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. Mary J. Blige, Kanye West Headlining Essence Music Festival

    February 16, 2011 6:00 PM EST M ary J. Blige , Trey Songz , Jill Scott and rapper Kanye West are among the headliners for the 2011 Essence Music Festival. The 17th annual New Orleans festival will celebrate the roots of rhythm and blues. Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc., says the lineup also will…

  4. Dwele, "W.ants W.orld W.omen (W.W.W.)"

    July 30, 2010 4:40 PM EDT Dwele - Kanye West 's vocal wingman ("Power," "Flashing Lights") and McDonald's McCafe pitchman-thematically expands his horizons on "W.ants W.orld W.omen (W.W.W.)" Dividing his fourth album into three distinct sections, the Grammy Award-nominated…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Kanye West featuring Dwele, "Power"

    June 11, 2010 11:19 AM EDT Kanye West followed the warm, synth-laden hip-hop of "Graduation" with the introspective, Auto-Tuned R&B of "808s & Heartbreak," making it difficult to predict the direction of upcoming album "Good Ass Job." With its stunning mix of rock-leaning…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Dwele / Dec. 7, 2008 / San Diego (Anthology)

    December 08, 2008 11:27 AM EST Chargers wide receiver Chris Chambers and his label, King Ape Entertainment, brought some soul to San Diego Dec. 7 with their inaugural Soul Hop, which featured performances by King Ape artist MC Pryslezz and soul crooner Dwele at Anthology. Hosted by radio personality Vanya from San Diego&…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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 …

  16. Complete Coverage Of The 50th Annual Grammy Awards

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST From the nominations to the grand event, full coverage of the 50th annual Grammy Awards, which took place Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. From the nominations to the grand event, Billboard.com presents full coverage of the 50th annual Grammy Awards, which took place Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. Winehouse,…

  17. 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,…

  18. 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,"…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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