1. Eminem, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2': Track-By-Track Review

    November 04, 2013 12:15 PM EST Eminem’s demons are as present on “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” as they were on its 2000 predecessor -- except 13 years later, they have mutated from being his prey to now being his muse. Familiar affairs  — revenge, resentment and heartbreak — re-emerge as heavy-breathing voices which…

  2. Soul Train Awards Go Bigger for 2013, Promise '100% Live' Acts: 'No Tracks Here'

    November 04, 2013 4:44 AM EST Producers of the Soul Train Awards are prepping their biggest event yet. The 2013 edition of the urban music celebration takes place on Nov. 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas (it airs Dec. 1 on BET), where a new venue promises a grander, two-stage production worthy of the marquee names…

  3. Fredo Santana Debuts Kendrick Lamar-Assisted Song, 'Jealous': Listen

    October 31, 2013 4:12 PM EDT Fredo Santana continues to hustle independently. The Glory Boyz Entertainment rapper – who's yet to sign to a major label – releases a malicious collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, "Jealous." Both rappers dive into their paranoia and woes of stardom on the Tarentino …

  4. Lady Gaga, Macklemore and Luke Bryan to Perform at AMAs

    October 31, 2013 12:40 PM EDT Lady Gaga, Luke Bryan, Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have joined the lineup of performers for the upcoming American Music Awards , set for Nov. 24 on ABC. Both acts will be making their AMA debuts. Previously announced performers include One Direction, Florida Georgia Line…

  5. Eminem Debuts Rihanna-Assisted Song, 'The Monster': Listen

    October 28, 2013 5:20 PM EDT A week before the release of "Marshall Mathers LP 2" (Nov. 5), Eminem premieres the album's Rihanna-assisted collaboration, "The Monster" on SiriusXM's Shade 45. While Eminem raps about his "Monster" haunting him, Rihanna embraces hers. The…

  6. Eminem, Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Heading Down Under for ‘Rapture’ Stadium Tour

    October 21, 2013 12:54 AM EDT Eminem is heading back Down Under. And this time, he’s bringing Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole with him. The rap superstar will headline four stadium shows next February. The run will open with Eminem's first-ever date in New Zealand (Auckland, Feb. 15), before visiting each of Australia’s…

  7. Kanye West Brings Out Jesus Look-Alike On 'Yeezus' Tour

    October 20, 2013 1:13 PM EDT Check out footage from the 'Yeezus' tour courtesy of DONDA Creative Director, Virgil Abloh. Kanye West kicked off his 'Yeezus' tour in Seattle, WA last night (Saturday, Oct. 19) and as always, left people talking. The show, which reportedly started two hours late due to…

  8. A Tribe Called Quest's 'Yeezus' Shows Will Reportedly Be Their Last

    October 16, 2013 5:38 PM EDT Yesterday (Oct. 15), Kanye West revealed that Pusha T and A Tribe Called Quest will be joining him on the "Yeezus" tour. Pusha will perform with 'Ye in Las Vegas, NV show on Oct. 25. A Tribe Called Quest will perform at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Nov. 20 and at…

  9. Kendrick Lamar Throws Down on Drake, Basically Everyone Else in BET Cypher: Watch

    October 15, 2013 10:35 PM EDT Ever since a preview clip of his verse at the BET Hip-Hop Awards surfaced earlier this month , perhaps the most anticipated part of the ceremony has been Kendrick Lamar's cypher in which he purportedly calls out Drake. Now that the full cypher has aired, it's clear Lamar…

  10. Eminem's New 'Rap God' Song Leaks

    October 14, 2013 5:38 PM EDT Eminem follows up his successful single, "Berzerk," with his latest, "Rap God." The six-minute song features Em' spitting rapid rhymes on reigning rap. Listen to "Rap God" below: The rapper teased the release of "Rap God" on Facebook with a post…

  11. Eminem Reveals 'MMLP2' Tracklist

    October 10, 2013 9:50 PM EDT Not to be outdone by Lady Gaga's similar announcement earlier in the day, Eminem released the tracklist for his new album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," late Thursday (Oct. 10). The tracklist for "MMLP2" reveals a few collaborations the rapper created for the new…

  12. Justin Timberlake Crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart Again

    October 10, 2013 7:10 PM EDT Just six months after “The 20/20 Experience” first reached No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (on its way to a 10-week reign), Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)” debuts atop the chart with 350,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The last time an artist posted two…

  13. Kendrick Lamar Subtly Disses Drake In 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher

    October 03, 2013 12:14 PM EDT "Nothing's been the same since they dropped 'Control.'" "Nothing's been the same since they dropped 'Control,'" Kendrick Lamar raps during Top Dawg Entertainment's cypher at the 2013 BET Awards, which airs on Tuesday, October 15 at 8pm…

  14. 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar Shine At 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 29, 2013 4:30 PM EDT On Saturday afternoon (Sept 28), the BET Hip-Hop Awards commenced at Atlanta’s Civic Center for another year of cyphers, performances and fashion faux pas. The energy could be felt from the red carpet as stars like Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, this year's host Snoop Dogg and more made their…

  15. Robin Thicke Ties Record Run at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    September 19, 2013 6:01 PM EDT With a 15th week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) ties the Nielsen-era record for the chart's longest No. 1 run. Since the chart migrated to monitored airplay by Nielsen BDS and SoundScan sales data in December…

  16. Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Kendrick Lamar To Headline Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival

    September 19, 2013 3:25 AM EDT Imagine Dragon's Wayne "Wing" Sermon remembered hearing all the childhood stories drummer Daniel Platzman used to tell about the Music Midtown Festival. "He made it seem like an epic thing," said Sermon, the guitarist of the four-man rock group. They're among…

  17. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

  18. J. Cole Returns To No. 1 On Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Chart

    September 17, 2013 4:17 PM EDT In its 12th week on Billboard's Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop radio airplay chart, J. Cole's "Crooked Smile" (featuring TLC) steps 2-1 to mark his second chart-topper on the list. Prior single "Power Trip" (featuring Miguel) was the rapper's first song to…

  19. Rock The Bells 2013: Eazy-E's Hologram Takes Over Day 1

    September 08, 2013 10:58 AM EDT Hip-hop newcomers, veterans, and even the deceased, aligned for this year's Rock the Bells festival returning back to the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA Saturday (Sept. 7). With more than two dozen acts on the bill, day one was all about shuffling between three stages…

  20. Eminem Goes Old School in 'Berzerk' Teaser

    September 07, 2013 10:30 PM EDT Eminem premiered a teaser clip of his new video for "Berzerk," the Detroit rapper's first single in two-and-a-half years, on the ESPN broadcast of the Michigan-Notre Dame college football game Saturday night (Sept. 7). Appearing during halftime of the game on the ESPN…

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