1. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Arrested in South Africa for Violating Local Immigration Laws

    January 15, 2016 11:00 AM EST Mos Def  was arrested in South Africa for violating local immigration laws, the Department of Home Affairs confirmed to  Billboard . He has 14 days to leave to the country.  The 43-year-old rapper, who goes by the name Yasiin Bey, was arrested at Cape Town International Airport on Thursday …

  2. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Talks Kanye, Drake & Caitlyn Jenner at First Standup Show

    August 05, 2015 8:48 PM EDT Yasiin Bey, the rapper-actor-activist formerly known as Mos Def , is now trying his hand at standup comedy.  Bey had his first ever public stand up show at Montreal's Phi Centre Tuesday night and, as Cult Montreal reports, his "Happy Birthday! Shut up." show was filled with…

  3. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Joined Kendrick Lamar for 'Alright' Performance at Osheaga

    August 03, 2015 1:53 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar has been full of surprises this year. He was at it again during his headlining set at the  Osheaga  fest over the weekend, where the rapper introduced Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def , on stage for an impromptu collab on his single "Alright," lifted from the album To Pimp a…

  4. Billboard Cover: Sam Smith, Mark Ronson and More on Amy Winehouse's Lasting Legacy, Tragic End and Eye-Opening New Documentary

    June 26, 2015 9:00 AM EDT One day in November 2005, Amy Winehouse sat in a car with her friend and co-manager Nick Shymansky, winding through the English countryside toward a rehab center. The singer’s drinking had been getting out of control, Shymansky remembers, and he felt she needed help. When they…

  5. A$AP Rocky's New Album Gets Early Release

    May 26, 2015 2:30 AM EDT A$AP Rocky’s trippy year has just peaked with the surprise release overnight of his new album, At.Long.Last.ASAP. The Harlem rapper’s sophomore set was originally slated to drop on June 2, but he alerted his fans of the quick release with a pair of tweets overnight.  A$AP Rocky Delivers A Non…

  6. 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. …

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. The Seed: Jhene Aiko, The Bullitts, ScHoolboy Q

    March 24, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Despite the huge releases by the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and Robin Thicke earlier this week, rising artists made a splash on the 'net with their own. Jhené Aiko celebrated her 25th birthday with the release of the soulful, introspective, "Everything Must Go.…

  11. NBA Players' Favorite Music: Iman Shumpert, J.J. Redick, Corey Brewer

    December 25, 2012 11:05 AM EST From A$AP to Milo Greene, check out what three basketball stars and their team mates are listening to lately. Christmas is always one of the most special days on the NBA calendar: with five marquee match-ups taking place on Tuesday (Dec. 25), basketball fans are gifted a full day of high…

  12. Report: G.O.O.D. Music's 'Cruel Summer' Pushed Back

    August 16, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Is mid-September still considered summer? Welp, for G.O.O.D. Music it is. The label's compilation album, "Cruel Summer," has reportedly been pushed back. Amazon has the album slated for September 18. Malik Yusef, longtime friend and contributor to Kanye West projects, says …

  13. Exclusive: ?uestlove Announces Okayplayer Records Relaunch & New Danny! & Young Guru Albums

    August 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Today ?uestlove of The Roots announced the formal re-launch of his label Okayplayer Records after an 8-year hiatus. The digital-only label's first releases are by Atlanta-based rapper and producer Danny! and recording engineer Young Guru Danny!'s "Payback" is slated to…

  14. Mara Hruby Video Premiere: 'Alright'

    July 16, 2012 3:25 PM EDT If you have yet to listen to the soulful sounds of Mara Hruby, we recommend you do so as soon as possible. The gifted songstress from Oakland, Calif., delivered a passionate EP, "From Her Eyes," last year, which is laced with covers she recorded, arranged and engineered herself. One…

  15. Roots Picnic 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    June 03, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Now in its fifth year, the Roots Picnic is fast becoming a staple of Philadelphia's rich musical culture. This year marked the first time the festival was expanded to two days (Sat. Jun. 2-Sun. Jun. 3), with acts like De La Soul , Diplo , and Kid Cudi among the biggest names. The line-up…

  16. Chart Juice: B.o.B Earns R&B/Hip-Hop Albums No. 1

    May 10, 2012 2:30 PM EDT B.o.B debuts his sophomore album, "Strange Clouds," at the No. 1 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 76,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The No. 1 launch mirrors the debut of his first album, "B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray," which premiered…

  17. Jay-Z Returning to South by Southwest

    March 07, 2012 10:55 AM EST J ay-Z will be performing at South by Southwest for the second year in a row. The MC has teamed up with American Express for the "Amex Sync Show," which will air live from SXSW at Austin City Limits on March 12 at 7 p.m. CST -- the show will be live-streamed on YouTube and will be…

  18. A Day In The Life of B.o.B

    November 30, 2011 4:00 PM EST "I don't remember everything from last night… I just woke up with a scarf around my neck," B.o.B tells his camp and Billboard.com's The Juice Tuesday (Nov. 29) as we follow the rapper for our Day in the Life series. "A fur scarf," B.o.B.'s co-manager, TJ…

  19. B.o.B Releases 'E.P.I.C.' Mixtape

    November 29, 2011 11:19 AM EST In anticipation of his sophomore album, "Strange Clouds," B.o.B has released a new 15-track mixtape. "E.P.I.C.," which stands for "Every Play Is Crucial," hit the web on Monday (Nov. 28). The tape features guest appearances by T.I. and Mos Def on "Boom Bap,…

  20. CMJ 2011: 15 Things That Will Rock

    October 18, 2011 1:40 PM EDT Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to… find the next great buzz band? Indie enthusiasts have ascended upon New York City this week for the annual CMJ Music Marathon, which kicks off today (Oct. 18) and runs through Saturday. Will the proverbial "they" find…

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