1. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  2. Jay-Z's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    July 02, 2013 2:04 PM EDT It's certainly a feat when you're one of the most successful hip-hop artists in America. Since 1996, Jay-Z continues to leave his mark on the world, from hip-hop and beyond, by releasing material favored by the masses. It would seem that Jay wouldn't have as much time to…

  3. Wiz Khalifa Scores Second No. 1 Album on R&B/Hip-Hop Chart

    December 17, 2012 5:10 PM EST Wiz Khalifa 's "O.N.I.F.C." debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 141,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the Pittsburgh rapper's second leader on the list. It follows his major label debut "Rolling Papers" which opened at the top of…

  4. Ask Billboard: What Are Your Favorites Of 2012?

    December 17, 2012 11:05 AM EST Chart Beat readers: now's your chance to share your top hits of 2012 in the next 'Ask Billboard' mailbag. Just e-mail askbb@billboard.com. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com.…

  5. Beanie Sigel: Two Years for Tax Evasion

    July 12, 2012 4:35 PM EDT "Roc the Mic" rapper Beanie Sigel was sentenced to a two-year prison sentence today (July 12) in a Philadelphia court for failing to file federal income tax returns. Born Dwight Grant, Sigel was charged with owing the IRS $728,536 between 1999 and 2005. He avoided an additional year…

  6. Freeway Talks Jay-Z Announcement; Readies Upcoming Mixtape

    May 18, 2012 1:05 PM EDT "I was there because I wanted to see my friend, and I wanted people to know that me and Jay are still cool," Freeway says. On May 14, Jay-Z held a press conference on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to announce a new two-day music festival, Budweiser Made in America, to…

  7. 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…

  8. Beanie Sigel Says Dame Dash Owes Him 'About $11 Million' Dollars

    December 14, 2010 11:49 AM EST Beanie Sigel sat with Star and Buckwild from the "Star & Buckwild Morning Show" on Power 100.3 in his hometown and dished out about how former labelhead Dame Dash owing him "roughly about... $11 million" dollars. Video: Beanie Sigel on the Star & Buckwild show …

  9. Longtime Jay-Z Protege Memphis Bleek Set To Release Album

    August 25, 2009 12:58 PM EDT Jay-Z may be readying the release of his upcoming eleventh studio album, "The Blueprint 3," on September 11th, but the rapper and mogul still makes time to help old friends. Former Roc-A-Fella artist and Jay-Z protégé Memphis Bleek is slated to release his fifth studio album, "…

  10. Jay-Z Close To Epic Records Deal

    May 27, 2009 5:39 PM EDT Jay-Z is close to signing a deal that will bring his future recordings to Sony, Billboard sources confirm. The deal -- which will link Jay-Z's Roc Nation releases with Sony's Epic Records for distribution -- "is 95% complete" according to people familiar with the ongoing…

  11. Former Prince Protege Tamar Reactivating Career

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Tamar survived a wild ride on the music industry roller coaster last year. Reintroduced to early mentor Prince in 2005 following her graduation from the University of Southern Califo Singer/songwriter Tamar survived a wild ride on the music industry roller coaster last year.…

  12. This Day in Music

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Jay-Z becomes the first hip-hop artist ever to release an album from the "MTV Unplugged" series when roc-A-Fella/Def Jam issues "Jay-Z Unplugged."<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2004 - The Pixies wrap their…

  13. Sigel Gets Probation In Assault Case

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Beanie Sigel, the rapper who has sold hundreds of thousands of records glamorizing a criminal lifestyle, was convicted of assault today (Jan. 10) in Philadelphia for a fight in 2003. Beanie Sigel, the rapper who has sold hundreds of thousands of records glamorizing a criminal lifestyle, was…

  14. This Day in Music

    December 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Jay-Z becomes the first hip-hop artist ever to release an album from the "MTV Unplugged" series when roc-A-Fella/Def Jam issues "Jay-Z Unplugged."<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2004 - The Pixies wrap their…

  15. Beanie Sigel Briefly Jailed In Philly

    November 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rapper Beanie Sigel was briefly jailed today (Nov. 10) in Philadelphia until he paid $26,000 in child support. Rapper Beanie Sigel was briefly jailed today (Nov. 10) in Philadelphia until he paid $26,000 in child support. Sigel, 31, spent about an hour in jail after being sentenced in Family…

  16. Beanie Sigel Acquitted On Murder Charge

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Beanie Sigel was acquitted today (Sept. 26) in Philadelphia on charges he shot and nearly killed a man two years ago on a crowded city street. Rapper Beanie Sigel was acquitted today (Sept. 26) in Philadelphia on charges he shot and nearly killed a man two years ago on a crowded city…

  17. Dash Spreads Wings With New Music Group

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed a new music company, the Damon Dash Music Group, with Kareem "Biggs" Burke, who co-founded Roc-A-Fella with Dash and Jay-Z. Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed a new music company, the Damon Dash Music Group, with…

  18. Beanie Sigel Gets Year In Prison

    October 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Beanie Sigel was sentenced to a year in federal prison in Philadelphia on Friday, on a gun-possession charge stemming from a traffic stop. Sigel, 30, could have received more than three years, Rapper Beanie Sigel was sentenced to a year in federal prison in Philadelphia on Friday, on a…

  19. Beanie Sigel Prepares For Prison

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Prior to receiving an expected prison sentence today (Oct. 8) of about three years for drugs and weapons charges, Beanie Sigel has worked overtime to complete a new album, "The B-Coming," the sequel t Like a man given only a few months to live, Beanie Sigel has spent this year…

  20. The Black Album

    November 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST After nine albums and 10 years in the game, one of the industry's most consistent MCs has decided to stop recording. After nine albums and 10 years in the game, one of the industry's most consistent MCs has decided to stop recording. Serving as Jay-Z's swan song, "The…

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