1. DMX, Naughty By Nature & More Salute Hip-Hop On Masters of Ceremony Reunion Tour

    April 02, 2014 4:06 PM EDT Add another entry to this summer's national tour schedule: the 2014 Masters of Ceremony Hip-Hop Reunion. Featuring a master class of hip-hop artists—including DMX, Naughty By Nature, Rakim and Biz Markie—the tour kicks off July 11 at Miami's American Airlines Arena.   Das EFX, Big…

  2. 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…

  3. Run-D.M.C.'s 'Run D.M.C.' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 27, 2014 11:08 AM EDT It's been thirty years since the release of Run-D.M.C.'s self-titled debut LP, which made its way to record stores on March 27, 1984. The album is a cultural landmark, introducing legendary rappers Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, plus their…

  4. Big Albums, But No Big Hot 100 Hits

    March 14, 2014 8:11 PM EDT New Billboard 200 leader Rick Ross is among artists who repeatedly dominate the chart despite having not landed a top 10 Hot 100 hit With the arrival of "Mastermind" atop the Billboard 200 chart , Rick Ross continues his streak of earning No. 1 albums without ever having tallied a…

  5. Rick Ross Rules With Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    March 12, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams' second solo album starts at No. 2, and Lea Michele scores a Top 5 debut. Rapper Rick Ross collects his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Mastermind" arrives atop the list. The set sold 179,000 copies in the week ending March 9,…

  6. DMX's Boxing Match With George Zimmerman Canceled

    February 09, 2014 9:12 AM EST Heeding to vocal opposition to his plans, Philadelphia celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman has canceled the upcoming match between rapper DMX and George Zimmerman, the acquitted killer of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin. Feldman said on Saturday that he was "done" with Zimmerman and…

  7. DMX to Face George Zimmerman in Boxing Ring

    February 05, 2014 12:25 PM EST DMX says he will be fighting for "every black person who has been done wrong in the system" In all-around horrible news today, TMZ  has confirmed that DMX will fight George Zimmerman in a celebrity boxing match. The New York-born rapper was selected out of more than 15,00…

  8. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  9. Drake's Aaliyah Project Halted, Says Producer

    January 08, 2014 7:32 PM EST The would-be Aaliyah record of unreleased tracks from the late singer is staying on the shelf -- for good, this time. Production of the posthumous album, spearheaded by Noah "40" Shebib and Drake, has been halted, according to a new Vibe interview with Shebib. "Aaliyah’s label…

  10. It's Official: Beyonce Makes History With Fifth No. 1 Album

    December 17, 2013 8:12 PM EST It's official: Beyonce's new self-titled album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making her the first woman to hit No. 1 with her first five studio albums. It follows the chart-topping "Dangerously In Love" (2003), "B'Day" (2006), "I Am...…

  11. New York Judge Rejects DMX's Bankruptcy Filing

    November 09, 2013 3:54 PM EST A federal judge in New York has tossed rapper DMX's bankruptcy filing, making him fair game for creditors. The Journal News reports that a bankruptcy judge in White Plains dismissed the 42-year-old rapper's July 29 Chapter 11 filing on Friday. The hip-hop star's real name is…

  12. DMX Arrested Again in South Carolina

    November 05, 2013 11:29 PM EST Rapper DMX has been arrested again in South Carolina. A spokeswoman for the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport says airport police arrested the 42-year-old entertainer, whose real name is Earl Simmons, just after 5 p.m. Monday. Rosylin Weston says officers familiar with Simmons&…

  13. Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience' & 12 More Two-Album/One-Year Releases

    October 01, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Justin Timberlake released “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2,” the other half of his comeback spring album yesterday (Sept. 30). With the singer performing at both the iTunes and iHeartRadio Music Festivals recently, recent talk show appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ”Late Night with Jimmy…

  14. David Cassidy Arrested for DWI in New York

    August 21, 2013 6:10 PM EDT Authorities say former teen heartthrob David Cassidy was pulled over in upstate New York for failing to dim his headlights and charged with DWI after tests showed his blood-alcohol content at .10, higher than the state's legal limit of .08. Schodack Police Lt. Joseph Belardo says…

  15. DMX Arrested Again, Denies Pot Charge

    August 21, 2013 5:46 PM EDT DMX has been arrested again in South Carolina. Police say the 42-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was a passenger in a truck that was stopped late Tuesday (August  21) for an illegal U-turn in Greer. Lt. Jim Holcombe says officers arrested Simmons after realizing he had an…

  16. A 'Heaven'-ly Return on the Billboard 200 Chart

    August 09, 2013 8:39 PM EDT Five Finger Death Punch's new album is the highest-charting effort in decades with "Heaven" in the title. "Heaven" is high atop the pop albums chart for the first time since 1960. The word heaven, that is. This week, "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous…

  17. DMX Files For Bankruptcy

    July 30, 2013 6:15 PM EDT It's been a tough month for DMX. Yesterday (July 29), the rapper filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Manhattan. According to the Wall Street Journal , the 42-year old, born Earl Simmons, owes $1 to $10 million in debt with only $50,000 in assets. This debt includes $1.24 million owed in…

  18. DMX Arrested Again: DUI, No Driver's License

    July 26, 2013 9:51 AM EDT Rapper DMX has been arrested in South Carolina and charged with driving under the influence. Greenville County jail officials say the 42-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested early Friday. He was also charged with not having a driver's license. Simmons was arrested…

  19. Earl Sweatshirt Performs 'Doris' Songs At NYC Show

    July 16, 2013 5:00 PM EDT Earl Sweatshirt's "secret" show yesterday (July 15) was at Ludlow Garage -- an auto repair shop. Cameras on tripods, microphones and DJ equipment replaced automobile tools; FADER affiliates replaced oil-covered mechanics; and Odd Future fans and media-related persons replaced…

  20. Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop' & 8 Examples of Female Pop Stars Recruiting Hip-Hop Producers

    June 19, 2013 1:10 PM EDT Before Miley & Mike WiLL, there was Britney & the Neptunes and Nelly & Timbaland. We explore the pop-rap history. As big a single as the recently released "We Can't Stop" looks to be for Miley Cyrus -- debuting at No. 11 on this week's Hot 100 chart, an…

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