1. DMX Heads Back to Jail

    July 27, 2010 12:27 PM EDT D MX surrendered to a judge Monday (July 26) to begin serving a 90-day jail sentence for a 2002 reckless driving conviction. Los Angeles City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said the 39-year-old turned himself in at a downtown courthouse. He said a judge ruled that DMX cannot be freed on…

  2. LCD Soundsystem Caps Camp Bisco Day One; Wu Massacre, Ween To Come

    July 16, 2010 5:32 PM EDT When the eighth annual Camp Bisco opened its gates a year ago, relentless rain storms were already delaying artist sets. This year, for Thursday at least, dry skies smiled on Camp Bisco 9, held at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, New York. The three-day music and arts festival…

  3. Roots Picnic / June 5, 2010 / Philadelphia (Festival Pier at Penn's Landing)

    June 07, 2010 1:30 PM EDT In only its third year, the Roots Picnic has established itself as Philadelphia's premiere outdoor summer festival thanks to a mix-and-match collection of bands and relaxed atmosphere. Although a few aggravating scheduling problems threatened the easygoing vibe, Saturday's show at…

  4. Run-DMC Reunion Out, Wu-Tang In For 2010 Roots Picnic

    May 06, 2010 5:19 PM EDT A planned reunion gig by Run-DMC at this summer's Roots Picnic has been scrapped, drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson revealed today during a live interview with Billboard.com. Instead, The Roots will serve as backing band for a trio of Wu-Tang Clan members: Ghostface, Method…

  5. Meth, Ghost & Rae, "Wu-Massacre"

    April 02, 2010 4:03 PM EDT Method Man recently admitted that "Wu-Massacre," his new album with fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon , was rush-released by Def Jam on a low budget. It's a fact that's somewhat hard to hide behind the set's lean production and uneven narrative.…

  6. 50 Cent, "Baby By Me"

    September 25, 2009 1:29 PM EDT On the heels of Ghostface Killah and Raheem DeVaughn 's "Baby," 50 Cent 's "Baby by Me" is another shout-out to lucrative childbearing, as the pragmatic Queens rapper offers a woman the chance to "have a baby by me, baby, be a millionaire." This is 50&…

  7. Ghostface Killah, "Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City"

    September 25, 2009 12:53 PM EDT In the past decade, Ghostface Killah has moved away from the esoteric beats of his Wu-Tang Clan cuts to explore buttery soul rhythms. On his new album, "Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City," the rapper dives head-first into R&B and the results are more mixed than his…

  8. Eminem, DMX, The Roots Pay Tribute To Def Jam At 2009 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors

    September 24, 2009 6:14 PM EDT Since its inception five years ago, VH1's Hip-Hop Honors has paid tribute to the preeminent figures in hip-hop history. For the sixth annual show, taped at Brooklyn's Academy of Music in New York last night (Sept. 23) and set to air on the network on Oct. 13, event coordinators…

  9. Raekwon Returns To Form With 'Cuban Linx...Pt. II'

    September 18, 2009 3:52 PM EDT J ay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" might be the week's No. 1 album, but the other major Sept. 8 hip-hop release, Raekwon's "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Pt. II," can still claim a victory. For three days during the week of its release, the Wu-Tang Clan member's…

  10. Raekwon Feat. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah & Method Man, "House Of Flying Daggers"

    August 20, 2009 1:17 PM EDT The first official taste of Raekwon's long-delayed "Only Built for Cuban Linx Pt. II," "Daggers" is an intoxicating posse cut that recalls the verbal weaponry of Wu-Tang Clan's early days. Over a grinding beat courtesy of the late J Dilla , Raekwon and company…

  11. Ghostface Killah Featuring Raheem DeVaughn, "Baby"

    August 18, 2009 10:11 AM EDT As "All That I Got Is You," "Back Like That" and a number of hits have aptly demonstrated, there's nothing quite like Ghostface Killah spitting Shaolin slang over a slice of hot buttered soul. For his forthcoming album "The Wizard of Poetry," the Wu-Tang…

  12. RZA Returns To The 'Chamber'

    June 25, 2009 9:06 AM EDT RZA says "Chamber Music" is NOT a new Wu-Tang Clan album -- but it's pretty close. "This is not a Wu-Tang Clan album, but this definitely feels Wu-Tang Clan inspired," explains the hip-hop impresario, who executive produced the June 30 set that features Clan members…

  13. Raekwon Announces 'Linx 2' Date, Says Budden 'Copied' Method Man

    May 19, 2009 8:25 AM EDT As first reported on Billboard.com last month , rapper Raekwon signed with EMI for his ICE H20 label, which will distribute his highly-anticipated "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II" album. Now, that set finally has a street date of August 11. "I'm really joyous with the…

  14. Ol' Dirty Bastard Documentary, Tribute Albums Coming

    April 30, 2009 3:44 PM EDT Deceased Wu Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard will be memorialized in an upcoming documentary and a series of tribute albums, all produced by his cousin Raison Allah. The first release, "All In Together Now Raw, A Tribute To Ol' Dirty Bastard," comes out in May, along…

  15. Raekwon Signs With EMI For 'Cuban Linx 2'

    April 16, 2009 7:09 PM EDT Raekwon has signed a distribution deal with EMI Label Services for his ICE H2O label. The Wu Tang Clan rapper will release his long-awaited "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2" album through the joint venture in the United States and Canada this summer. "It's been a long time…

  16. MSTRKRFT Heads Downtown With New Album

    December 01, 2008 1:50 PM EST The long-awaited sophomore album from MSTRKRFT, "Fist of God," will be released in the States on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak/Downtown in March, Billboard.com has learned. And the record, most of which is already in the can, is "really different from our last one," says…

  17. Ghostface Raids The Vault For 'GhostDeini'

    November 13, 2008 2:37 PM EST Ghostface Killah blends classic tracks with remixes and new verses on the upcoming collection "GhostDeini the Great," due Dec. 16 via Def Jam. The set will be available as a single CD or bundled with a DVD chronicling the artist's Hip-Hop Live tour. "GhostDeini"…

  18. Ghostface Raids The Vault For 'GhostDeini'

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ghostface Killah blends classic tracks with remixes and new verses on the upcoming collection "GhostDeini the Great," due Dec. 16 via Def Jam. Ghostface Killah blends classic tracks with remixes and new verses on the upcoming collection "GhostDeini the Great," due Dec. 16…

  19. N.A.S.A. Blasts Off With Kanye, M.I.A., Waits

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Boasting one of the more eclectic guest lists in recent memory, Brazilian-influenced duo N.A.S.A. will unveil its debut album, "The Spirit of Apollo," Feb. 17 via Anti-. Boasting one of the more eclectic guest lists in recent memory, Brazilian-influenced duo N.A.S.A. will unveil its…

  20. VH1 Launches New Hip-Hop Themed Shows

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In anticipation of its upcoming fifth annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" telecast, VH1 will premiere two new original hip-hop themed programs. In anticipation of its upcoming fifth annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" telecast, VH1 will premiere two new original hip-hop themed programs. …

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