1. Aussie MC Remi Discusses His Music 'Education,' New Tunes & Mike Tyson

    February 27, 2015 3:39 AM EST Remi Kolawole might just be the artist to prove Australia is more than a one hip-hop wonder. The charismatic 23-year-old MC (he performs as Remi ) is one of Australia's hottest properties right now, and that's no hype. The Melbourne artist earned the "next big thing" tag…

  2. 'Furious 7' Soundtrack Launches With 7 Singles

    February 17, 2015 10:00 AM EST Two singles from the soundtrack to Furious 7 are being released today (Feb. 17) as Atlantic Records starts a roll-out of seven tracks prior to the March 17 release of Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack . Among the eight new recordings and two previously unreleased remixes are two…

  3. Questlove: 'Fear of Being Blackballed' Prevents Artists From Releasing Protest Music

    December 23, 2014 8:03 PM EST Neil Young was so shaken by photos of the four unarmed students killed by military gunfire at Kent State that he wrote "Ohio" for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young right away. By the end of the week, it was playing on the radio. That was 1970. Now, in 2014, outrage over police…

  4. Jon Stewart Mocks Fox News' Sean Hannity Over Clumsy Jay Z Jab

    December 18, 2014 10:25 AM EST Fox News anchor Sean Hannity had a very Fox News moment recently, criticizing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for associating with Jay Z . It wasn’t just that Cuomo was agreeing with Jay Z in calling out the Staten Island grand jury that didn’t indict an NYPD officer for the chokehold death…

  5. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Speaks on Eric Garner, Ferguson, 'Upheaval From A Global Perspective'

    December 14, 2014 7:27 PM EST "Where are we? We’re at critical time. We’re at watershed moment for humanity," says Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def , delivering a nearly four minute thought piece on the this country's state of affairs and the continued killing of unarmed African Americans by police and otherwise. …

  6. Talib Kweli to Lauryn Hill Critics: 'Get Over Yourself'

    September 29, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Talib Kweli has some advice for people expressing negative feelings about Lauryn Hill : "If you have a negative experience at her concert, go home, put on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and the next time she does come through your town, don’t go to her concert. Problem solved."…

  7. Beats Music Releases 'Do the Right Thing' Doc

    August 15, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Apple's Beats Music has created a new documentary for the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing that reunites director Spike Lee with several members of the landmark film's cast and crew, and returns fans to the Brooklyn street it all made famous. Do the Right Thing 25 Anniversary:…

  8. Action Bronson Cruises to No. 2 on Trending Chart With 'Easy Rider'

    August 04, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Queens native Action Bronson stormed the real-time Billboard Trending 140 chart Monday morning (Aug. 4) with his just-released track "Easy Rider." The song was premiered on WQHT New York (Hot 97) the night before by DJ Peter Rosenberg, and the conversation that ensued on Twitter…

  9. Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer, Dead at 70

    June 27, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul singer Bobby Womack, whose music was covered by, among others, the Rolling Stones, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack's label XL Recordings confirmed the news of his passing this morning to The Hollywood Reporter. He was suffering from…

  10. D'Angelo's Voodoo Still Transfixing at Red Bull Music Academy: Review

    May 22, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Over 14 years after his last album, the seminal neo-soul text, "Voodoo," defined an era, D'Angelo sauntered on stage in a classroom-sized theater at the Brooklyn Museum – as if he hadn't been gone a day. His signature cornrows dangled beneath a black fedora, cocked to the…

  11. From Blur to 'Bots: Damon Albarn's 15 Defining Music Moments

    April 25, 2014 5:54 PM EDT As Damon Albarn gets set to release his first proper solo album, "Everyday Robots," it's easy to forget how versatile and eclectic he's been over the course of his career. Sure he's been at the forefront of Britpop and found crossover success in the U.S. with Blur,…

  12. Jill Scott Talks 'The Voice,' James Brown Biopic and New Album

    February 18, 2014 9:30 AM EST Tapped as guest mentor for Team Usher on the sixth season of NBC's "The Voice" -- which kicks off Feb. 24 -- Jill Scott has also been busy juggling two other major projects: a co-starring role in the James Brown biopic "Get On Up" and a new album for Atlantic. Given…

  13. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the late 90s and early aughts, before the world ever really knew who he was, Kanye West was merely just a record producer. He cut his teeth ghost-producing tracks for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Diddy's Hitmen production team, and turned his uncredited work…

  14. Early Kanye West Videos: Never-Before-Seen ‘College Dropout’ Footage (Exclusive)

    February 07, 2014 2:56 PM EST Directors Coodie & Chike give Billboard a look at exclusive footage from Kanye's early days. "The College Dropout" introduced a relentless rapper, Kanye West, with extravagant musical and visual ideas. Two men that filled in the bubble that is West's vision were…

  15. Fashion Week: 10 Epic Music Moments

    February 05, 2014 9:54 AM EST With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week taking over New York City Thursday (Feb. 6), we dug through the archives and stitched together a list of 10 legendary moments where music and fashion converged during fashion weeks the world over. As was proved last fall during Spring 2014 shows, when…

  16. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  17. Ronny Jordan, Jazz Guitarist, Dead at 51

    January 14, 2014 9:05 PM EST The musician was a leading player in the acid jazz movement Ronny Jordan, a guitarist and leading player in the acid jazz movement of the '80s and '90s, has died. He was 51. The guitarist's death was confirmed on Facebook today (Jan. 14) after Jordan's siblings set up a…

  18. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Protests Guantanamo Force-Feeding In Chilling Video

    July 08, 2013 2:02 PM EDT Warning: Some viewers may find the following video to be disturbing Yasiin Bey -- the artist formerly known as Mos Def -- is going to gut-wrenching measures to raise awareness of the controversial treatment of prisoners in the Guantanamo Bay detention center. In the video above, directed by…

  19. Mariah Carey Scores 27th Top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Hit, Fourth-Most For a Woman

    May 16, 2013 7:27 PM EDT With a 39-7 catapult on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, "#Beautiful," featuring Miguel, becomes the 27th top 10 hit for Mariah Carey. The singer was previously tied with Whitney Houston for the fourth-most top 10s all-time for a female but now claims the position all to herself. Ahead…

  20. The Seed: Young Jeezy, Danny Brown, Yasiin Bey and More

    April 08, 2013 11:54 AM EDT Fresh off his signing to Cash Money Records earlier this month, T.Rone releases the remix to his breakout hit “Hello Love (F.U.),” featuring Juicy J, Jim Jones, Fat Joe & Raheem DeVaughn. The song currently sits at No. 39 in its fifth week on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and will…

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