1. SXSW 2015: Iggy Azalea Surprises, Leon Bridges Astounds & 26 More Standout Moments From Day 2

    March 19, 2015 11:20 AM EDT With the music portion in full swing at SXSW, we're bringing you daily recaps of the action from Austin. Here are 28 unforgettable moments from music's second big day at the fest. SXSW 2015: Check Out Our Full Coverage Here   12:20PM -- The War On Drugs wrap up their soundcheck…

  2. Top 20 Christmas Rap Songs

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST No one has the type of holiday spirit as a rapper. From Kanye West to Run-D.M.C. , they're spins on Christmas classics or originals range from the hilarious, weird to serious, but all stay true to themselves. Busta Rhymes -- whose Jim Carrey-featured "Grinch" song merely…

  3. The Seed: Lil Kim, Jim Jones, Jay-Z

    July 14, 2013 9:00 PM EDT On her 37th birthday (July 11, 2011), Lil Kim announced that she'd release a new single titled "Looks Like Money" off her fifth studio album. Neither the single nor the album ever materialized until last week when the Queen Bee unleashed the single in celebration of her 39th…

  4. Azealia Banks Beefs With Perez Hilton, Using Gay Slur

    January 05, 2013 1:55 AM EST Azealia Banks has been involved in countless Twitter beefs, but she may have gone too far this time. On Friday night, Banks went toe-to-toe with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, on Twitter, after he expressed his dislike for her beef with Angel Haze and for her apparently not wanting to work…

  5. A$AP Mob's 'Lord$ Never Worry' Mixtape: Listen

    August 28, 2012 6:00 PM EDT As promised by A$AP Rocky , the A$AP Mob -- which includes A$AP Twelvy, A$AP Yams and A$AP Ferg, among others -- deliver their mixtape, "Lord$ Never Worry," today (August 28). During the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival, A$AP Mob's A$AP Ferg told Billboard that everybody in the…

  6. Exclusive: ?uestlove Announces Okayplayer Records Relaunch & New Danny! & Young Guru Albums

    August 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Today ?uestlove of The Roots announced the formal re-launch of his label Okayplayer Records after an 8-year hiatus. The digital-only label's first releases are by Atlanta-based rapper and producer Danny! and recording engineer Young Guru Danny!'s "Payback" is slated to…

  7. Listen: Kanye West's Five Best GOOD Friday Songs

    April 06, 2012 1:00 PM EDT On Friday (Apr. 6) -- the actual Good Friday holiday -- Kanye West revived his GOOD Friday release series , which features a new single posted online every Friday as a free giveaway to the rapper's rabid fans, with "Mercy," a new track featuring 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Pusha T.…

  8. Jim Jones Arrested After Casino Brawl

    February 26, 2012 12:05 PM EST Rapper Jim Jones was arrested Saturday in a brawl that broke out after a party hosted by Sean "Diddy" Combs at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, police said. A total of five people were charged in the fight that started after 2 a.m. in the foyer of the MGM Grand casino, where Combs…

  9. A$AP Rocky Talks Upcoming Projects, $3 Million Deal & A$AP WorldWide Signings

    November 04, 2011 3:45 PM EDT "My mixtape is better than a lot of people's albums," A$AP Rocky declares two days after the release of his much-anticipated mixtape debut, Live Love A$AP (Oct. 31). Before signing a $3 million deal with RCA-distributed Polo Grounds Music-and before the notable co-signs ( Lil…

  10. 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…

  11. Jim Jones Pleads Guilty to Driving with Suspended License

    October 07, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Jim Jones pleaded guilty Thursday (Oct. 6) to driving his Bentley with a suspended license. The rapper and actor, whose "We Fly High" peaked at No. 5 on the Hot 100 chart, admitted to a traffic misdemeanor and was fined $200. Jim Jones, born Joseph Jones, was pulled over March 30,…

  12. Four-Play: Beyonce Says 'Move Your Body,' Nicki Minaj Teases 'Super Bass,' & More

    April 27, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Beyoncé "moves her body" for a good cause, Consequence readies the world for "trouble," Nicki Minaj teases us for less than 30 minutes, and Cam'Ron and Vado teach the ladies swag 101. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime. Consequence - "The World is…

  13. Billboard Bits: Rihanna Talks Chris Brown Restraining Order, Miley Cyrus Disses Rebecca Black

    March 30, 2011 6:04 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna on Chris Brown: 'We Don't Have to Talk Ever Again in My Life' In her Rolling Stone cover story, Rihanna reveals why she agreed to loosen the stipulations of a restraining order against ex…

  14. Rapper Tru Life Gets Eight Years In Prison For Fatal NYC Stabbing

    March 18, 2011 11:28 AM EDT Tru Life, a rapper once being promoted as a rising star at a label run by Jay-Z was sentenced Wednesday (March 16) to eight years in prison for taking part in a deadly attack on a man he said he didn't mean to harm. Video: Tru Life, "New New York" Born Robert Rosado, Tru Life…

  15. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Lupe Fiasco Defies Radio

    March 17, 2011 3:56 PM EDT It's all about Lupe Fiasco this week as his often-delayed "Lasers" opens atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and the Billboard 200 with 204,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, his first No. 1 on either chart, was originally slated for a late 2009 release but…

  16. The Juice Hits 'Breakout Kings,' 'Love & Hip-Hop' Premieres

    March 03, 2011 11:49 AM EST For the first time in a while, The Juice hit the streets of New York last night (March 2) for a couple of industry events, including A&E's "Breakout Kings" and VH1's "Love & Hip-Hop" premieres, and let's just say there were some noteworthy things…

  17. Billboard Bits: New Katy Perry Song Leaks, Cee Lo Working with Gwyneth Paltrow

    December 30, 2010 6:08 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. New Katy Perry Song, 'Part of Me,' Hits the Web "Part of Me," a new dance track from Katy Perry , made a splash on YouTube when it leaked online yesterday (Dec. 29). "You're not gonna…

  18. Vado, Cam, Jim Jones Added To Kanye West's 'Harlem' Song

    December 16, 2010 11:57 AM EST A new Kanye West song titled "Christmas In Harlem" hit the net yesterday (Dec. 15). Today, a new version of it surfaced, and this time it features one-time nemesis Cam'ron and Jim Jones as well as Cam'ron protege Vado. Big Sean, Pusha T and Musiq also appear on the track.…

  19. Ghostface Killah's 'Apollo Kids' Track-By-Track

    December 15, 2010 6:00 PM EST After releasing offbeat R&B exploration "Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City" last year, Wu-Tang Clan MC Ghostface Killah returns to creating pummeling street rap with "Apollo Kids," his ninth studio album set for a Dec. 21 release. Taking its title from a…

  20. Wiz Khalifa's "Black & Yellow" And Four Other Hot Football Fight Songs

    October 13, 2010 2:15 PM EDT Pittsburgh MC Wiz Khalifa 's new single "Black & Yellow" gave the rapper his first single on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart when it debuted at No. 99 last week. While the song is making its mark on radio, the 23-year-old rapper has bigger plans for the track, telling MTV…

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