1. 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…

  2. Fat Joe Faces Sentencing For Tax Case

    June 24, 2013 4:56 PM EDT Fat Joe faces sentencing after admitting he failed to file federal income taxes. The platinum-selling artist, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, is being sentenced Monday in federal court in Newark. He pleaded guilty in December 2012 to failing to pay taxes on more than $1 million of…

  3. Eif Rivera Talks Working With Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent & Fat Joe's Reconciliation & 'We Up' Video

    March 26, 2013 4:23 PM EDT Only in the video production world since 2011, Eif Rivera, video director, editor, and 3D graphic artist, has earned the respect of many rap heavy-weights. (He's "the new Hype Williams," according to Busta Rhymes.) But boy wonder isn’t a boy at all. Rivera has crafted…

  4. Chart Highlights: Mumford & Sons 'Light' Up Rock Radio

    December 31, 2012 3:25 PM EST The second single from the folk-rockers' album 'Babel' bows on Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  5. Fat Joe Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

    December 20, 2012 1:25 PM EST Rapper faces up to two years in prison. Rap star Fat Joe has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion. The performer, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, entered the plea Thursday (Dec. 20) to a charge of failing to pay taxes on more than $1 million of income in each of 2007 and 2008. The 42…

  6. French Montana Talks 'Mac & Cheese 3' Mixtape, Readies 2013 Debut

    November 30, 2012 12:15 PM EST On Nov. 18, French Montana released his latest mixtape, " Mac & Cheese 3 ," as a gift to fans. Since its release, the tape, which features guest appearances from Sean " Diddy " Combs, Fat Joe , Rick Ross and more, has logged more than 437,000 downloads on DatPiff.com…

  7. BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012: Chris Lighty Tribute, Cyphers & Winners

    October 10, 2012 8:50 AM EDT More than a week after the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards were taped in Atlanta, the annual show honoring the best in rap aired Tuesday night (October 9). The show started off strong with a performance by Wiz Khalifa . After rocking his single, "Work Hard, Play Hard," Wiz was joined by…

  8. 50 Cent Debuts Too Short-Assisted Single, 'First Date': Listen

    October 03, 2012 1:20 PM EDT The rapper also made amends with Fat Joe at the BET Hip-Hop Awards for the late Chris Lighty. With a month away from the release of his fifth studio album, "Street King Immortal," 50 Cent drops his newest single, "First Date," today (Oct. 3). "Im doing what I want…

  9. BET's Stephen G. Hill Downplays Hip-Hop Awards 'Altercation,' Cites 'Reckless Tweeting'

    October 02, 2012 8:17 PM EDT Reports of a fight backstage at the BET Hip-Hop Awards taping on Saturday night were blown out of proportion, according to the network's Stephen G. Hill, its president of music programming and specials. In an interview with Complex , Hill confirmed there was an "altercation"…

  10. Scuffle Backstage at BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 30, 2012 12:30 AM EDT Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in the backstage area of the awards show, held at a…

  11. Chris Lighty RIP: Rihanna, Diddy, Nicki Minaj + Others React

    August 30, 2012 4:35 PM EDT "The man that saved my life" -- Fat Joe Chris Lighty, one of the most influential entrepreneurs in hip-hop, was found dead today. The man who founded and built Violator Management from the ground up died of an apparent suicide, according to the New York Daily News. Throughout his…

  12. Chris Lighty, Hip-Hop Impresario, Found Dead

    August 30, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. Circumstances of his death were unconfirmed at press time, but New York Daily…

  13. Mac Miller Sued By Lord Finesse Over Mixtape Sample

    July 12, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Mac Miller 's meteoric rise to the top of the Billboard charts was largely fueled by mixtapes on internet buzz, but one vet of the rap game is not happy with how it happened. Lord Finesse -- part of the 1990s hip hop crew D.I.T.C. which also featured the likes of Big L and Fat Joe, among…

  14. Mary J. Blige: Burger King Ad Was A 'Mistake'

    June 28, 2012 6:10 PM EDT After a Burger King commercial featuring Mary J. Blige leaked and caused a wave of criticism, the singer kept her head low and endured public mockery and accusations of racism. Mary J. Blige: 'Unfinished' Burger King Ad Wasn't Cleared Two months and numerous 'fresh lettuce…

  15. Jennifer Lopez 'Hits' Package Coming in July

    June 25, 2012 6:00 PM EDT J. Lo will pack 13 years of hits onto one album when "Dance Again… The Hits," Lopez's first best-of collection, arrives on July 24 through Epic Records. "Dance Again… The Hits" will include a pair of previously unreleased songs: "Dance Again," the Pitbull…

  16. Chart Juice: R. Kelly Feels the 'Love' at No. 1 on Adult R&B

    May 03, 2012 5:20 PM EDT R. Kelly nabs another No. 1 on Billboard's Adult R&B airplay chart (viewable at billboard.biz), as "Share My Love" swims to the top spot. "Share My Love" becomes Kelly's first No. 1 on the list since the title track to his album "Love Letter" spent…

  17. Chart Juice: Usher's 'Climax' Reaches R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Peak

    April 22, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Usher notches his 12th No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Climax" steps 2-1 with 31 million audience impressions (up 8%), according to Nielsen BDS. The song is Usher's first single from his forthcoming seventh studio album, "Looking for Myself," due June 12. "…

  18. Chart Juice: Fat Joe Returns to R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Top 10

    April 13, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Fat Joe nabs his fourth career top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "Another Round," featuring Chris Brown , rises to No. 8 from No. 11. The song becomes the Bronx Bomber's first top 10 since "Make It Rain" made a splash (No. 6 peak) in 2007.…

  19. Chart Highlights: Flo Rida Flies to No. 1 on Pop Songs

    February 06, 2012 5:45 PM EST Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Good Feeling" Flo Rida As…

  20. Fat Joe Talks 100-Pound Weight Loss: 'All My Big People Were Dying'

    November 15, 2011 8:48 PM EST Fat Joe has slimmed down. The rapper, who says he once tipped the scales at 460 pounds, told CNN that he's lost 100 pounds and counting. "I think I weighed about 450, 460 at my heaviest," he said, explaining that his hip-hop success encouraged him to over-indulge. "[I…

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