1. Warren G & Director Karam Gill Dissect Their New Star-Studded Documentary 'G-Funk'

    March 15, 2017 4:41 PM EDT From the streets of Long Beach to stages worldwide, the new film, which premiered at SXSW this weekend, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the rise of a genre. The first scene of G-Funk , the new documentary written and directed by Karam Gill about the seminal early 1990s West Coast hip-hop…

  2. Rag 'n' Bone Man Takes You Behind the Scenes of 'Human,' Admits Aretha Franklin Made Him Cry

    February 22, 2017 1:44 AM EST Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s career couldn’t have got away to a brighter start.  The British soul man has the decade’s fastest-selling male solo debut in the U.K. with his album Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia/Sony Music), and he’s guaranteed to come home with a prize from this Wednesday’s Brit Awards…

  3. Apple Shows Off Sneak Peek of Original Series 'Planet of the Apps'

    February 14, 2017 2:20 AM EST Apple gave a first look at its new original unscripted series, Planet of the Apps , on Monday evening and the show looks a little like Shark Tank meets The Voice.  In the clip shown to attendees of the Code Media conference, app developers have 60 seconds to get Planet of the Apps' group…

  4. Anderson .Paak Talks Working With Dr. Dre & Q-Tip on Pharrell's Beats 1 Show

    January 12, 2017 1:06 PM EST In 2016, singer/songwriter Anderson .Paak's stock skyrocketed. Not only did he secure himself two Grammy nominations for his critically acclaimed project, Malibu, but he also provided features for Mac Miller, ScHoolBoy Q, and A Tribe Called Quest.  .Paak recently visited Pharrell on his…

  5. Rob Riggle Takes It Back to the '80s Wtih N.W.A Performance on 'Lip Sync Battle'

    November 08, 2016 12:39 PM EST Rob Riggle has built his career on comedy, from his stints on Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show to his comedic roles in movies  The Hangover and Step Brothers . Taking his comedic chops to center stage, the funny man battles fellow comedian Jeff Dye in an all new Lip Sync Battle airing…

  6. Everything We Know About 'The Hamilton Mixtape'

    November 03, 2016 1:10 PM EDT Back in May 2009, a year after his first hit show In the Heights won the Tony for Best Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda was invited to perform at the White House Evening of Poetry . Lin got on-stage and started a rap from a project he was working on called The Hamilton Mixtape . No one knew the…

  7. Nas, Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott & More Inspire Marvel Comics' Forthcoming Hip-Hop Variants Covers

    October 14, 2016 1:12 PM EDT Marvel Comics continues to pay homage to hip-hop with its latest set of variants, debuting exclusively on  Billboard . Last October, the comic powerhouse began rolling out several covers that saluted iconic hip-hop albums.  For their forthcoming releases, Marvel grabs inspiration from Nas &…

  8. Dr. Dre & Ice Cube Cleared From Wrongful Death Lawsuit Involving Suge Knight

    October 07, 2016 7:10 PM EDT Dr. Dre and Ice Cube will not be charged in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of actor Terry Carter, who was killed on the set of a promotional shoot for Straight Out of Compton last year.  [readmore:7446633] Carter was killed when Suge Knight allegedly ran him over with his…

  9. The 10 Best Music Videos Inspired By a Movie

    September 27, 2016 1:39 PM EDT Kanye and Teyana doing 'Flashdance,' Madonna playing Marilyn, and many more. Music videos themselves are really just short films, so it only makes sense that many of the art form's finest works would pay homage to their feature-length counterparts on the silver screen. We don&…

  10. Hip-Hop's 10 Best Reunions

    September 20, 2016 3:38 PM EDT Judging by Diddy ’s Bad Boy Family reunion tour and Dungeon Family ’s reunion at Atlanta’s One Music Festival, rap reunions have been all the rage as of late. Providing a nostalgic glimpse for fans and a return to relevance for artists, reunions can go a long way at preserving the legacy of…

  11. Diddy Tops Forbes' 'Hip-Hop Cash Kings' List for Second Straight Year

    September 07, 2016 7:25 PM EDT Which rappers "started from the bottom" and made it all the way to the top? On Wednesday (Sept. 7), Forbes unveiled its "Hip Hop Cash Kings 2016" list, and  Diddy  holds down the No. 1 spot for the second year in a row. Diddy has kept himself quite busy this year, kicking…

  12. Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number: Sia & Other Artists Who Topped the Hot 100 After 40

    July 28, 2016 5:50 PM EDT As Sia ’s “Cheap Thrills” becomes her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 as an artist, the singer-songwriter also completes the rare feat of earning her first No. 1 after her 40th birthday. Sia's 'Cheap Thrills' Hits No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart Just how unusual is…

  13. Dr. Dre Won't Be Charged Over Malibu Gun Case

    July 27, 2016 10:51 PM EDT Los Angeles prosecutors have declined to bring gun charges against rapper Dr. Dre . A spokesman for the Los Angeles district attorney said Wednesday there was a lack of evidence that the record producer and entrepreneur had brandished a gun in public. Sheriff's deputies had cited Dre for…

  14. Wiz Khalifa Reveals More Details On 'Rolling Papers 2' and More Inside Scoop

    June 23, 2016 2:39 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa: Still Rolling 'Rolling Papers 2' Wiz Khalifa  dropped a new track, "More and More" from his hotly anticipated new album Rolling Papers 2 , but in an exclusive interview with  Billboard he said that he's still working on the album. "It’s almost ready.…

  15. 50 Cent & Dr. Dre Reportedly Sued Over 'P.I.M.P.'

    June 19, 2016 10:47 AM EDT A producer for  50 Cent 's 2003 smash "P.I.M.P." has reportedly issued a lawsuit against the Queens rapper as well as Dr. Dre and his company Aftermath Entertainment for shutting him out of the song's profits, according to  TMZ .  Parrott claims to have sent a batch of…

  16. King T Names His Five Favorite N.W.A Songs

    April 11, 2016 11:14 AM EDT On Friday (April 8), N.W.A officially became just the fifth rap group -- yes, they're all groups -- inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, and they did it the same way they broke down the doors to the mainstream: by taking on all haters. After Kiss frontman Gene Simmons made…

  17. Soul Star BJ the Chicago Kid Shares His Windy City Wisdom

    March 04, 2016 5:15 PM EST The rising R&B singer born Bryan J. Sledge is based in Los Angeles nowadays, but he wears his hometown roots -- or rather, his stage name: BJ the Chicago Kid -- on his sleeve. "Chicago taught me how to survive -- when to shut up, when to keep ­talking, when to leave, when to stay,…

  18. Apple's Music Money Is Everywhere -- Financed 'Hotline Bling' Video, Teaming with the Met, Dancing with Mary J. & Friends

    February 16, 2016 1:01 PM EST Drake 's "Hotline Bling" didn't just debut on Apple Music, it was financed by the tech goliath as its first attempt at original video content. According to Recode , the James Turrell-inspired clip, which spawned countless memes and even a Super Bowl ad, was the opening…

  19. Grammys 2016 Preview: From Kendrick to Kanye, a Look at the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    February 13, 2016 10:00 AM EST Best Rap Album 2014 Forest Hills Drive J. Cole Executive Producers Jermaine Cole, Mark Pitts Label Roc Nation/Columbia Records Releasing 2 014 Forest Hills Drive just three weeks after it was announced, the North Carolina rapper managed to parlay his near-surprise third album into a fruitful…

  20. Facebook Grammy Favorites: 'Uptown Funk!,' The Weeknd Lead the Pack

    February 12, 2016 9:21 PM EST The social media site shares the most positively received nominees. If Facebook users had their say, The Weeknd , Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars would have plenty to celebrate Monday (Feb. 17) at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Instagram Predicts Grammy Winners: Taylor Swift, Chris Stapleton Top…

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