1. 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…

  2. Common: 'We Got To Do More' About Chicago Violence

    September 20, 2013 8:43 PM EDT The hip-hop star is pushing for educational efforts and wants rappers to join the cause. Grammy-award winning hip hop artist Common, who has openly worried about the violence in Chicago, was in his hometown Friday to help celebrate the city's music scene when he was confronted with a…

  3. 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…

  4. Kanye West's Lost 'Hip-Hop Muppet Show': Watch Footage

    September 15, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Footage from Kanye West and Rhymefest's doomed 2008 live-action puppet show, "Alligator Boots," has surfaced. Similar to the Comedy Central show "Crank Yankers," the show was described by producers as a "hip-hop Muppet show." Just a warning, the clip has…

  5. Uncle Luke Announces Run For Miami Mayor

    February 04, 2011 12:37 PM EST Rapper, reality TV star and most-recently newspaper columnist Luke "Uncle Luke" Campbell has announced his next venture will be running for Mayor of Miami Dade. The former 2 Live Crew rapper wrote about his decision to enter politics in his Miami New Times column recently, stating …

  6. Mark Ronson Shows Off His 'Record Collection' on New Album

    August 30, 2010 3:30 PM EDT At the age of 34, Mark Ronson already knows what his epitaph will read. It's not that he's a morbid guy; he's just wryly aware of his musical legacy. "At the end of the day, it will say 'producer' before it says 'artist,' " says Ronson, who has…

  7. Rhymefest, "El Che"

    July 09, 2010 12:49 PM EDT Chicago-based rapper Rhymefest had a good year in 2004 after winning a Grammy Award for co-writing Kanye West 's "Jesus Walks," which hit No. 2 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart. He may remind listeners of this achievement a little too much during his second…

  8. Queen Latifah Returns To Rap On 'Persona'

    July 27, 2009 11:21 AM EDT The world sees plenty of Queen Latifah (real name Dana Owens) these days-at movie theaters, on magazine covers, in CoverGirl ads-but it rarely hears new music from her. Latifah's last two albums consisted entirely of jazz and soul standards. "Trav'lin Light," released in…

  9. Kanye West Has Hand In Puppet Pilot

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Comedy Central has teamed with Kanye West for a project described as hip-hop meets the Muppets. A half-hour pilot has been shot for the project, tentatively titled "Alligator Boots." It would feature Comedy Central has teamed with Kanye West for a project described as hip-hop meets…

  10. Kanye West, NIN Bring Lollapalooza To A Close

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West and Nine Inch Nails closed Lollapalooza 2008 in grand fashion Sunday (Aug. 3) in Chicago's Grant Park, with the former regaling his hometown crowd with hit after hit and the latter band off Kanye West and Nine Inch Nails closed Lollapalooza 2008 in grand fashion Sunday (Aug. 3…

  11. Rapper Wale Signs With Mark Ronson Label

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Producer Mark Ronson has partnered with Interscope to distribute his Allido Records label, Billboard has learned. Producer Mark Ronson has partnered with Interscope to distribute his Allido Records label, Billboard has learned. The first fruit of the joint venture will be an album from…

  12. Muse, Spoon, Interpol Rock Rainy Lollapalooza Day Two

    August 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In startling contrast to the beautiful weather on Friday, gray skies and intermittent rain showers were the backdrop for the second day of Lollapalooza (Aug. 4) at Chicago's Grant Park. But a host of In startling contrast to the beautiful weather on Friday, gray skies and intermittent…

  13. Prince, Andre 3000 Bolster West's 'Never Forget'

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dr. Cornel West's upcoming album, "Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations," touches down at a time when renewed debate over hip-hop lyrics and video imaging is still swirling post-Don Imus. Prince, Ta Dr. Cornel West's upcoming album, "Never Forget: A Journey of…

  14. Daft Punk, Stooges, MMJ Join Pearl Jam At Lollapalooza

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Daft Punk, the Stooges, My Morning Jacket, Muse, Modest Mouse, Interpol, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ben Harper and Snow Patrol are among the top acts joining previously announced headliner Pearl Jam at this Daft Punk, the Stooges, My Morning Jacket, Muse, Modest Mouse, Interpol, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs…

  15. Jazzy Jeff Nabs Meth, De La, Rhymefest For Solo Set

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST DJ Jazzy Jeff is putting the finishing touches on "The Return of the Magnificent," the follow-up to his 2002 solo debut "The Magnificent" (Rapster). Due early next year, the entirely self-produced dis DJ Jazzy Jeff is putting the finishing touches on "The Return of…

  16. 46OnTV

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Nov. 13-20, 2006. MONDAY, NOV. 13 "GAC Nights," Great American Country Featured artist(s): Sugarland. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured artist(s): George Jones (also scheduled: Robin Williams). "The Tonight Show with Jay…

  17. Automator's 'Omakase' Still Not Ready To Eat

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT It seems "Omakase" wound up a casualty of MCA's 2003 merger with Geffen, which cost a number of artists their record deals and ultimately led the Roots to bolt for Def Jam. In the fall of 2004, in-demand producer Dan "the Automator" Nakamura excitedly told Billboard…

  18. Automator Puts Bounce Into Star-Studded '2K7' CD

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura is behind the boards with a host of hip-hop stars on the soundtrack for the upcoming 2K Sports video game "NBA 2K7," due next month via Decon Records. Producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura is behind the boards with a host of…

  19. 32OnTV

    August 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for Aug. 7-14, 2006. MONDAY, AUG. 7 "Live with Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured artist(s): Jody Watley. "Djangomania!" Sundance Channel Featured artist(s): Django Reinhardt, Quintet of the Hot Club of France. "Gene Simmons Family Jewels,…

  20. Billboard Bits: Rhymefest, BT, Wynonna Judd

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Rhymefest will join the reunited A Tribe Called Quest on the second annual 2K Sports Bounce tour. Rapper Rhymefest will join the reunited A Tribe Called Quest on the second annual 2K Sports Bounce tour. As previously reported , the trek begins Sept. 1 in Detroit and will run through…

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