1. New Year's Eve 2014: A Musical Guide

    December 30, 2014 7:31 PM EST Nevermind that snow may hit Las Vegas on New Year's Eve -- the desert destination may have quietly usurped New York City as the country's most banging music hotspot to ring in 2015. This year, everyone from Jennifer Lopez , Lady Gaga (with Tony Bennett ) and Britney…

  2. Top 20 Christmas Rap Songs

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST No one has the type of holiday spirit as a rapper. From Kanye West to Run-D.M.C. , they're spins on Christmas classics or originals range from the hilarious, weird to serious, but all stay true to themselves. Busta Rhymes -- whose Jim Carrey-featured "Grinch" song merely…

  3. Watch: Busta Rhymes Falls Off Stage at O.T. Genasis Concert in New York

    November 29, 2014 11:07 AM EST Busta Rhymes took a nasty spill during an O.T. Genasis concert at New York’s Webster Hall on early Friday morning (Nov. 28). Busta Rhymes and Eminem Team Up For 'Calm Down' Collaboration With a cigar in one hand and a bottle of liquor in the other, the veteran rapper took a…

  4. Lecrae Breaks New Ground as Christian Rapper, Looks to Kanye West for Inspiration

    October 07, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Lecrae is dubbed a Christian rapper, but he considers himself a rapper who happens to be Christian. The Grammy-winning artist (his album Gravity  won for best gospel album last year) is trying to avoid being boxed into one genre. "I didn't really fit in either world," said…

  5. Nas Talks 'Lost Tapes' Follow-Up at 'Time Is Illmatic' Premiere

    October 01, 2014 10:58 PM EDT Excitement was mounting at New York City's Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday night, as celebrities took a trip down the red carpet and memory lane with the premiere of Time Is Illmatic , the Nas documentary from One9 and Erik Parker . "I actually have a tingling sensation, it's…

  6. Chris Brown's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    September 16, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Chris Brown 's talent is proven. Setting the singer's tumultuous personal history aside, Brown's musical career has been pristine since he first stepped onto the scene at age 16. Brown has made a big impact on the Billboard charts along the way, from his first career single, …

  7. Souls of Mischief & Snoop Dogg, 'There Is Only Now': Exclusive Video Premiere

    July 01, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Five years after the release of "Montezuma's Revenge," Souls of Mischief prep their sixth studio album, "There Is Only Now." The legendary Oakland, Calif. act – consisting of A-Plus,  Opio, Phesto and Tajai – give a sneak peak of the album's storyline with their…

  8. Busta Rhymes and Eminem Team Up For 'Calm Down' Collaboration

    June 30, 2014 1:17 PM EDT Busta Rhymes and Eminem do the contrary of "Calm Down" on their new collaboration. Busta's Scoop DeVille-produced single features the two rappers spitting rapid rhymes about those who hate on them, or simply who they hate. While Busta is more discreet on who he's aiming at…

  9. Coachella 2014: Beyonce, Lorde, Pharrell Most Tweeted Artists Saturday

    April 13, 2014 6:32 PM EDT Beyonce, Lorde and Pharrell were Coachella's most tweeted about artists Saturday at Coachella. Coachella 2014! •  Photos:  Live at Coachella •  Photos:  Backstage at Coachella •  Pharrell  Rules with Snoop, Gwen Stefani •  Jay-Z & Beyonce  Invade •  Lorde  Makes Desert Debut …

  10. Eminem, Dr. Dre, Diddy Headline 'Live Playlist' At Beats Music's Over-Capacity Launch Party

    January 25, 2014 4:42 AM EST Beats Music welcomed its new streaming service with a splashy launch concert at the Belasco Theatre where guests like Eminem, Diddy, Mase, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Ice Cube, Bone Thugz N Harmony and Beats co-founder Dr. Dre himself all played their hits as part of a “live playlist.” But, if you…

  11. Will.i.am Pre-GRAMMY Charity Event Raises $2.4M

    January 24, 2014 9:11 PM EST Los Angeles event features performances from Busta Rhymes, Chaka Khan, more It was an old-school party at will.i.am's annual pre-GRAMMY charity concert as veteran rap stars like Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh rocked a capacity crowd along with the likes of Bell Biv DeVoe, Chaka Khan and…

  12. Bruce Springsteen Nabs 10th Chart-Topper in Britain with 'High Hopes'

    January 20, 2014 5:40 AM EST Bruce Springsteen notched his tenth No. 1 album in the U.K. yesterday (Jan. 19) with “High Hopes” (Columbia/Sony Music), as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) moved past the half-million sales mark to stake another week atop the singles chart.  Springsteen’s total of ten album…

  13. Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes Release 'The Abstract & The Dragon' Mixtape: Listen

    December 12, 2013 1:53 PM EST Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip team up for their collaborative mixtape, "The Abstract & The Dragon." The 28-song mixtape is laced with new collaborations, remixes and old school hits of their own ("Scenario," "Vivrant Thing"). The rappers gave fans a taste of "…

  14. Zebra Katz Talks Busta Rhymes, Covering Tiffany's 'I Think We’re Alone Now' & 'DRKLNG' Mixtape

    May 24, 2013 3:43 PM EDT Since releasing his eagerly anticipated "DRKLNG" mixtape last week, Ojay Morgan hasn’t done much talking. The 25-year old, Brooklyn-based darkwave rapper and multimedia artist, the force behind mischievous alter ego Zebra Katz, opted to lay low while fans and critics dissected his…

  15. Talib Kweli, 'Prisoner of Conscious': Video Track-By-Track

    May 07, 2013 12:56 PM EDT Two years after "Gutter Rainbows" (2011) peaked at No. 7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Talib Kweli delivers his fifth studio album, "Prisoner of Conscious." "Prisoner of Conscious" went through "different changes" before it's release. It's…

  16. Mystikal to Release 'Original' Album in June

    February 07, 2013 1:06 PM EST Twelve years after releasing his sixth studio album, "Tarantula" (2001), Mystikal is back in the studio recording. The rapper is currently working on his forthcoming album, "Original," expected to debut in June. "The sound that’s prominent on the radio, and on hit…

  17. PJ Morton Exclusive Song Premiere: 'Only One' feat. Stevie Wonder

    January 28, 2013 10:00 AM EST With an expansive fan base and the success of his 2012 EP, "Following My First Mind," PJ Morton has managed to create quite a buzz for himself. But the singer-songwriter, producer and Maroon 5 keyboardist is ready to kick it up a notch. The Young Money/Soothe Your Soul…

  18. Trinidad James: 'I Don't Think I've Made It'

    January 08, 2013 1:10 PM EST Read what's in store for the 25-year-old hip-hop phenom. Trinidad James is the proverbial hip-hop overnight success story. In a matter of months, the 25-year-old neophyte went from slinging streetwear at a boutique in his hometown of Atlanta to inking a deal with Def Jam Recordings,…

  19. N.O.R.E. Changes Name to P.A.P.I., Releases 'Tadow' Video

    January 07, 2013 2:25 PM EST New year, new N.O.R.E. After 16 years in the rap game, Noreaga has changed his name to P.A.P.I. "Sometimes if you're lost, the best way to find where you're at is to go to the beginning," P.A.P.I. told MTV News . "My mother doesn't even call me Victor, my father…

  20. T.I.: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 26, 2012 1:00 PM EST "People keep expecting me to fail. I'm going to continue to be huge." Inside the making of T.I.'s "Trouble Man." On Aug. 31, 2011, Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. walked out of Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Forrest City, a low-security federal…

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