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. Lotus' 'Build' LP The First of Three New Albums

    February 08, 2013 11:40 AM EST A hip-hop-flavored collection will follow the February album later this year. Lotus' upcoming "Build" is just the tip of the iceberg as far as new music coming from the electronic-oriented jam band. Keyboardist-guitarist Luke Miller tells Billboard that thanks to a relatively…

  3. Galactic Enlists New Orleans Legends For 'Ya-Ka-May'

    December 03, 2009 9:31 AM EST New Orleans' multi-tasking funk outfit Galactic is set to return on Feb. 9, 2010 with its sixth studio album, entitled "Ya-Ka-May." The 15 song set is the group's second for Anti- and features numerous collaborations, including New Orleans staples Irma Thomas , Allen…

  4. Francis Kicks It Up A Notch On Summer Tour

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie rapper Sage Francis, a self-declared "road warrior," will embark on a seven-week U.S. club/theater trek later this month in support of his latest album, "Human the Death Dance," released yesterd Indie rapper Sage Francis, a self-declared "road warrior,"…

  5. Nas, Roots, Mos Def Bolster Rock The Bells Lineup

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nas has jumped on the board the traveling Rock the Bells festival this summer, where he will share the stage with the Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against The Machine and others. Nas has jumped on the board the traveling Rock the Bells festival this summer, where he will share the stage with the Wu…

  6. Billboard Bits: Music Nation, Tha Dogg Pound, Galactic

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nelly, the Game, Good Charlotte's Joel and Benji Madden and producer Jonathan "J.R." Rotem have signed on as judges for Music Nation's previously announced online video competition for a global record Nelly, the Game, Good Charlotte's Joel and Benji Madden and…

  7. Billboard Bits: UGK, 'Arthur And The Invisibles' & More

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Originally due Dec. 19 via Jive, rap duo UGK's long-awaited new album, "U.G.K. Underground Kingz," has been pushed back to Feb. 27. Originally due Dec. 19 via Jive, rap duo UGK's long-awaited new album, "U.G.K. Underground Kingz," has been pushed back to Feb. 27.…

  8. Pitchfork Music Festival / July 29-30, 2006 / Chicago (Union Park)

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT On the scorching hot first day of Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival, there was one band that was able to inspire an audience clap-along without any prodding from the stage. That band was Britain's Ar On the scorching hot first day of Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival, there…

  9. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    June 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Busta Rhymes strikes back on Dr. Dre's label, Sonic Youth slims down to a quartet, the Replacements quit arguing and record some new songs and "Dead Man Walking" is reborn in this week's Hot Product. The Billy Joel concert souvenir "12 Gardens Live" (Columbia),…

  10. El-P Drafts Reznor, Mars Volta For New Album

    June 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Indie hip-hop heavyweight El-P has secured guest spots from Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and the Mars Volta for his new album, "I'll Sleep When You're Dead." Indie hip-hop heavyweight El-P has secured guest spots from Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and the…

  11. Cut Chemist Finds New 'Audience' On Solo Debut

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Former Jurassic 5 DJ Cut Chemist steps out for his first solo outing with "The Audience's Listening," due July 11 via Warner Bros. Former Jurassic 5 DJ Cut Chemist steps out for his first solo outing with "The Audience's Listening," due July 11 via Warner Bros.…

  12. Definitive Jux Launches Download Store

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT As major labels quietly lobby Apple to bring variable pricing to its iTunes store, some indies are taking matters into their own hands. As major labels quietly lobby Apple to bring variable pricing to its iTunes store, some indies are taking matters into their own hands. Last week, New York…

  13. ASAMOV, "And Now..."

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Yeah, Snoop popped up all over town throughout Super Bowl week, but for the most part, Jacksonville, Fla., does not enjoy a particularly thick hip-hop history: the last big-time MC to come out of its Yeah, Snoop popped up all over town throughout Super Bowl week, but for the most part,…

  14. Billboard Bits: Hill/Legend, Howard Stern, STS9

    August 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Hill/Legend, Howard Stern, STS9 Lauryn Hill makes her first recorded appearance since her 2002 album "MTV Unplugged 2.0" on a remix of John Legend's "So High." The track was released to U.S. radio outlets last weekend and has begun picking airplay in New York,…

  15. Billboard Bits: Puddle Of Mudd, The Roots, Warp

    November 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Puddle Of Mudd, The Roots, Warp Puddle Of Mudd will guest on the debut episode of music video network Fuse's "7th Avenue Drop." Premiering Tuesday (Nov. 25), the show aims to feature interviews and performances by major artists in Fuse's street-front New York…

  16. Breaking & Entering

    October 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Peaches, Aesop Rock and Give Up The Ghost. DIRTY PEACHES: There's an element of performance art in the sex-obsessed electro-rap of Peaches. In concert she dresses like a Hooters waitress trapped in 1984…

  17. Billboard Bits: Gracin, Mike Gordon, More Than Music

    June 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Joshua Gracin, Mike Gordon, More Than Music "American Idol 2" finalist Joshua Gracin will not take part in the show's upcoming 39-city North American tour , due to military training commitments. Gracin, a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marines, was the fourth runner-up in…

  18. Tunes On TV

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for June 23-29, 2003. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 23 CMT News Special: "Natalie vs. Toby: Both Sides of the War," CMT Featured Artists: Dixie Chicks, Toby Keith. "An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre," ABC…

  19. Breaking & Entering

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Aceyalone, Rob Dougan and !!! A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. REVEALING AN ACE: Socially aware underground rapper Aceyalone has built a…

  20. Breaking & Entering

    May 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Goldfrapp, New Pornographers, Prefuse 73, and Tomahawk. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. GOLD RECORD: Goldfrapp 's 2000 debut "Felt…

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