1. Paul Wall & Baby Bash Avoid Indictment on Drug Charge

    March 21, 2017 6:12 PM EDT A grand jury has declined to indict Houston rappers Paul Wall and Baby Bash on felony drug-related charges. The Harris County jury on Tuesday (March 21) opted not to hand up indictments against Paul Michael Slayton, more broadly known as Paul Wall, and Ronald Bryant, known as Baby Bash. The…

  2. A Brief History of Hillary and Trump in Rap Music

    September 16, 2016 10:03 AM EDT Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, look back on 25 years of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton references in rap music.  1991, The Coup “The Coup” ( The Coup EP, Polemic) “We gives a f— if you’ve got money and the millions / Cause motherf—er we’ve got a posse in the billions / Break…

  3. Houston Rappers Remember DJ Screw, 15 Years After His Death

    November 16, 2015 3:30 PM EST It's been 15 years since the death of Houston legend and chopped and screwed innovator DJ Screw , who died in his recording studio on Nov. 16, 2000 from a reported codeine overdose. But in that decade and a half, Screw's legacy has grown significantly as Houston's MCs and hip…

  4. Yelawolf & Travis Barker Team Up for Genre-Bending 'Psycho White' EP

    November 09, 2012 12:00 PM EST Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and Alabama rapper Yelawolf certainly share some passions: hip-hop; tattoos; fast, aggressive music; and fashion -- Yelawolf runs his own line, Country Fresh, through Barker's Famous Stars and Straps brand. Until recently, the artists also shared an…

  5. 2 Chainz Rocks NYC, Unofficially Announces Def Jam Signing

    January 31, 2012 3:05 PM EST Taking the stage as rumors swirled about a new label deal, Georgia rapper 2 Chainz made his New York debut on Monday night (Jan. 30) with a raucous showcase at S.O.B.'s. The MC, one-half of rap duo Playaz Circle who was previously known as Tity Boi, tore into cuts like "Spend It,…

  6. Paul Wall and Baby Bash Arrested: Photo

    September 12, 2011 10:01 AM EDT Houston rappers Paul Wall and Baby Bash were arrested Sunday in El Paso, Texas on suspicion of marijuana possession. Wall (real name Paul Michael Slayton) posted a photo of himself and Bash (Ronald Ray Bryant) handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser. The pair of MCs were nabbed at 1:30 a.m…

  7. Down With the Clown: ICP Gathering of the Juggalos Diary, Day 1

    August 12, 2011 2:45 PM EDT Editor's Note: To describe the Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Juggalos as one of the more outrageous music festivals is, perhaps, an understatement. To fully grasp the infamy surrounding the fest and the entire Juggalo subculture, one must experience it. So we sent Billboard…

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Beyonce, LMFAO, Katy Perry

    July 08, 2011 1:05 PM EDT '4' SCORES: Beyonce and Adele are doing quite a number on the Billboard 200. Beyonce's new leader "4" roars in at No. 1, a spot above Adele's former 10-week topper "21." Despite the titles' lock on the Billboard 200's top two spots, just nine…

  9. Exclusive: Chamillionaire Parts Ways With Universal

    January 13, 2011 4:46 PM EST After many public gripes with Universal Records, Texas rapper Chamillionaire has finally parted ways with the label. According to Chamillionaire, the label wanted to make him more"pop" and wanted him to recreate his biggest hit to date,"Ridin Dirty." "I think nowadays…

  10. Kenny Chesney Scores A Perfect 10

    September 29, 2010 1:05 PM EDT THE 'FALL' GUY: A week after the onset of autumn (Sept. 22), Kenny Chesney fittingly tops Country Songs with "The Boys of Fall," which rises 2-1. All charts will be refreshed tomorrow (Sept. 30) on Billboard.com. The football-themed tale grants Chesney a Country Songs No.…

  11. Billboard Bits: MGMT Denies Being Hit with Urine, Obama Talks Rap Music

    September 28, 2010 6:01 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. MGMT Denies Being Pelted with Urine After claims that MGMT drummer Will Berman was hit with a glass full of urine at the band's Manchester, England show last night (Sept. 27) were released earlier today ,…

  12. Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' Dethrones Eminem on Hot 100

    September 08, 2010 12:53 PM EDT K aty Perry posts back-to-back No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Teenage Dream" is set to top the chart when it's released in full tomorrow morning (Sept. 9). The last female artist to post successive No. 1 singles on the chart was Lady Gaga , who took her first two entries,…

  13. Drake, Rick Ross, Bun B, T.I. Rep Dirty South for Hip-Hop Honors

    June 04, 2010 2:12 PM EDT This year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors paid tribute to Atlanta, Miami, Texas, New Orleans and other Southern cities and states, but the event brought performers from all over to rep the dirty south on Thursday night (June 3) at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. Willie D from the Geto…

  14. Chamillionaire: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 5:31 PM EDT "Venom" (Chamillitary/Universal Republic, June 22) After multiple delays, Chamillionaire 's first album since 2007 is back on schedule. Lead single "Main Event" features fellow Texan rappers Paul Wall , Slim Thug and Dorrough , and Pimp C earns a posthumous production…

  15. Ask Billboard: Pitbull, Amanda Marshall, Journey

    May 22, 2009 4:32 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PITBULLL ATTACK Hi Gary! I am not a rap fan, but, as Cuban-born rapper…

  16. Green Day Takes Top Spot On Billboard 200

    May 20, 2009 11:00 AM EDT Green Day bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "21st Century Breakdown," selling 215,000 in an abbreviated three-day sales week. The Reprise/Warner Bros. set saw an off-cycle release on Friday, May 15 in order to more closely align its world-wide street dates. Nielsen SoundScan&…

  17. Green Day Headed To No. 1 Debut On Billboard 200

    May 13, 2009 5:16 PM EDT All signs point to a new No. 1 album at the top of the Billboard 200 chart next week, as we await the arrival of Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown." The Reprise/Warner Bros. set will see an off-cycle release on Friday, May 15. (Most albums are released on Tuesdays.) Even…

  18. Fall Out Boy Takes 50 Cent On Tour

    April 03, 2009 10:59 AM EDT It was 50 Cent's proposal to play some shows with Fall Out Boy this month. But he didn't have to ask twice. "He came up with the idea, and we were like, 'Yeah. Totally. Yeah. Why not?," frontman Patrick Stump tells Billboard.com. "He had been talking for awhile…

  19. Big Pimpin'

    May 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT UGK rapper Bun B is back this week with his first release since his UGK partner Pimp C died late last year. UGK rapper Bun B is back this week with his first release since his UGK partner Pimp C died late last year. The Rap-A-Lot/Asylum set "II Trill" is led by the single "That…

  20. Star Rappers Help Bun B Reload For 'II Trill'

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST UGK rapper Bun B has set an April 29 release date for his first release since his UGK partner Pimp C died late last year. The Rap-A-Lot/Asylum set "II Trill" is led by the single "That's Gangsta" feat UGK rapper Bun B has set an April 29 release date for his first…

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