1. Bubbling Under: DJ Cassidy Previews All-Star Album With R. Kelly, Robin Thicke & More

    May 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: DJ Cassidy, Chasin' Crazy and Vado   DJ Cassidy Veteran New York spinner DJ Cassidy has garnered some A-list friends over the years,…

  2. The Seed: Eminem, The Lox, Cam'ron & More New Music

    August 30, 2013 3:00 PM EDT It's been over 10 years since the LOX last graced Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as a unit but this week’s release of "Summers Too Hot" could bring the drought to an end. The street record, primed for Labor Day barbeques, was produced by the group's longtime producer Scram…

  3. The Seed: John Legend, Drake, Future & More New Music

    August 12, 2013 6:02 PM EDT Last week, Atlanta hitman Future announced that he changed the title of his upcoming album from "Future Hendrix" to "Honest," unleashing its Metro Boomin and DJ Spinz-produced title track. In only three days of airplay, the song reached nearly 700,000 listeners across 34…

  4. The Seed: Chris Brown, Drake, Bridget Kelly and More

    March 09, 2013 9:26 PM EST The Seed is back with your weekly R&B/Hip-Hop round-up. This past week, Drake dropped his vicious "5AM in Toronto" cut while Chris Brown returned to rap with "Let the Blunt Go," off Funkmaster Flex’s upcoming "Who You Mad At? Me or Yourself?" mixtape.…

  5. Listen: Kanye West's Five Best GOOD Friday Songs

    April 06, 2012 1:00 PM EDT On Friday (Apr. 6) -- the actual Good Friday holiday -- Kanye West revived his GOOD Friday release series , which features a new single posted online every Friday as a free giveaway to the rapper's rabid fans, with "Mercy," a new track featuring 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Pusha T.…

  6. DJ Khaled Talks 'We the Best Forever': Video Track-By-Track

    July 19, 2011 3:40 PM EDT There's truth to DJ Khaled 's words. "I live at Billboard. Check the charts. I've been there for seven years straight," DJ Khaled tells Billboard.com the day before the release of "We the Best Forever" (July 18). DJ Khaled: Behind the Scenes with Hip-Hop&…

  7. Mary J. Blige Debuts New Song at 2011 BET Awards: Watch

    June 27, 2011 1:20 PM EDT Mary J. Blige opened the 2011 BET Awards last night (June 26), performing vintage songs such as "You Bring Me Joy" and "Real Love." Mary then brought out her first guest Anita Baker to perform the classic, "Caught Up in the Rapture." Chris Brown Wins Big At BET…

  8. Chris Brown, Rick Ross Steal 'Summer Jam 2011' Show

    June 06, 2011 11:55 AM EDT With a powerful roster that included Lil Wayne , Rick Ross , and Chris Brown , hip-hop reigned supreme at 'Summer Jam 2011' last night, June 5. Before the main event, Big K.R.I.T. , Big Sean , Pusha T and Ace Hood hit the stage to warm up the crowd. Hot 97's annual event had…

  9. Four-Play: Beyonce Says 'Move Your Body,' Nicki Minaj Teases 'Super Bass,' & More

    April 27, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Beyoncé "moves her body" for a good cause, Consequence readies the world for "trouble," Nicki Minaj teases us for less than 30 minutes, and Cam'Ron and Vado teach the ladies swag 101. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime. Consequence - "The World is…

  10. Fabolous Drops Awaited Mixtape, 'The S.O.U.L. Tape'

    April 21, 2011 3:00 PM EDT After holding a listening session on Tuesday (April 19) in NYC, Brooklyn rapper, Fabolous , drops his mixtape "The S.O.U.L. Tape." Features include Lil Wayne , Red Cafe, Vado , Lloyd Banks and Ne-Yo . On the 13-track (plus +1 bonus) tape, Loso samples peers and legends such as Kanye…

  11. Rapper Vado Signs to Interscope Records, Says Mentor Cam'ron

    March 28, 2011 6:11 PM EDT After much speculation, Harlem rapper Vado has officially signed to Interscope Records. Mentor Cam'ron announced on Hot 97 that the upstart recently signed the deal. "He just signed a deal with Interscope," he said while on the show. "Vado's crazy out there. If y'…

  12. Celebrity Friends Tweet Thoughts About Nate Dogg's Death

    March 16, 2011 1:19 PM EDT Nate Dogg , the California rapper whose real name is Nathaniel D. Hale, died at the age of 41 on Tuesday (Mar. 15). The rapper survived a pair of strokes in 2007 and 2008 and was recently believed to be in therapy. Nate Dogg first appeared on Dr. Dre 's debut album "The Chronic,…

  13. The Juice Hits 'Breakout Kings,' 'Love & Hip-Hop' Premieres

    March 03, 2011 11:49 AM EST For the first time in a while, The Juice hit the streets of New York last night (March 2) for a couple of industry events, including A&E's "Breakout Kings" and VH1's "Love & Hip-Hop" premieres, and let's just say there were some noteworthy things…

  14. Win A 'Respect The Jux' Prize Pack

    December 20, 2010 1:32 PM EST A couple of weeks back I posted an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip of Harlem rappers Vado and Jae Millz shooting the official video for "Respect The Jux," a song titled after the Frank C. Matthews-penned book by the same name. Exclusive: Vado And Jae Millz 'Respect The Jux&…

  15. Vado, Cam, Jim Jones Added To Kanye West's 'Harlem' Song

    December 16, 2010 11:57 AM EST A new Kanye West song titled "Christmas In Harlem" hit the net yesterday (Dec. 15). Today, a new version of it surfaced, and this time it features one-time nemesis Cam'ron and Jim Jones as well as Cam'ron protege Vado. Big Sean, Pusha T and Musiq also appear on the track.…

  16. Kanye West 'Christmas in Harlem' Track Hits Web

    December 15, 2010 3:35 PM EST Back in August, Kanye West announced that he would release a new song "every week until Xmas" as part of his "G.O.O.D. Fridays" series. Although the rapper hadn't issued any new tracks since the Nov. 22 release of "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," a new…

  17. Nicki Minaj Brings Out Kanye West, Rihanna, Drake For Thanksgiving Concert

    November 26, 2010 10:42 AM EST Nicki Minaj celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with a concert in her hometown last night (Nov. 25) and she brought out her famous friends for the festivities. Rappers Vado and Fabolous opened up the Hot 97-hosted event at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, the latter who brought out…

  18. Harlem Says Final Goodbye To Huddy 6

    October 19, 2010 11:25 AM EDT It seemed like all of Harlem gathered yesterday (Oct. 18) to say goodbye to Harlem World's Andre "Huddy Combs" Hudson, who was killed in a car accident on the George Washington Bridge last week. Video: Huddy 6 Funeral Led by horse and carriage, folks gathered on 141 street and…

  19. POTW: Justin Bieber, President Obama, Drake

    October 15, 2010 2:23 PM EDT Justin Bieber got a gold plaque, Obama joined BET and MTV viewers, Drake posed with cheering cheerleaders, Reba McIntyre and Loretta Lynn got glammed up, Common , Vado and Donnis rocked Diesel, Taio Cruz and Demi Lovato shared a chuckle, Bobby Brown , Mike Posner , Ron Isley and Eryka Badu…

  20. Justin Bieber Raps Atop Cam'ron, Vado's 'Speakin' In Tungs'

    October 14, 2010 11:15 AM EDT Justin Bieber showcased his rap skills over Cam'ron and Vado's "Speakin' In Tungs" track. Who knew the kid was listening to street rap like this? Check out Bieber spit over the club smash -- if nothing else, his confidence is definitely through the roof. Video: Justin…

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