1. Nas: The Tupac Hologram Was 'Genius'

    April 17, 2012 4:05 PM EDT 'It stepped hip-hop up a notch,' Nas says of the Coachella stunt The hologram of Tupac Shakur that appeared alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg during their headlining set at Coachella on Sunday night (Apr. 15) has provoked mixed reactions , but Nas -- who discusses his relationship…

  2. Nicki Minaj, 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded': Track-By-Track Review

    March 29, 2012 1:45 PM EDT "I always thought I could write pop songs for someone else or I could write R&B records for someone else, but I didn't think that people would accept me writing those type of songs and me singing them and just being who I am," Nicki Minaj recently told Complex about her…

  3. Spotlight On Mike Lembo

    March 27, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Chart Article It began with a simple kick-drum beat. While his producers Mike Rizzo and Steve "Mr. Mig" Migliore excused themselves from the studio for a few minutes to tend to some urgent business, Mike Lembo started freestyling over a kick-drum beat. "I just knew the speed of…

  4. Nicki Minaj Reveals 'Roman' Track List, Announces European Tour

    March 19, 2012 10:55 AM EDT After tapping artists like Rihanna , Eminem , Will.i.am and Kanye West for her 2010 debut "Pink Friday," Nicki Minaj revealed a guest-heavy track list for her highly anticipated sophomore disc, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," last Thursday (Mar. 15). The 19-track standard…

  5. Nas Talks Chingy 'Pop-Fluff' Period of Hip-Hop & Winehouse 'Duet'

    March 19, 2012 10:20 AM EDT It's been years since Nas and former manager Steve Stoute formally worked together, but when the two reunited on-stage at a keynote Q&A at South by Southwest Friday it was as if little time had passed. Stoute, a former exec VP at Interscope who now runs advertising agency Translation…

  6. SXSW 2012: 10 Things Seen and Heard Friday

    March 17, 2012 12:25 PM EDT Who forgot their lyrics? Who had synchronized dance moves? And who had Bill Murray rocking out in the crowd? Here are 10 things from Friday's South By Southwest that you might have missed -- even if you were in the audience. 1. As he promised, Tom Morello turned his Friday night showcase…

  7. Chart Juice: Rihanna, Usher Roar Into Top 10

    March 16, 2012 4:30 PM EDT R ihanna and Usher both bound into the top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with their equally-young, fast-rising new hits. Rihanna's "Birthday Cake," featuring Chris Brown , earns the chart's Airplay Gainer badge as it moves 17-7, while "Climax"…

  8. Roots Picnic 2012 Lineup: Kid Cudi, Wale, James Murphy Performing

    March 16, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Kid Cudi , Wale , De La Soul and James Murphy are among the top-line acts at the 2012 Roots Picnic, the annual Philadelphia festival hosted by city music legends the Roots . Now in its fifth year, the event has expanded from one day to two, invading Philly's Festival Pier at Penn's…

  9. Melanie Fiona Used 'MF Life' Delay To Bring In Nas, Drake, J. Cole

    March 14, 2012 2:20 PM EDT "The MF Life" is coming a little later than Melanie Fiona had planned, but the singer feels its a case of all good things coming to those who wait. "You know, there were a lot of changes, obviously, in the music industry, a lot of merging and label mergers and fires and re…

  10. Exclusive: Diggy Talks 'Unexpected Arrival' Album, Pharrell Williams, & More

    February 22, 2012 1:10 PM EST In three years, Diggy Simmons has gone from notebooks to mixtapes to now working on his debut album, "Unexpected Arrival" (March 20). "It was just more so about me getting out my feelings through writing," says the 16 yr. old rapper of his start. "That's when I…

  11. Exclusive: VH1 'Behind the Music' Season Stars Pitbull, T-Pain, Brandy, Nas, Akon & Game

    February 15, 2012 9:25 AM EST 'It's all about what you leave behind,' Pitbull says on 'Behind the Music.' VH1's "Behind the Music" documentary series is returning with an even more provoking season. This new season, "Behind the Music," is R&B/Hip-Hop heavy, featuring…

  12. Tyga Talks Young Money Movement, Busta Rhymes Collabo & 'Rack City' Success

    February 13, 2012 11:45 AM EST Young Money continues to dominate the charts. Drake is No. 1 on four charts -- R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs -- while Nicki Minaj is climbs the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with her debut album, "Pink Friday," released…

  13. Chris Brown Returns to the Grammys: Watch

    February 12, 2012 9:05 PM EST Chris Brown returns to the Grammys, three years after his violent altercation with then-girlfriend Rihanna derailed another scheduled performance at the awards gala. Breezy, in a baby blue letterman jacket, opened the show with his first single off "Fortune," titled "Turn Up…

  14. Rick Ross Plays Gangster in 'Yella Diamonds' Video

    February 08, 2012 4:55 PM EST In Billboard's cover story on Rick Ross last November, the Maybach rapper said that he wants his forthcoming album, "God Forgives, I Don't," to be the sonic equivalent of a Brian De Palma film -- "It sounds like a term of retaliation, and with the picture that I'…

  15. Jay-Z Enters New Musical Heights at Carnegie Hall

    February 07, 2012 9:50 AM EST Many notable artists have performed at Carnegie Hall, but last night (Mon. Feb 6), the stage belonged to Jay-Z . Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, is the second hip-hop act to perform at Carnegie Hall. Wyclef Jean did so in 2001, acoompanied by Stevie Wonder , Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston . Jay-Z…

  16. Drake 'Proud'-ly Rewrites Record for Most Rap Songs No. 1s

    February 03, 2012 11:55 AM EST With his 11th No. 1 on Billboard's Rap Songs chart, Drake rewrites the mark for most leaders in the list's 23-year history. I.e., when it comes to topping the tally the most, Drake, in less than three years, has become the best the chart ever had. Drake earns his 11th No. 1 on the…

  17. Chris Brown Releases 'Turn Up The Music' Single: Listen

    January 26, 2012 11:00 AM EST Chris Brown offered an array of different sounds with the singles off his 2011 album "F..A.M.E.," from gentle R&B ("No B.S.") to rapid-fire hip-hop ("Look At Me Now") to brightly colored dance ("Beautiful People"). "Turn Up The Music," the…

  18. Common Explains Feud with Drake

    January 26, 2012 10:55 AM EST PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- The Sundance Film Festival became the unlikely center of hip-hop's latest feud when actor-turned-rapper Drake and rapper-turned-actor Common came to town. Two Days at Sundance with Common Common was promoting his role in upcoming family drama "LUV,"…

  19. Lana Del Rey's Boy Toy in 'Born to Die' -- Meet Bradley Soileau

    January 25, 2012 11:00 AM EST Who's that guy? If you're a regular watcher of pop music videos of late there's a chance you've asked that a few times, whether while oggling Rihanna's "We Found Love" (Dudley O'Shaughnessy) or Lady Gaga's "Judas" (Norman Reedus). The…

  20. Chris Brown Recruits Nas For Upcoming Album

    January 20, 2012 4:40 PM EST Chris Brown is placing the finishing touches on his upcoming album, "Fortune" (March 2011). Although the project already boasts impressive collaborators ( Wiz Khalifa , will.i.am , David Guetta , Asher Roth , and Kid Sister ), Brown has confirmed Nas as another noteable feature on…

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