1. Salva Talks Pop Production, the San Francisco Scene & Being 'Butt-Hurt' About Beyonce Haters

    February 13, 2015 9:00 AM EST It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Salva has done a complete 180 from when he first started putting out music in 2009. You might know him from his remix of Kanye West 's "Mercy" in 2012, but the DJ and producer born Paul Salva's first releases were the ultimate…

  2. Freddie Gibbs on ESPN's Stuart Scott: 'He Might've Saved My Life'

    January 12, 2015 4:21 PM EST 'Stuart Scott was a hero,' Gibbs says of the late ESPN anchor. ESPN's Stuart Scott, who brought hip-hop to sports' national airwaves, attention to the fight against cancer, and joy to countless sports fans' days, died Sunday, Jan. 4. In what turned out to be his…

  3. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  4. Freddie Gibbs Reportedly the Target of Brooklyn Shooting

    November 04, 2014 2:52 PM EST Freddie Gibbs was the target for a shooting that took place outside of Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on early Tuesday, Nov. 4. The gunman ran up to a black GMC Denali, which Gibbs and camp sat in, and shot inside, according to the New York Post . Gibbs and his crew were parked at…

  5. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual festival and conference was announced , the…

  6. Rock The Bells 2013: Ol' Dirty Bastard's Hologram Performs with Son On Day 2

    September 09, 2013 11:09 AM EDT Method Man threatens to leave due to technical difficulties. Rock the Bells successfully pulled off a second hologram performance on night two of the double-date festival in San Bernardino, CA, but not without technical glitches. Photos: Rock the Bells 2013 | Eazy-E's Hologram Takes…

  7. Emoment: Freddie Gibbs Defines True Love

    July 23, 2013 11:50 AM EDT There's nothing like the softer side of a rapper, when he or she almost sheds a thug tear or subtly smirks when reminiscing on a special someone. In the words — err, tweets — of Jay Z, a rapper whose done such that (the latter at least): "facts only." In the new Juice series…

  8. Young Jeezy Releases 'It's Tha World' Mixtape, Announces CTE World, Atlantic Records Deal

    December 12, 2012 1:30 PM EST Jeezy talks splitting ways with former CTE World artist, Freddie Gibbs. A year after the release of "Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition," Young Jeezy debuts new mixtape, "It's Tha World." The 17-track project includes features by 2 Chainz , YG, Trey Songz ,…

  9. RZA Says Directing 'Iron Fists' Was His 'Most Challenging Job To Date'

    October 18, 2012 11:45 AM EDT As for a full-blown Wu-Tang reunion, the rapper/producer says, "You just never know with us, man." The upcoming action-adventure film "The Man With The Iron Fists" not only allowed Wu-Tang Clan majordomo RZA to flex his muscles in acting, directing and screenwriting, but…

  10. RZA's 'The Man With the Iron Fists' Soundtrack Features Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, Black Keys

    August 28, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Pusha T, Talib Kweli, Corinne Bailey Rae, and more are also featured on the film's soundtrack. RZA 's directorial debut, "The Man With the Iron Fists," is an action-packed kung-fu film starring Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. The movie will hit theaters in November, but a star…

  11. Big K.R.I.T.'s Major Label Moment Almost Never Happened

    May 23, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Ever since Big K.R.I.T. staked his claim on Southern rap with the 2010 mixtape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here , hip-hop fans have anxiously awaited the Mississippi native's proper debut. Though the wait for Live From the Underground , due June 5, has been almost exactly two years since the rapper…

  12. Jim Jones Shouts Out Michael Vick on 'So Athletic' Track

    November 01, 2011 12:10 PM EDT To celebrate the Oct. 31 release of his new mixtape, "Vampire Life: We Own The Night," Dipset rapper Jim Jones has unleashed the track "So Athletic (Mike Vick)" featuring Maino . The song nods to Michael Vick, the physically gifted Philadelphia Eagles QB who served two…

  13. Photos: Rock The Bells Invades San Francisco

    August 29, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Long-running hip-hop festival Rock The Bells rocked San Francisco's Shoreline Ampitheatre on Saturday (Aug. 27), with a diverse cast of artists providing a mix of old-school charm and new-school hunger. Upstarts like Big K.R.I.T. and Freddie Gibbs shared stages with veterans like Nas,…

  14. Four-Play: Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Common, Nas & Young Jeezy

    August 12, 2011 3:35 PM EDT Kid Cudi grows fangs, Wiz Khalifa lets "the party get the best of him," Nas and Common shut eyes and Young Jeezy gets a Gatorade cooler full of money dumped on him. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Common, Nas and Young Jeezy. Kid…

  15. Young Jeezy Sets 'TM103' Tour Dates, Announces New Single

    July 27, 2011 2:57 PM EDT After triumphantly celebrating the sixth anniversary of his debut album "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101" this week, Young Jeezy has officially announced the Sept. 20 release of his fourth full-length, "TM103," as well as a 31-city tour leading up to the release. A…

  16. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber's Vanity Fair Woes, Linkin Park's Secret Show

    July 05, 2011 7:41 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber's Vanity Fair Cover Lowest Seller in 12 Years Justin Bieber may have more than 10 million Twitter followers, and a hit with his documentary "Never Say Never" -- but that doesn't…

  17. Exclusive: Freddie Gibbs Talks Upcoming Projects, Working with Young Jeezy

    May 05, 2011 1:15 PM EDT After bursting onto the scene as an acclaimed mixtape artist, Freddie Gibbs signed to Young Jeezy 's Corporate Thugz Entertainment (CTE) Records last month, and has already hit the ground running with a ton of new material. In the second part of our three-part interview, Gibbs shares on…

  18. Exclusive: Freddie Gibbs Speaks on Lil B Beef

    May 03, 2011 5:50 PM EDT F reddie Gibbs is not one to bite his tongue. In the first part of our three part interview, the newly CTE signee sits down with Billboard.com's the Juice to set the record straight on his feelings towards Lil B and the rapper's album title, "I'm Gay." Press Play:…

  19. Press Play: Freddie Gibbs, Young Jeezy, Diggy Simmons, Bruno Mars, Solange & More

    May 03, 2011 4:55 PM EDT Billboard's the Juice is invading your Beats by Dre headphones with the latest tracks, leaked or just realeased. Check out the Juice's playlist featuring Freddie Gibbs , Young Jeezy , Bruno Mars , Diggy Simmons , Omarion , YG and Solange . I got to listen to Freddie Gibbs'…

  20. Young Jeezy Is 'Ballin' with Lil Wayne on New Single: Listen

    April 12, 2011 4:28 PM EDT As Young Jeezy fans await the release of his long-delayed fourth full-length, "TM 103," the rapper has issued the album's next single. "Ballin'," featuring Lil Wayne , was unleashed online today (April 12) and boasts hard-hitting verses from the rap veterans. …

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