia Banks, Nas, 2 Chainz, and Waka Flocka Flame. Azealia Banks pulls inspiration…

  16. The Beat 8/27: Devo's Romney Ditty, Kem's Holiday Album, Air Guitar Championships

    August 27, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Welcome to the Monday, August 27 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In today's episode, J.B. has the headlines on…

  17. Nas Performs 'Life is Good' Hits & More at NYC iHeart Radio Show

    August 25, 2012 12:50 PM EDT The audience was fairly still at the iHeartRadio Theatre Friday (August 24), but not for lack of interest. They were entranced, as Nas bobbed and weaved through 15-year-old flows when performing his extensive catalogue. Fans across the room watched in awe and pensively mouthed every word. …

  18. With Your Friends Festival: Skrillex, Nas Head to Nashville

    August 24, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Skrillex and Pretty Lights are bringing their very un-country stylings to Nashville for the new With Your Friends Festival on Oct. 26-27. Both EDM stars will headline the festival, which will also include sets by Nas , Santigold, 12th Planet, Dillon Francis, Michal Menert, and TOKiMONSTA. The…

  19. Chart Juice: Def Jam Scores Fourth Straight No. 1 Debut on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    August 24, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Def Jam is on a roll. The label claims its fourth consecutive No. 1 debut on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the arrival of 2 Chainz ' "Based On a T.R.U. Story" (147,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan). 2 Chainz follows a two-week run from Rick Ross ' "God Forgives,…

  20. DJ Khaled, 'Kiss the Ring': Track-By-Track Review

    August 21, 2012 2:05 PM EDT In the past decade, few entities have stayed steady. Wars have ended, 'The Hangover' rose and fell, and 4 Loko got banned within a month. Meanwhile, as the world has turned, DJ Khaled has managed to put out six studio albums -- each and every one of them, in his words, "the…

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