1. Big Sean Previews 'Finally Famous' with Kanye West, Kid Cudi & More

    June 08, 2011 11:30 AM EDT B ig Sean has been working non-stop since he spit 16 bars to his mentor, Kanye West at Detriot's Hot 102.7 FM WHTD radio station in 2005. Fast forward to six years later and a "Finally Famous" mixtape trilogy. Yesterday (June 7), Big Sean previewed his upcoming debut album, …

  2. DJ Quik: Kids Should 'Join the Army,' Not Gangs

    March 21, 2011 1:53 PM EDT While enjoying a slice of sweet potato pie at a Los Angeles restaurant on a March afternoon, rapper/producer DJ Quik reflects on one of the most impressionable moments of his life: when fellow West Coast rapper Eazy-E died of AIDS in 1995. "That's humbling to me. I don't want…

  3. Slum Village 'Manifesto' Reunites Rappers Past and Present

    June 30, 2010 1:02 PM EDT As he prepares for the July 27 release of "Villa Manifesto" -- the first Slum Village album to feature all four members, including the late J Dilla and Baatin -- co-founder T3 says the future of the Detroit rap troupe is up in the air at best. "For us to continue, I don't…

  4. New Kanye West Album Due In September

    June 28, 2010 4:18 PM EDT G.O.O.D. Music artist Big Sean has been the main source of information as it pertains to Kanye West's fifth album, still tentatively titled "Good Ass Job." Back in April, Big Sean tweeted the album would be released in June. Over the weekend, the rapper tweeted the album will…

  5. Dwele Expands Soul Vision On 'W.W.W.'

    June 21, 2010 3:49 AM EDT Soul stylist Dwele has no problem with the "baby-making music I've been giving people" since he started releasing albums nationally in 2003. But he had a more ambitious vision for his new "W.ants. W.orld. W.omen. (W.W.W.)," which is due out on June 29. "I felt…

  6. Kanye Confronts Haters on Leaked 'Power' Track

    May 28, 2010 12:09 PM EDT It's been months since fans heard anything , much less new music, from Kanye West, but the drought is finally over. A track by the rapper/producer titled "Power" leaked on the Internet Friday (May 28), giving fans the first glimpse of what's in store on his buzzed-about…

  7. Eminem Victorious At Free Detroit Concert

    May 20, 2009 7:13 AM EDT It was short and sweet but decidedly victorious as Eminem brought his "Relapse" back home with a special free concert in Detroit. Marking the release of his first new studio album in five years, the rapper blitzed through eight songs in 35 minutes at the Sound Board theater in the…

  8. Cole, DeVaughn Set For Heineken Red Star Tour

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The third annual Heineken Red Star Soul concert series will kick off Aug. 6 at Boulevard3 in Los Angeles, featuring performances by Ashanti and Goapele. The third annual Heineken Red Star Soul concert series will kick off Aug. 6 at Boulevard3 in Los Angeles, featuring performances by Ashanti…

  9. Coldplay Scores Second Week Atop Album Chart

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The top three slots on The Billboard 200 remain static this week, as Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" starts a second week at No. 1. The Capitol effort moved 249,000 U.S. copies, The top three slots on The Billboard 200 remain static this week, as Coldplay…

  10. Peter Hadar

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Everything comes full circle. Just ask R&B/soul singer Peter Hadar. Everything comes full circle. Just ask R&B/soul singer Peter Hadar. Though born into a performance-minded family (his father was a singer and an actor) and blessed with musical talents as well, a young Hadar initially…

  11. Dwele 'Sketches' New Album For June

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter/producer Dwele will release his third album, "Sketches of a Man," on June 24 via RT Music Group/Koch Records. Singer/songwriter/producer Dwele will release his third album, "Sketches of a Man," on June 24 via RT Music Group/Koch Records. The G-1-produced …

  12. Dwele Savors Grammy Nod, Preps New Album

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST R&B singer Dwele says he's "on schedule, pretty much" for his third album, the follow-up to 2005's "Some Kinda...," which he hopes to release in late March on Koch. R&B singer Dwele says he's "on schedule, pretty much" for his third album,…

  13. Keys Keeps Cruising Atop Hot 100

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys continues to cruise on the Billboard Hot 100 with "No One," which begins its second week atop the chart. The song is also No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a seventh straight frame. Alicia Keys continues to cruise on the Billboard Hot 100 with "No One,"…

  14. Common Rhymes With Kanye, Lily Allen On 'Forever'

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of 2005's "Be," which debuted at a career-best No. 2 on The Billboard 200, Common has set a July 10 release date for his next Geffen album, "Finding Forever." The set features production On the heels of 2005's "Be," which debuted at a…

  15. J. DILLA, "The Shining"

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A vocal companion to Dilla's instrumental sleeper on Stones Throw, "Donuts," which was also recorded in the hospital, "The Shining" documents the totality of who Jay Dee was as an artist and performer Lupus is a horrible disease, one that literally eats you alive and…

  16. Hip-Hop Stars Help J Dilla 'Shine'

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT J Dilla's (also known as Jay Dee) longtime friend and collaborator Karriem Riggins served as the album's executive producer. The late hip-hop producer J Dilla's second solo project "The Shining," which was nearly completed when he died Feb. 10, will be issued Aug. 22…

  17. On TV

    January 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2005. MONDAY, JAN. 30 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist(s): Leif Garrett (also scheduled: Mark DiCarlo, Garrett's mother Carolyn Stellar). "The View," ABC Featured artist(s): Barry Manilow (also scheduled: Rosie…

  18. TOP HEATSEEKERS

    November 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST /bb/charts/heatseekers.jsp 1. Three Days Grace , Three Days Grace 2. Welcome Interstate Managers , Fountains Of Wayne 3. The Soul Sessions (EP), Joss Stone 4. Long Black Train , Josh Turner 5. Subject , Dwele Issue date: Nov. 22, 2003 News Joss Stone , Josh Turner , Dwele …

  19. TOP HEATSEEKERS

    October 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST /bb/charts/heatseekers.jsp 1. Welcome Interstate Managers , Fountains Of Wayne 2. Long Black Train , Josh Turner 3. Subject , Dwele 4. The Soul Sessions (EP) , Joss Stone 5. Story Of The Year , Page Avenue Issue date: Nov. 1, 2003 News Joss Stone , Josh Turner , Dwele …

  20. TOP HEATSEEKERS

    October 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT /bb/charts/heatseekers.jsp 1. The Room's Too Cold , The Early November 2. Subject , Dwele 3. Saxophonic , Dave Koz 4. Welcome Interstate Managers , Fountains Of Wayne 5. The Soul Sessions (EP) , Joss Stone Issue date: Oct. 25, 2003 News Dave Koz , Joss Stone , Dwele …

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