1. Iggy Azalea Responds to Jill Scott & Eve: 'They're Saying Act More Like How I Stereotype You to Be'

    January 28, 2015 6:35 PM EST After Jill Scott and Eve weighed in on the ongoing discussion of cultural appropriation in hip-hop last week and targeted Iggy Azalea 's "blaccent" as an example of her lacking originality, the Australian rapper has responded.  Jill Scott & Eve Weigh In on Iggy Azalea&…

  2. Jill Scott & Eve Weigh In on Iggy Azalea's 'Blaccent'

    January 26, 2015 9:14 PM EST It seems everyone in hip-hop has an opinion about Iggy Azalea , and now  Eve  and Jill Scott have weighed in.  Joining Shade 45's Sway In The Morning on Friday, promoting their new Lifetime movie With This Ring , after pleasantries host Sway Calloway turned the conversation to…

  3. Nicki Minaj Scores Record-Breaking No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    December 19, 2014 11:10 AM EST Nicki Minaj ' s "Only" flies 10-1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs  chart, giving the artist her fourth No. 1 -- the most among female rappers in the 56 years since the chart launched as a sales/airplay hybrid tally. Minaj surpasses Missy Elliott (with three leaders), and pulls…

  4. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Hot 100, Selena Gomez, Mark Ronson Hit Top 10

    December 03, 2014 2:48 PM EST Swift's 'Blank Space' reigns for a third week, while Gomez and Ronson (with Bruno Mars) land new top 10s. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, while two songs enter the top 10, by Selena Gomez and Mark Ronson (with…

  5. Soul Train Awards 2014: Chris Brown Wins Big, Jodeci Brings '90s R&B Nostalgia, Kool & The Gang Honored

    November 08, 2014 12:53 PM EST Chris Brown took home “Best Hip Hop Song” and “Best Collaboration” at the ceremony. When the silhouettes of K-Ci , JoJo , DeVante Swing and Mr. Dalvin appeared on the stage Friday night (Nov. 7), nobody over the age of 25 would remain in their seats. After years of rumors that the bad boys…

  6. Missy Elliott & Lil' Kim to Reunite at 2014 Soul Train Awards

    October 27, 2014 10:07 AM EDT Missy Elliott , Lil' Kim and Da Brat will reunite at next month's Soul Train Awards. BET and Centric announced Monday that the female rappers will take the stage Nov. 7 when the show tapes at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. They all co-starred on the 1997 hit "Not Tonight,…

  7. 15 Years Ago Today, Mariah Carey & Jay Z's 'Heartbreaker' Hit No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

    October 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Which of Mimi's 18 No. 1s is your favorite? Vote in the poll below. Fifteen years ago today, Mariah Carey 's "Heartbreaker," featuring a still-hyphenated Jay-Z , hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Aside from being an incredible jam -- and the rare No. 1 hit to include …

  8. Exclusive: T.I. Talks Female Rappers & Executive Producing 'Sisterhood of Hip Hop'

    August 12, 2014 11:50 AM EDT T.I. has advanced from being in front of the reality TV cameras to going completely behind the scenes, as executive producer of  Sisterhood of Hip Hop debuting Tuesday, Aug. 12, on Oxygen. The eight-episode docu-series produced by 51 Minds ( T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle , Below Deck )…

  9. Angie Martinez Resigns From Hot 97

    June 18, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Angie Martinez took to social media today (June 18), announcing that she's resigned from New York radio station, WQHT Hot 97. She posted a photo on Instagram of the words "Life has to move forward. Everything has its time and everything ends" over a pair of sunglasses. She…

  10. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  11. Ask Billboard: Too $hort Ends Too Long Wait For First Hot 100 Top 10

    April 25, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The rapper reaches the Hot 100's top 10 after appearing on the chart since 1990. Plus, OneRepublic makes history As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your…

  12. 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…

  13. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 50 Artists, Most Top 10s, Most No. 1s

    March 06, 2014 2:00 PM EST As Billboard celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Hot Rap Songs chart , which made its debut on March 11, 1989, we've delved into the tally's history to countdown the top 100 rap songs, and here we dive even deeper and list the top 50 Hot Rap Songs artists, the artists with the…

  14. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    March 06, 2014 1:15 PM EST To honor the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, we’re counting down the tally's top 100 tracks ever. Rap is a victorious genre. Having built its history on songs of overcoming the harshest of hard-knock lives, in addition to observances of all of life'…

  15. 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…

  16. Chris Kelly Funeral: Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat and Others Mourn Kris Kross Rapper

    May 09, 2013 4:45 PM EDT Chris Kelly's Kris Kross rap partner, Chris Smith, was among the well-known musicians, family and friends who gathered Thursday for Kelly's funeral in Atlanta. Smith walked into Jackson Baptist Memorial Church alongside rapper Jermaine Dupri, who discovered the the 1990s teen duo,…

  17. Kris Kross Rapper Chris Kelly Dead of Possible Drug Overdose

    May 01, 2013 10:18 PM EDT UPDATE 5/2 | Jermaine Dupri releases a statement , calling Kelly "a son I never had." Chris Kelly: 1978 - 2013 Kris Kross Rapper Dead at 34 Jermaine Dupri Remembers Chris Kris Kross: Billboard Chart Histoy Deftones Cover 'Jump' Live Rapper Chris Kelly of the '…

  18. Top 7 British Female Rappers Making Noise

    September 10, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Since its birth in the 1970s, hip-hop has been dominated mostly by men. Along the way, though, we have been blessed with some strong females who like to rock the mic too, and even best their male counterparts. From Roxanne Shanté to Nicki Minaj , each female rapper has brought their unique…

  19. Chart Juice: J. Cole, Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj Reach Top 10

    June 01, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Usher still reigns supreme as "Climax," his Diplo -produced hit, continues to top the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. J. Cole , Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj , meanwhile, enter the tally's top 10. Elliott and Minaj each log their 12th top 10s, extending their shared lead for the…

  20. Remembering Left Eye, 10 Years After Her Death

    April 25, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Ten years ago today (April 25), hip-hop and R&B lost a great soul too soon. Rapper, singer, dancer and songwriter, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes lost her life in a fatal car accident in Roma, Honduras at the age of 30. Honduran Villagers Mourn TLC's Lopes Lopes was was working on a…

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