1. Watch the First Trailer for Netflix Hip-Hop Drama 'The Get Down'

    January 07, 2016 3:59 PM EST At the annual Consumer Electronics Show, Netflix offered a first look at the Baz Luhrmann hip-hop drama The Get Down , which will focus on 1970s New York -- broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped, dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and…

  2. Guest Playlist: Listen to Armand Van Helden's Top 8 NYC-Inspired Jams

    November 03, 2015 12:55 PM EST Seasoned artist shares top New York tunes ahead of Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. Armand Van Helden is a decorated dance music veteran whose globetrotting ways predate his nearly three-decade DJ career. Holy Ship! Highlights: Griz, Disclosure & Armand Van Helden and More As a child,…

  3. Grandmaster Flash's Car Given Away by Parking Attendant

    July 25, 2015 12:08 PM EDT New York City police have launched an investigation after hip-hop heavyweight Grandmaster Flash 's car was given away at a Manhattan parking garage. A New York Police Department spokesman says Friday that the incident happened July 16 around 7:30 p.m. Grandmaster Flash Joins Baz Luhrmann…

  4. Glastonbury 2015: The Who Rocks the Crowd, Kanye West Goes Solo, and More Highlights From This Year's Festival

    June 29, 2015 10:30 AM EDT Less a festival, more a pop-up city set over 900 acres, in a time when hundreds of British festivals are competing with one another, Glastonbury remains king. The site is so vast and potentially disorientating that guided tours are now offered for overwhelmed newcomers -- a far cry from the…

  5. Nicki Minaj, Drake, David Guetta Booked for London's Wireless Fest

    February 02, 2015 11:09 PM EST Nicki Minaj , Drake , David Guetta , Avicii and Kendrick Lamar will headline this year's Wireless Festival in London. The 10th annual edition of the event will once again take place in Finsbury Park in the British capital. It will use the name New Look Wireless this year. Drake, who was…

  6. BET Honors MC Lyte With I Am Hip Hop Award

    September 12, 2013 10:22 AM EDT Hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte will receive the I Am Hip Hop Award presented by Sprite at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2013. Hosted by Snoop Dog, the awards telecast will be filmed at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on Sept. 28 for its premiere on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. ET.   Blazing inroads…

  7. Public Enemy's Chuck D: Rap Belongs in the Rock Hall

    December 11, 2012 3:45 PM EST "I've thought since day one that we should be recognized as much as anybody in rock," he tells Billboard As far as Chuck D is concerned, Public Enemy 's upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame resonates deeper than just with his group. Rock Hall Headlines •…

  8. Rock Hall 2013: Rush Has Heart, Donna Summer, Public Enemy as Classmates

    December 11, 2012 2:25 PM EST Randy Newman, Albert King and Quincy Jones Also Heading to Cleveland; Induction Ceremony Returning to Los Angeles After more than a decade of irate rants and enthusiastic lobbying from fans, Rush is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Canadian trio will be inducted into the hall…

  9. Top 10 Best Hip-Hop Movies Ever

    November 08, 2012 2:00 PM EST Throughout the four decade history of hip-hop, there have been many movies that have attempted to capture the essence of the culture. Many have been OK, plenty have been good, but it's the rare film that has been great. "8 Mile," which hit the silver screen 10 years ago today …

  10. Chris Lighty's Funeral Draws Hip-Hop Royalty

    September 05, 2012 4:50 PM EDT Diddy, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons Among Mourners in NYC LL Cool J and Sean "Diddy" Combs were among the stars who packed a standing-room-only funeral chapel Wednesday to pay their respects to music-industry mogul Chris Lighty. Mourners at the Manhattan funeral…

  11. Gaga & Bruno Among Grammy Concert (Fashion) Winners

    December 01, 2011 2:25 PM EST Although it was merely an hour-long concert for the Grammy nominations, there were plenty of fashion winners that arose at the The Grammy Nominations Concert Live . From Lady Gaga's zombified look to Katy Perry's sweet pink lace creation, the evening spawned glowing and gorgeously…

  12. Grammy Hall of Fame Adds Tina Turner, Paul Simon Hits

    November 21, 2011 3:15 PM EST Three of the biggest musical moments of the 1980s, Bruce Springsteen's album "Born in the U.S.A.," Paul Simon's "Graceland" and Tina Turner's single "What's Love Got to Do With It," are among the 25 recordings being inducted into the 2012…

  13. R. Kelly Autobiography Due in Spring 2012

    November 09, 2011 7:23 PM EST R. Kelly fans waiting to ride the "Soula Coaster" will have to wait a few more months. The R&B singer's autobiography, "Soula Coaster: The Diary of Me," is due in "spring 2012," a representative for publishing house SmileyBooks told the Village Voice on…

  14. Rapper Heavy D Dead at 44

    November 08, 2011 5:45 PM EST Heavy D , a rapper whose imposing size and crossover success helped make him a major rap star, died Tuesday afternoon at a Los Angeles hospital. According to confirmed reports , the 44-year-old rapper was found conscious on the walkway near his Beverly Hills home around 11:25 am when a 911…

  15. T.I. Turns Novelist With 'Power & Beauty'; Talks Freedom & Family

    October 14, 2011 3:10 PM EDT On Tuesday, October 18, Harper Collins will release the first book written by rapper Clifford "Tip" Harris, better known as the rapper T.I. The book, entitled Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets (William Morrow), is a novel written by Tip "T.I." Harris…

  16. Sylvia Robinson, Sultry Singer & Hip-Hop Visionary, Dead at 75

    September 29, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson , a sultry voiced R&B singer who later formed Sugar Hill Records and dreamed up the first commercial hit in the rap genre, died Thursday at a New Jersey hospital. She was 75. An unconfirmed report from The Urban Daily lists conjestive heart failure as the cause of death.…

  17. Slick Rick, Funkmaster Flex at Red Bull Music Academy's 'Five Out Of Five' Series

    September 29, 2011 12:02 PM EDT The Red Bull Music Academy presented the second installment of its Five Out Of Five lecture/concert series with Slick Rick at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx yesterday. Slick Rick, who was born in England but moved to the Bronx when he was 11 and gained prominence as part of Doug E. Fresh &…

  18. Gwen Stefani Closes Out Fashion Week with L.A.M.B. Runway Show

    February 18, 2011 2:13 PM EST G wen Stefani was one of the last designers to present at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City last night (Feb. 17), and the "Hollaback Girl" made sure to close things out with a bang. Stefani's L.A.M.B. show, for the No Doubt frontwoman's Fall 2011 collection, was…

  19. 29 Black Music Milestones: Public Enemy, NWA Bring Social Consciousness to Rap

    February 18, 2011 2:09 PM EST While Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five was the first to release a well-known political rap single called "The Message" in 1982, New York-based Public Enemy is considered one of the first mainstream political rap group and one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all…

  20. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ryan Tedder, Cee-Lo Guest On Oakenfold Album

    April 30, 2010 8:27 AM EDT British dance star Paul Oakenfold has recruited a host of big name artists for his next solo album "Pop Killer," including the Red Hot Chili Peppers , Gnarls Barkley vocalist Cee-Lo and One Republic 's Ryan Tedder . "I've got some really good people on it,"…

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