1. 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…

  2. Scuffle Backstage at BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 30, 2012 12:30 AM EDT Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in the backstage area of the awards show, held at a…

  3. Chris Lighty's Funeral Draws Hip-Hop Royalty

    September 05, 2012 4:50 PM EDT Diddy, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons Among Mourners in NYC LL Cool J and Sean "Diddy" Combs were among the stars who packed a standing-room-only funeral chapel Wednesday to pay their respects to music-industry mogul Chris Lighty. Mourners at the Manhattan funeral…

  4. Chris Lighty, Hip-Hop Impresario, Found Dead

    August 30, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. Circumstances of his death were unconfirmed at press time, but New York Daily…

  5. Teyana Taylor Joins Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music

    May 14, 2012 8:40 PM EDT Teyana Taylor has signed to G.O.O.D. Music, according to MTV News . The "Google Me" singer is the latest to join Kanye West 's label group, with Q-Tip signing on in April and West hinting at 2 Chainz' inclusion last week. The 21-year-old Taylor is already an industry…

  6. Kanye West Hints at 2 Chainz G.O.O.D. Signing

    May 11, 2012 7:52 PM EDT The G.O.O.D. news just keeps coming. According to Kanye West 's Twitter page , the hip-hop star's label group may have a new member: "2 Chainz is charging 100k for a verse now cause he's G.O.O.D!!!!!!" 2 Chainz himself retweeted the comment, adding, "hahaaaa.…

  7. Q-Tip Signs To Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Label

    April 11, 2012 11:10 AM EDT Q-Tip , the New York hip-hop legend and former leader of A Tribe Called Quest , has signed to Kanye West 's G.O.O.D. Music imprint on Def Jam Recordings. His fourth solo effort, tentatively titled "The Last Zulu," will be released through the label in 2013. Q-Tip joins a roster…

  8. 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…

  9. Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q Talk Upcoming Albums, Working with Pharrell & More

    February 02, 2012 2:45 PM EST Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q took last year by storm. Both West Coast rappers debuted highly-praised independent albums last year: Lamar's "Section.80" and ScHoolboy Q's "Setbacks." Kendrick Lamar Talks 'Section.80,' New Album & Upcoming Videos…

  10. D'Angelo Returns, Performs New Single 'Sugar Daddy': Watch

    January 27, 2012 12:00 PM EST Eleven years after he left us mesmerized with "(Untitled) How Does It Feels," D'Angelo returns with a new single and physique. The neo-soul singer kicked off his intimate European tour yesterday (Jan. 26) in Stockholm, Sweden. Fans were treated with a mixutre of classics and…

  11. Norah Jones Teams Up with Danger Mouse for 'Broken Hearts' Album

    January 24, 2012 10:30 AM EST Norah Jones has teamed up with super-producer Danger Mouse for the official follow-up to 2009's "The Fall." "Little Broken Hearts," the singer-songwriter's fifth full-length, will be released this spring on Blue Note/EMI. Jones and Danger Mouse (real name: Brian…

  12. D'Angelo Covers Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun:' Listen

    January 03, 2012 1:05 PM EST Update: According to ?uestlove , D'Angelo's cover of "Black Hole Sun" was recorded close to eight years ago and it will not be on his upcoming album. Oh! And, Questlove didn't leak it. "@Spencer_Murphy my statement on Black Hole Sun: its a demo from like 8 trs…

  13. Heavy D Funeral Attracts Family, Stars, a Letter From Obama

    November 18, 2011 3:15 PM EST Hip-hop star Heavy D was remembered through laughter and tears at a funeral service Friday in his home town of Mount Vernon, N.Y. that included anecdotes from longtime friend Diddy and words of encouragement for his young daughter, delivered in a letter from President Barack Obama. Slideshow:…

  14. Ledisi Was 'Afraid of Headlining' Before 2011 Tour

    November 16, 2011 5:45 PM EST As she comes to the end of her first headlining tour -- supporting her sixth album, "Pieces of Me" -- Ledisi reveals that she actually had to be talked into taking the plunge to top the bill. "I've been waiting to do something like this for years...but, honestly, I was…

  15. Questlove Talks Roots Album, Says D'Angelo Is In 'Home-Stretch' of New Record

    October 25, 2011 11:25 AM EDT ?uestlove , of The Roots , wears many hats. Whether he's on drums with the Legendary Roots Crew, on set as house band for "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," doing random DJ sets, or sitting in with other bands, the man stays busy. We spoke with ?uestlove about The Roots'…

  16. Marc Anthony, Toby Keith, Drake, Coldplay Score Landmark No. 1s

    October 03, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Four superstar acts add impressive milestones to their already distinguished careers with new No. 1s on Nielsen BDS-based Billboard airplay charts this week. Marc Anthony Anthony collects his 20th No. 1 on Tropical Songs, as "Rain Over Me," on which he's featured, rises 4-1.…

  17. Chart Juice: Jay-Z and Kanye West Dominate the Billboard Charts

    August 18, 2011 5:05 PM EDT Will "Watch the Throne" leak? Newp. Will Kanye West outshine Jay-Z , or will it be the other way around, on "Watch the Throne"? Newp. The audible fulfillment behind "Watch the Throne" emerges from the dynamic between Jay and 'Ye. Last but not least, how much…

  18. Protecting The 'Throne': How Jay-Z & Kanye Beat the Leaks

    August 15, 2011 8:00 AM EDT A week before the release of their album "Watch the Throne", Jay-Z and Kanye West threw a star-studded listening session at the Hayden Planetarium in New York's American Museum of Natural History. The most striking aspect of the event wasn't the stars like Beyoncé , Q-Tip…

  19. 88-Keys Talks the Making of 'Watch the Throne' Track, 'No Church in the Wild'

    August 11, 2011 12:05 PM EDT A funny thing happened on the way home from Saigon and Just Blaze 's show at the Apple store, in SoHo, on June 10. Producer/rapper 88-Keys decided to stop by Kanye West 's spot to say a quick 'hello.' Little did 88-Keys know that he'd be invited to a "Watch the…

  20. Kanye West & Jay-Z Hold 'Watch the Throne' Listening Party at Planetarium

    August 02, 2011 4:50 PM EDT Last night (August 1), Kanye West and Jay-Z gathered journalists, fans, close friends and family, such as Beyoncé , Kelly Rowland , Solange , Pusha-T , Busta Rhymes , Teyana Taylor , Q-Tip and Jada Pinkett Smith, to sip champagne and listen to the anticipated album, "Watch the Throne,…

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