1. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  2. Throwback Thursday: The LOX vs. Diddy in 2005 Hot 97 Interview

    November 13, 2014 5:44 PM EST Nine years ago this month (November 2005), the LOX 's Jadakiss and Styles P turned it up on Diddy while being interviewed on NYC’s Hot 97. It feels like ages ago, doesn't it? I bet it doesn't for the LOX though. Diddy has a reputation for allegedly mistreating his artists. We…

  3. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More

    March 22, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of the 10th anniversary of "Confessions," an elite group of contributors who were involved in its creation share the story of making the album. There aren’t many albums that make you feel as if your life is being recited back to you or as if you have your very own…

  4. Exclusive: Matisyahu Talks Transformation, 'Spark Seeker' (Video)

    July 13, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Matisyahu shocked the music world when he shaved his signature facial hair last year and announced there would be no more "Chassidic reggae superstar." With "Spark Seeker," his first album since the change, due July 17, the musician says the shift came during a moment of…

  5. Matisyahu Returns With 'Spark Seeker' in July

    May 08, 2012 12:00 PM EDT After shaving off his signature facial hair and declaring "No more Chassidic reggae superstar" last December, Matisyahu has set a July 17 release date for his fourth studio album, "Spark Seeker." He has also revealed the first leg of an extensive North American co…

  6. Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter IV': Track-By-Track Review

    August 29, 2011 2:20 PM EDT "Tha Carter IV" arrives today (Aug. 29) with gargantuan expectations that Lil Wayne cannot match. How could he? The last installment in the New Orleans rapper's "Carter" series, "Tha Carter III," was a perfect storm of critical and commercial acclaim, riding…

  7. Lil Wayne Debuts 'She Will' Feat. Drake: Listen

    August 12, 2011 12:40 PM EDT After getting a sneak peak at the recording process behind the single, Lil Wayne debuts "She Will," today (Aug. 12), which features Drake . Lil Wayne previewed his verses off the T-Minus-produced track to Drake via video instant message before he turned over his own. "I went…

  8. Billboard Bits: 'Watch the Throne' Outrages Indie Retailers, Morrissey Slams Norway

    July 28, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to…

  9. Lil Wayne 'Totally Done' with 'Tha Carter IV,' out Aug. 29

    July 11, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Lil Wayne 's long awaited "Tha Carter IV" is almost here, with a new mixtape thrown in for good measure. Tunechi confirms to MTV that the fourth installment in his "Tha Carter" series is officially completed and will drop in late August. "The album is done and it…

  10. Diddy Settles Civil Lawsuit Over '99 Club Shooting

    June 23, 2011 3:31 PM EDT Sean "Diddy" Combs has settled a multimillion dollar lawsuit with three people in a 1999 shooting involving his protegee at a Manhattan nightclub, one of the victim's attorney said on Thursday. An attorney for one of the victims, Natania Reuben, confirmed the settlement but…

  11. Ja Rule Set for Prison Sentencing

    June 08, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Multiplatinum-selling rapper Ja Rule is set to go to prison, but he's leaving fans with an album on the way. The rapper-actor -- whose gravelly voice, thuggish tough talk and duets with R&B divas made him one of rap's stars in the early 2000s -- is set to be sentenced Wednesday…

  12. Billboard Bits: Christina Aguilera to Get Star on Walk of Fame, 'Glee' to Gain Cast Member

    November 10, 2010 5:45 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Christina Aguilera Getting Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Christina Aguilera will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Nov. 15. The singer is the 2,423rd start to receive a star on the Walk…

  13. Lil Wayne Redefines Stardom Behind Bars

    November 01, 2010 9:53 AM EDT He had the top-selling album in the country earlier this month. He's on the president's iPod. He's on the charts with two singles and a collaboration on a third. He's on Facebook with updates for the more than 14 million people following them. He is, in every respect, on.…

  14. Kanye West Reveals Album Cover, Banned By Def Jam?

    October 18, 2010 11:05 AM EDT Kanye West premiered over the weekend what was supposed to be the cover art of his upcoming "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- that is until Def Jam allegedly pumped the breaks on it. "Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!! Ima tweet it in a few ..." 'Ye tweeted…

  15. Shyne: L.A. Reid 'Doesn't Believe In Hip-Hop'

    October 12, 2010 5:12 PM EDT Following his prison release last October after spending nearly a decade behind bars, former Bad Boy rapper Shyne is prepping his comeback with two new albums, "Messiah" and "Gangland." Although the latter album is set for release on Def Jam Records, Shyne says that he&…

  16. 50 Cent Takes Break From Twitter After Tricking Out Wallpaper

    September 02, 2010 12:33 PM EDT Cent has been posting some crazy stuff on Twitter account lately, from his dream about Baby of Young Money to how " old people shouldn't be able to drive ." The rapper's three million Twitter followers won't be hearing from him over the Labor Day weekend, however,…

  17. Billboard Bits: Taylor Swift 'Mine' Preview, Shyne Negotiates with Cash Money

    August 20, 2010 7:10 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Sneak Peek of Taylor Swift's "Mine" Video A sneak peek of Taylor Swift 's "Mine" video hit the internet today via CMT. Photos from the shoot show Swift in a wedding gown holding hands…

  18. Jay-Z Performs Classics During Nike World Basketball Fest

    August 13, 2010 12:31 PM EDT Jay-Z helped kick off the Nike World Basketball Festival last night (Aug. 12) at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. For 30-minutes, the Brooklyn rapper ripped through both new and old tunes, including "Diamonds Are Forever," "Run This Town," "Hovi Baby"…

  19. Shyne To 50 Cent: You're Stalking Me

    August 13, 2010 12:14 PM EDT Days after 50 Cent impersonated a British radio DJ on a conference call to Shyne , asking, "I was just wondering, what is your real issue with 50?" The recently-released, Belizean rapper has responded with a three minute-long tirade alleging that 50 Cent is under the witness…

  20. Kanye West Performs New Tracks At Private NYC Event

    August 13, 2010 11:40 AM EDT New York City proved once again why it's considered the city that never sleeps last night (Aug. 12), as top hip-hop artists held events around town. But one of the most celebrated ones was Kanye West 's secret show at the Lower East Side's The Box, during which he performed old…

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