1. 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…

  2. Pioneering Rap Producer Larry Smith Has Died

    December 19, 2014 1:47 PM EST Sad news in the world of hip-hip -- one of rap music's pioneering producers, Larry Smith, has passed away  at the age of 63. Smith co-produced Run-D.M.C. 's incalculably influential first two albums ( Run-D.M.C. and King of Rock ) alongside Russell Simmons. Additionally, he…

  3. How Run-D.M.C. Changed the Rap Game in 1984

    October 28, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Though rap had been selling records and denting the lower reaches of the Billboard charts since 1979, it can be argued that Run-D.M.C. 's self-titled debut -- which peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard 200 on June 23 -- was the first time that real hip-hop was pressed to vinyl.  Most rap…

  4. 15 Non-Rappers Rapping: James Franco, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon & More

    April 22, 2014 4:55 PM EDT White men may not be able to jump, but that doesn't stop some of them -- or anyone else, really -- from trying to rap. News anchor Brian Williams has added Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" to an impressive resume of rap song covers (including Sugar Hill Gang's  "…

  5. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  6. Run-D.M.C.'s 'Run D.M.C.' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 27, 2014 11:08 AM EDT It's been thirty years since the release of Run-D.M.C.'s self-titled debut LP, which made its way to record stores on March 27, 1984. The album is a cultural landmark, introducing legendary rappers Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, plus their…

  7. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Baauer Continues The 'Harlem' Hit Parade

    February 22, 2013 7:05 PM EST While Baauer's new Hot 100 leader, the viral 'Harlem Shake,' encapsulates the Hot 100's evolution to include YouTube data, the New York neighborhood has a rich chart history. Baauer's "Harlem Shake" soars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 this week, as…

  9. 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 •…

  10. NBA Jams: 10 Slammin' Songs For The All-Star Game

    February 26, 2012 4:45 PM EST While fans get ready to watch Kobe, LeBron, Dwight and CP3 in Orlando, Billboard.com is offering its own stellar basketball collection: 10 basketball-themed songs and music videos that will fire up any hoops diehard. From Michael Jackson's b-ball jam to all-star tracks by Shaquille O&…

  11. Soul Train Awards 2011: Jill Scott & Cee Lo Green Win Big

    November 18, 2011 2:30 PM EST R&B, Hip-Hop and Soul legends attended the 40th anniversary taping of the 2011 Soul Train Awards in Atlanta on Thursday (Nov. 17) to celebrate "peace, love and soul." Slideshow: Soul Train Awards See Pics From the Show! Host Cedric the Entertainer opened the show at the historic…

  12. Naughty By Nature Plans Comeback With 'Anthem' Album

    March 29, 2011 11:37 AM EDT Twenty years after breaking into the mainstream with their self-titled debut album, hip-hop group Naughty by Nature will celebrate their two decade milestone by releasing their forthcoming album, "Anthem Inc," this May. "With 'Anthem Inc' we will be doing some re…

  13. Hall & Oates Bassist T-Bone Wolk Dies

    March 01, 2010 9:50 AM EST Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who played bass for nearly 30 years with Daryl Hall and John Oates and also recorded with Elvis Costello and Billy Joel, died Saturday (Feb. 27) of an apparent heart attack. Wolk was to have performed with Hall and Oates today as part of the one-year anniversary…

  14. Jingle Bell Rock ... And Pop ... And R&B ... And Country ...

    December 08, 2009 12:05 PM EST Billboard's Holiday Songs chart ranks airplay of seasonal tracks on U.S. adult contemporary radio. Because a hefty 75% of the format switches to all-holiday programming by Thanksgiving each year, the format's airplay effectively serves as the barometer for mainstream yuletide fare.…

  15. This Day in Music

    August 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - At a press conference at the United Nations Def Jam president Jay-Z announces that he will trek to several countries plagued by the world's water crisis for the MTV documentary "Diary of Jay-Z: 2006 - At a press conference at the United Nations Def Jam president Jay-Z…

  16. This Day in Music

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - At a press conference at the United Nations Def Jam president Jay-Z announces that he will trek to several countries plagued by the world's water crisis for the MTV documentary "Diary of Jay-Z: 2006 - At a press conference at the United Nations Def Jam president Jay-Z…

  17. Sharpton Marches For 'Decency' In Rap Lyrics

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Prompted by calls to censor the words "bitch," "ho" and the "N word" from hip-hop music, National Action Network founder Reverend Al Sharpton and Director of Decency Tamika Mallory led a demonstration Prompted by calls to censor the words "bitch," "…

  18. This Day in Music

    August 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1987 - </b>No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," U2. The album "The Joshua Tree" is U2's first top 10 album in the U.S.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2002 - Alicia Keys is…

  19. This Day in Music

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1987 - </b>No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," U2. The album "The Joshua Tree" is U2's first top 10 album in the U.S.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2002 - Alicia Keys is…

  20. B&E: Gucci Mane

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Gucci Mane. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. Atlanta newcomer Gucci Mane isn't the first rapper to be accused of murder. But…

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