1. 'Slam' Star Saul Williams Cast In Tupac Musical

    April 07, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Casting is in place for the world premiere of "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the Broadway musical about struggling inner-city lives, inspired by and set to the music and lyrics of rap legend Tupac Shakur. Heading the cast of the non-biographical musical drama is Saul Williams, the…

  2. Lil Jon Feels 'Great Validation' Thanks To 'Turn Down For What' Success

    April 07, 2014 3:08 PM EDT "I'm still around, I'm still doing my thing, and I've got a classic voice," says the hip-hop/dance producer. Nearly eight years after last visiting the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart as a lead act, Lil Jon returned last week with "Turn Down The What," his…

  3. Future Talks 'Honest' Album & Becoming 'A Better Man'

    April 07, 2014 2:06 PM EDT Worried about turning off rap fans, Future scratched a song with Miley Cyrus from his album. Future doesn't get caught up in the nuances of his growing fame. Despite a packed promo schedule for his second album, "Honest" (due April 22 on Freebandz/Epic), it's his future…

  4. Outkast, Fatboy Slim, Sleigh Bells & More To Perform at 2014 Mad Decent Block Party: Exclusive

    April 07, 2014 12:06 PM EDT The Mad Decent Block Party, Diplo and Co.'s annual multi-city bacchanal, is coming of age. This year the touring show will hit 22 cities, up from 13 last year and eight the year before that, and include an A+ headliner that puts it in the company of this summer's big boy festivals:…

  5. SZA Talks 'Z' Album & Being the Only Girl In Top Dawg Entertainment

    April 07, 2014 10:45 AM EDT A year ago , if you lived in New York and were running low on moisturizer, SZA might have been your girl. Back then she was working the floor at the cosmetics retail chain Sephora, "standing around with an ear piece in [and] helping people out with their face cream." Today, her job…

  6. Play Ball: Asher Roth & The Baseball Project Talk 2014 San Francisco Giants' Season

    April 06, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Asher Roth and Scott McCaughey of the Baseball Project, R.E.M. and Minus 5 rep one of Major League Baseball's strongest fan bases April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around…

  7. Eminem and Spike Lee Working Together In Detroit On 'Headlights' Music Video

    April 06, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Eminem has revealed that he'll be working with legendary film director Spike Lee on a new music video. On Saturday (April 5), the Detroit rapper tweeted , "Spike came out to The D for the 'Headlights' video... Coming soon." The tweet linked back to an Instagram…

  8. Play Ball: Asher Roth Previews Philadelphia Phillies' 2014 Season

    April 05, 2014 1:55 PM EDT This Philadelphia area native talks Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, the 1993 World Series and more April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team…

  9. Jamaica’s I-Octanes Debuts Video for 'A Yah Wi Deh,' Featuring Ky-Mani Marley: Watch

    April 05, 2014 12:00 AM EDT Throughout his nearly decade-long recording career, which accelerated into high gear in 2010, Jamaican sing-jay I-Octane has amassed a hit-filled catalog rife with vigorous dancehall anthems recorded on the latest digitized rhythms, as well as some of contemporary roots reggae’s most…

  10. RZA on His $5 Million Dollar Record: 'A Flower That's Unfolding' (Q&A)

    April 04, 2014 4:40 PM EDT The concept of the one-off, unique recording is as old as the phonograph record itself -- before mass-production, every record was by necessity a unique performance. But there's no question that Wu-Tang Clan have turned the whole idea -- as well as the entire model of creators'…

  11. Trick Daddy Arrested on Cocaine, Gun Charges

    April 04, 2014 12:32 PM EDT Trick Daddy was arrested outside Miami on Thursday night after police found cocaine and a handgun in his home. The rapper, whose real name is Maurice Young, was stopped on a "sniff warrant" by the Broward County Drug Task Force outside his house as he was getting into his car. PHOTO…

  12. Janelle Monae, M.I.A. Perform Bicoastal Hologram Duet: Watch

    April 04, 2014 8:48 AM EDT Singers M.I.A. and Janelle Monae shared the stage during separate concerts on opposite coasts through the magic of holograms. M.I.A. performed in New York with a 3-D projection of Monae Thursday night while Monae sang on the West Coast with M.I.A.'s likeness. Both artists have ideas for…

  13. Chris Brown Taken Into Custody For D.C. Case

    April 03, 2014 11:54 PM EDT Chris Brown has been taken into custody by U.S. marshals and will be transported to Washington, D.C., for an upcoming misdemeanor assault trial, an official said Thursday. Brown, 24, was turned over to marshals Wednesday at a Los Angeles jail, marshals' spokeswoman Laura Vega said. She…

  14. Chris Brown & Friends Charge Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    April 03, 2014 5:48 PM EDT Chris Brown's "Loyal" reaches a new peak on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, jumping 10-6 while taking home the chart's Digital and Streaming Gainer awards. With the third -- and seemingly final version -- of the song (featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga) being released on March 26, …

  15. Toni Braxton Cast as Darlene Love in OWN Telepic

    April 03, 2014 3:30 PM EDT The Oprah Winfrey Network announced its upfront slate on Thursday morning, making officially its plans for a first-time miniseries and finding a lead for recently announced telepic "My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story." Octavia Spencer, the "Help" Oscar winner, will…

  16. Pharrell Williams, Outkast, Stevie Wonder Set for Montreux Jazz Festival

    April 03, 2014 2:43 PM EDT The 48th edition of the Swiss festival spans two weeks at some of Montreaux's most prestigious venues Switzerland's esteemed Montreux Jazz Festival has announced the lineup for its 48th edition, and there's an impressive mix of old masters, modern buzz artists and an awful lot…

  17. Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Receives Life Sentence

    April 03, 2014 1:18 PM EDT A undeniable, yet divisive, talent, Vybz Kartel has entered into a career phase his seemingly invincible ego, as the self-designated as the World Boss, might have never envisioned: a life sentence, handed down today by Justice Lennox Campbell in Jamaica's Supreme Court. Several roads…

  18. 2 Chainz Charged With Felony for Sizzurp Arrest: Report

    April 03, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Chainz is being charged with felony drug possession ten months after his arrest, according to TMZ . In June 2013, the rapper was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for possession of Promethazine – a main ingredient in sizzurp. "At approximately 1 p.m., Airport Police…

  19. Drake Releases 'Days In The East' Song: Listen

    April 03, 2014 9:44 AM EDT Early this morning, Drake released his second song in two days, "Days in the East." Drake Samples Lauryn Hill In New Song 'Draft Day': Listen Drake changes the pace from the subliminal-charged "Draft Day" to the slow, affair-themed PARTYNEXTDOOR and Noah "40…

  20. Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Nas & More To Perform at Summer Jam 2014

    April 02, 2014 4:39 PM EDT Summer Jam 2014 is going to be big this year. Earlier today Hot 97's Angie Martinez, Miss Info, DJ Enuff and Mister Cee announced the line-up for the festival. 50 Cent, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Young Money, Trey Songz and more will grace the main stage. Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea,…

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