1. 4/20 Songs: 20 Smokin' Tunes About Weed

    April 20, 2014 9:50 AM EDT It's hard to imagine that Bob Dylan, Three 6 Mafia and Toby Keith have much in common, but all three artists understand the power of a classic stoner track. Marijuana has served as the inspiration for classic cuts in rock, hip-hop, pop, and of course, reggae, and is still influencing…

  2. ScHoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 12:13 PM EST On his 2012 independent release "Habits & Contradictions," ScHoolboy Q was dangerous -- and not in the boasting-about-your-guns type of way, but in the I-love-drunk-driving type of way. He was fiendish and self-sabotaging, sinking into the simple indulgences of sex, money…

  3. Pac Div's 'Sneakerboxes': Song Premiere

    December 03, 2012 2:05 PM EST '[It's] a message to the nosy people who wonder how much money we make,' Mibbs on 'Sneakerboxes.' Pac Div has proudly represented the West Coast from the birth of its career, and has done so independently. But being a successful independent artist comes with folks who…

  4. E-40 Preps Too Short Collaborative Album, Launches New Online Store

    October 23, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Months after the release of his album trilogy, "The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1, 2, & 3 " (March 24), E-40 is on to his next project. The West Coast rapper is prepping a double-LP collaborative project with Too $hort , titled "The History Channel." The 34…

  5. Kendrick Lamar: The Story Behind 'good kid, m.A.A.d city'

    October 22, 2012 4:45 PM EDT It's a Tuesday evening in early October and Kendrick Lamar just dozed off in the back of a black mini coach. He's got a black Top Dawg Entertainment hooded sweatshirt pulled low over his eyes as the inexplicable in-car entertainment, a live recording of the Blue Man Group, dances…

  6. BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012: Chris Lighty Tribute, Cyphers & Winners

    October 10, 2012 8:50 AM EDT More than a week after the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards were taped in Atlanta, the annual show honoring the best in rap aired Tuesday night (October 9). The show started off strong with a performance by Wiz Khalifa . After rocking his single, "Work Hard, Play Hard," Wiz was joined by…

  7. Coachella 2012: 10 Best Performances of Both Weekends

    April 23, 2012 11:35 AM EDT This year, Southern California got two Coachellas for the price of one. The unprecedented model of having identical festivals on consecutive weekends not only meant that more fans got to have fun in the blazing sun, it also gave the artists two chances to bring their A-game to the desert. Set…

  8. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    April 16, 2012 11:20 AM EDT "Tupac Hologram" were the two words on everyone's lips as Weekend 1 of Coachella 2012 came to a close, but the third day of the festival was more than just the projected image of a legendary, long-deceased rapper during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's headlining set. The two…

  9. Billboard Bits: Thom Yorke Pairs With MF Doom, Bob Geldof Rails Against 'Glee'

    March 17, 2011 7:19 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Thom Yorke 'Probably' Making An Album With Rapper MF Doom Radiohead's Thom Yorke , fresh off his band's new "The King of Limbs" release, may have another project in the works -- this…

  10. Billboard Bits: Phil Collins Possibly Retiring, 'Spider-Man' Slapped with New Violations

    March 04, 2011 6:00 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Phil Collins Retiring from Music? Former Genesis drummer and solo star Phil Collins has indicated that he is calling it quits from music. The 60-year-old has hearing problems and nerve damage in his hands, and says…

  11. Kurupt, "Streetlights"

    April 30, 2010 3:58 PM EDT Riding high on the critical success of "BlaQKout," his 2009 collaboration with DJ Quik , rapper Kurupt called on his West Coast brethren to help him maintain the momentum with "Streetlights," his first solo album since 2001. Kurupt uses the spotlight to contemplate his…

  12. Murs & 9th Wonder, "Fornever"

    April 30, 2010 3:49 PM EDT While guest appearances on "Fornever"--the third collaboration between West Coast underground veteran Murs and ubiquitous former Little Brother producer 9th Wonder --include rappers Kurupt and Suga Free , both known for their gangster chops, Murs' subject matter is divided…

  13. Death Row Back To Life With Publishing Deal, New Releases

    June 19, 2009 9:08 AM EDT Music publisher EverGreen, which owns the catalogs of 2 Live Crew, Third Eye Blind, MC Hammer, Tupac Shakur and others, has signed a deal with WIDEawake, the Canada-based development company that acquired the assets of Death Row Records earlier this year, to be the worldwide administration…

  14. Snoop Dogg Tells His 'Story'

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Snoop Dogg filmed a performance last night (March 13) for VH1's "Storytellers," backed by a 14-piece band and two DJs. Backed by a 14-piece band and two DJs, rapper Snoop Dogg filmed a performance for VH1's "Storytellers" last night (March 13). Among the…

  15. Snoop Dogg / March 13, 2008 / New York (Steiner Studios)

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Backed by a 14-piece band and two DJs, rapper Snoop Dogg filmed a performance for VH1's "Storytellers" last night (March 13). Backed by a 14-piece band and two DJs, rapper Snoop Dogg filmed a performance for VH1's "Storytellers" last night (March 13). Among the…

  16. N.O.R.E. Readies Two New Albums, Capone Collab

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After a reggaeton turn, New York-turned-Miami rapper N.O.R.E. wants "to come back to hip-hop strong" -- to the tune of three new projects. After a reggaeton turn, New York-turned-Miami rapper N.O.R.E. wants "to come back to hip-hop strong" -- to the tune of three new…

  17. Billboard Bits: Grand National, N.O.R.E., Molotov & More

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Grand National concluded a week's worth of shows and appearances with an acoustic gig last night (June 26) at New York's Joe's Pub. U.K. rock act Grand National concluded a week's worth of shows and appearances with an acoustic gig last night (June 26) at New…

  18. NORE Snag Swizz Beatz, Pharrell For Indie Album

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After testing the reggaeton waters with last year's "N.O.R.E. Y La Familia... Ya Tu Sabe," Queens rapper NORE is going back to basics with "Global Warming 11368," which he will release independently i After testing the reggaeton waters with last year's "N.O…

  19. Snoop Dogg Helms 'Big Squeeze' Compilation

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Snoop Dogg is at the helm of a new compilation, "The Big Squeeze," due April 24 via Doggy Style Records/Koch. Snoop Dogg is at the helm of a new compilation, "The Big Squeeze," due April 24 via Doggy Style Records/Koch. Snoop is credited as a producer on 16 of the 19 songs…

  20. Xzibit Gets Positive, Political On 'Full Circle'

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Originally due Sept. 19, rapper Xzibit's new album, "Full Circle," will now arrive Oct. 17. Originally due Sept. 19, rapper Xzibit's new album, "Full Circle," will now arrive Oct. 17. As previously reported , the set will be issued by his new label, Open Bar…

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