1. Throwback Thursday: The LOX vs. Diddy in 2005 Hot 97 Interview

    November 13, 2014 5:44 PM EST Nine years ago this month (November 2005), the LOX 's Jadakiss and Styles P turned it up on Diddy while being interviewed on NYC’s Hot 97. It feels like ages ago, doesn't it? I bet it doesn't for the LOX though. Diddy has a reputation for allegedly mistreating his artists. We…

  2. Jay Z Wants Lawsuit Over Alleged One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

    September 16, 2014 1:18 PM EDT Jay Z and Rihanna 's hit song "Run This Town" is in the news again, but this time it doesn't involve Rihanna saying "f-ck you" to a major TV network . As the singer unleashes her fury to CBS for pulling the song from last week's Thursday Night Football, her…

  3. Listen: Lil' Kim Releases Jadakiss-Assisted Song, 'Real Sick'

    September 11, 2014 1:49 PM EDT "The Queen's back, bitches." Lil' Kim kicks off her new song, "Real Sick," strong: "Lil' Kim, the one they all love and hate / The Queen's back bitches, regurgitate / I got these hos real sick like a stomach ache." "Real Sick" --…

  4. Instagram Sensation ‘Fat Jew’ Is Making Big Bucks With His Crazy Antics

    August 18, 2014 4:39 PM EDT ”Up until a year ago I was pretty much just getting paid to be an idiot,” says 30-year-old Josh Ostrovsky , better-known as comic and Instagram sensation The Fat Jew . These days, he’s an idiot with a very bright future. After amassing half a million Instagram followers -- including Katy…

  5. Jennifer Lopez's Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    May 15, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has been ruling the Billboard charts for the past decade and a half. Before the singer/dancer/actress takes the stage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on May 18 to perform and also to accept the Icon Award, in recognition of all she has achieved so far in her career, we'…

  6. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More

    March 22, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of the 10th anniversary of "Confessions," an elite group of contributors who were involved in its creation share the story of making the album. There aren’t many albums that make you feel as if your life is being recited back to you or as if you have your very own…

  7. Lil Bibby Talks Upcoming EP & Hints at Drake Collaboration

    January 21, 2014 10:39 AM EST Lil Bibby can still recall Drake's initial praise: "Streets need that TAPE! I'm waiting on it." Initially, the Twitter direct message inspired the rising Chicago rapper to reassess and record new songs for his debut mixtape "Free Crack," in hopes of meeting Drake…

  8. Bubbling Under: Basic Vacation Gets To Work

    November 22, 2013 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Vice, Basic Vacation, the Cadillac Three and Jabo   BASIC VACATION Basic Vacation may have a leisure-themed name, but the pop/rock trio is…

  9. The Seed: Eminem, The Lox, Cam'ron & More New Music

    August 30, 2013 3:00 PM EDT It's been over 10 years since the LOX last graced Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as a unit but this week’s release of "Summers Too Hot" could bring the drought to an end. The street record, primed for Labor Day barbeques, was produced by the group's longtime producer Scram…

  10. Jamie Drastik, 'Chasing Shadows' Feat. Pitbull & Havana Brown: Single Premiere

    April 23, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Pitbull protege Jamie Drastik has recruited his mentor as well as "We Run The Night" star Havana Brown for his shiny new single "Chasing Shadows," premiering exclusively on Billboard.com: The Poughkeepsie, N.Y. native has been obsessed with hip-hop since he was 8,…

  11. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 19, 2013 10:00 AM EST From Beyonce and John Legend to the Goo Goo Dolls and Soundgarden, all the music stars heading to Washington, D.C. Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin , the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans…

  12. AraabMUZIK Talks New Album, Skrillex, Diplo Collaborations

    November 25, 2012 5:30 PM EST AraabMUZIK is dreaming up his next album. The hip-hop producer/MPC mastermind initially came onto the scene producing New York hip-hop crew The Diplomats. Since then, he's gone on to collaborate with big names such as Cam'ron, Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, Danny Brown, 50 Cent, Eminem,…

  13. Barack Obama: 10 Best Songs About The President

    November 07, 2012 3:00 PM EST Hip-Hop has been behind Barack Obama since his first presidential campaign in 2008. From Jay-Z to will.i.am, artists have shown their support for the first African-American President of the United States through inspirational odes and unforgettable performances. This week, amidst Obama's…

  14. Barack Obama: 10 Best Songs About The President

    November 07, 2012 3:00 PM EST Hip-Hop has been behind Barack Obama since his first presidential campaign in 2008. From Jay-Z to will.i.am, artists have shown their support for the first African-American President of the United States through inspirational odes and unforgettable performances. This week, amidst Obama's…

  15. G.O.O.D. Music, 'Cruel Summer': Track-By-Track Review

    September 18, 2012 12:35 PM EDT It's not that Kanye West ever stops working, because he doesn't; it's that when he's released new music it's as if he's been gone for a minute. Each release is an event. Even 'Ye's G.O.O.D. Friday songs -- which were released by 'Ye himself as…

  16. Listen: G.O.O.D. Music 'Cruel Summer' Snippets

    September 11, 2012 3:35 PM EDT A week before the debut of "Cruel Summer" (Sept. 18), iTunes debuts snippets from the G.O.O.D. Music compilation album. The 12-track album kicks off with R. Kelly on "To the World." Aside from Kellz, "Cruel Summer" features guest appearances by Jay-Z , Big Sean ,…

  17. DJ Khaled, 'Kiss the Ring': Track-By-Track Review

    August 21, 2012 2:05 PM EDT In the past decade, few entities have stayed steady. Wars have ended, 'The Hangover' rose and fell, and 4 Loko got banned within a month. Meanwhile, as the world has turned, DJ Khaled has managed to put out six studio albums -- each and every one of them, in his words, "the…

  18. 2 Chainz Talks 'Based on a T.R.U. Story' Album & Success

    August 06, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Chainz glides effortlessly across a wide Midtown Manhattan sidewalk looking like he just strutted out of central casting for the world's coolest hip-hop star. In fact, he plays the part with vigor: a crisp fedora hat, designer shades, a T-shirt that covers myriad tattoos, charcoal…

  19. Alchemist Talks 'Russian Roulette' Album & Soviet Union Propaganda

    July 18, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Hip-hop may be the only genre in which an artist's record sales and commercial tie-ins seem to matter more than anything else -- sometimes even more than the music itself. But that's not the case with Alchemist , whose new album, "Russian Roulette," arrives July 18 on…

  20. 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…

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