1. Lady Gaga's Kendrick Lamar Collaboration Debuts Online: Listen

    November 08, 2012 5:00 PM EST In anticipation of Kendrick Lamar 's major label debut, "good kid, m.A.A.d city," Lady Gaga announced via Twitter in August that she was collaborating with the MC on the album. The duo's work didn't make it onto the final cut, but on Wednesday (Nov. 7), two weeks…

  2. Top 10 Best Hip-Hop Movies Ever

    November 08, 2012 2:00 PM EST Throughout the four decade history of hip-hop, there have been many movies that have attempted to capture the essence of the culture. Many have been OK, plenty have been good, but it's the rare film that has been great. "8 Mile," which hit the silver screen 10 years ago today …

  3. Eminem To Executive Produce Skylar Grey's Debut Album

    October 31, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Skylar Grey's debut album, which has been in limbo for over a year, is receiving a helping hand from hip-hop superstar Eminem. The rapper has signed on to executive-produce "Don't Look Down," which is due out in spring 2013, and will be featured on its…

  4. Gary Clark Jr., Reps Talk 'Blak And Blu' Debut & Career Start

    October 23, 2012 2:30 PM EDT To an ignorant eye, it seemed to be a typical night inside Hollywood's live performance hub Hotel Cafe. The Austin guitar phenom/vocalist Gary Clark Jr. and his band exited the stage after figuratively shredding it to fractions, as they're prone to do. But this early-2011 exhibition…

  5. Kendrick Lamar: The Story Behind 'good kid, m.A.A.d city'

    October 22, 2012 4:45 PM EDT It's a Tuesday evening in early October and Kendrick Lamar just dozed off in the back of a black mini coach. He's got a black Top Dawg Entertainment hooded sweatshirt pulled low over his eyes as the inexplicable in-car entertainment, a live recording of the Blue Man Group, dances…

  6. Kendrick Lamar, 'good kid, m.A.A.d city': Track-By-Track Review

    October 22, 2012 4:00 PM EDT In a state of hip-hop, where a large sum of rap is inflamed with made-strictly-for-wax, boastful raps of a luxurious lifestyle, Kendrick Lamar stands out for quite the opposite. The West Coast rapper's major-label debut studio album, "good kid, M.A.A.D. city" (Top Dawg…

  7. Main Attrakionz Talks 'Bossalini & Fooliyones' Debut & Career Start

    October 19, 2012 4:10 PM EDT It's hard to think of a better poster child for breakthrough music in the digital age than Main Attrakionz. Every step of the way, the Oakland, Calif.-based rap duo's success has been fueled by technology. The group's early, DIY recordings were created on a cheap, at-home Pro…

  8. Kendrick Lamar 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' Album Snippets Leak

    October 15, 2012 3:10 PM EDT A week before the release Kendrick Lamar 's "good kid, M.A.A.d city" (Oct. 22), snippets of the standard edition of his major label debut album leak. K. Dot has enlisted a few familiar names for both the standard and deluxe edition of "good kid, M.A.A.d city,"…

  9. Kendrick Lamar Releases 'Compton' Song, 'Good Kid' Tracklist

    October 02, 2012 11:20 AM EDT Debut album features collaborations with Drake, Jay Rock, Mary J. Blige. With three weeks to go before his debut album "good kid, m.A.A.d city" is released, Kendrick Lamar has unveiled the official tracklist for the highly anticipated album, as well as "Compton," a new…

  10. Watch Regina Spektor's Live Tastemakers Session

    September 11, 2012 4:00 PM EDT New York based piano pop songstress Regina Spektor plays three songs; talks "What We Saw From The Cheap Seats." Regina Spektor Tastemakers PHOTOS: Regina Spektor's Session "I don't know if I really believe in genre divisions," admits Regina Spektor as she…

  11. Dr. Dre, Diddy, Jay-Z Top Forbes' 'Hip-Hop Cash Kings' List

    September 05, 2012 2:35 PM EDT After creating some of the most classic albums hip-hop fans have ever heard, Dr. Dre shifted tactics and tackled exactly how those fans heard them, and his efforts have landed him on top of Forbes' list of top hip-hop cash kings. With $110 million in earnings in 2011, Dre blew away the…

  12. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  13. Slaughterhouse, Paul Rosenberg Talk 'Welcome to Our House' Album & Success

    August 28, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Rap supergroup Slaughterhouse doesn't quantify success in numbers. Following its self-titled debut on E1 Records in 2009, the quartet started work on its sophomore album, "Welcome to Our House." Consisting of Royce Da 5'9" , Joe Budden , Crooked I and Joell Ortiz ,…

  14. Big Boi Talks Andre 3000, Possible Phantogram Collabo EP & 'Vicious Lies' Album

    August 24, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Two weeks ago (August 10), Big Boi hosted a listening session for his solo sophomore studio album, "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors," in Atlanta. It was one of the most anticipated events during the MixShow Live weekend as Sir Luscious opened OutKast 's personal space to…

  15. Nelly Talks 'M.O.' Album, 'Marry Go Round' Single & CW's 'The Next'

    August 22, 2012 11:10 AM EDT It's been 12 years since Nelly stepped into the game with his solo debut,"Country Grammar." Now on his seventh studio album, "M.O.," the rapper continues to re-invent himself and work steadily on his legacy. "This [is] my seventh album and when you've been…

  16. Taylor Swift's 'Never' Roars Toward Record Sales Debut, Onto Airplay Charts

    August 20, 2012 1:20 PM EDT 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' could rewrite sales history, while also starting on a host of Billboard radio charts. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," the first single from Taylor Swift 's fourth studio album "Red," due Oct. 22, appears…

  17. Outside Lands 2012: Metallica, Skrillex Rock San Francisco

    August 13, 2012 11:45 AM EDT It's official: there's no such thing as genre-division anymore. The proof? The Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend, which found boomer headliners sharing time with EDM youngsters, metal oligarchs, and AOR mainstays -- and an audience…

  18. Chart Juice: 2 Chainz Gets Back-to-Back No. 1s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    August 10, 2012 11:55 AM EDT On the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, 2 Chainz gets his second overall No. 1 -- and first topper as a lead artist -- as "No Lie" (featuring Drake ) rises 2-1. 2 Chainz replaces himself atop the list as "No Lie" bumps "Mercy" down to No. 3 after a five-week…

  19. Blackground Clarifies Rumors of Aaliyah's Posthumous Album

    August 09, 2012 2:55 PM EDT Aaliyah's cousin, Jomo Hankerson, denies that Drake is contracted to executive produce the project. Update (4:00 pm): Following publication of this article, Blackground reached out to Billboard.biz to officially confirm that Drake and Noah '40' Shebib will be co-executive…

  20. The Beat: Jay-Z Producing NBA Video Game, MTV VMA Noms Announced

    August 02, 2012 1:00 PM EDT On the Thursday, Aug. 2 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, host Jonathan Brooks is coming to you from his homeland -- Los Angeles -- bringing you the latest headlines and chart news from the music world. J.B. dishes on Jay-Z's gig as executive…

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