1. Kanye West Calls Lil Wayne 'Number One Rapper,' Talks Being 'Givenchy Kanye'

    March 05, 2013 8:41 PM EST The hip-hop star called into Hot 97 for a rare interview after landing at No. 7 on a Hottest MCs list. Kanye West has been sharing his feelings on stage recently , but the hip-hop star called into Hot 97 for a rare discussion after landing at No. 7 on MTV's Hottest MCs in the Game list. …

  2. Goldie Talks New Album, 'EDM' and His Bass-Devoted Life

    February 25, 2013 4:24 PM EST The drum ‘n’ bass legend assesses his history with new best-of “The Alchemist.” With all this talk of dubstep and trap, it’s easy to lose sight of the original bass movement in dance: drum ‘n’ bass. When the genre hit the States in the late ‘90s, one of its breakout stars was the…

  3. Snoop Dogg Smokes Up During Grammy Songwriting Panel

    February 09, 2013 7:56 PM EST Fans who turned out to BMI's annual pre-Grammy Awards "How I Wrote That Song" discussion got a little more than they expected thanks to Snoop Dogg — a contact high. The rapper smoked marijuana during Saturday's panel discussion , lighting up a large, Kush-filled blunt on…

  4. 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…

  5. Jazz Great Donald Byrd Dead, Nephew Says

    February 07, 2013 9:12 PM EST The 80-year-old trumpeter's genre-spanning work has made him a hip-hop mainstay Jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd died at the age of 80 earlier this week, according to a report from Amoeba . The music store's blog, citing "Facebook and emails" from Byrd's nephew, jazz…

  6. Top 10 Best Hip-Hop Movies Ever

    November 08, 2012 2:00 PM EST Throughout the four decade history of hip-hop, there have been many movies that have attempted to capture the essence of the culture. Many have been OK, plenty have been good, but it's the rare film that has been great. "8 Mile," which hit the silver screen 10 years ago today …

  7. BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012: Chris Lighty Tribute, Cyphers & Winners

    October 10, 2012 8:50 AM EDT More than a week after the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards were taped in Atlanta, the annual show honoring the best in rap aired Tuesday night (October 9). The show started off strong with a performance by Wiz Khalifa . After rocking his single, "Work Hard, Play Hard," Wiz was joined by…

  8. 50 Cent Debuts Too Short-Assisted Single, 'First Date': Listen

    October 03, 2012 1:20 PM EDT The rapper also made amends with Fat Joe at the BET Hip-Hop Awards for the late Chris Lighty. With a month away from the release of his fifth studio album, "Street King Immortal," 50 Cent drops his newest single, "First Date," today (Oct. 3). "Im doing what I want…

  9. Chris Lighty, Hip-Hop Impresario, Found Dead

    August 30, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. Circumstances of his death were unconfirmed at press time, but New York Daily…

  10. The Doors Light Up Sunset With Linda Perry, Dead Sara + More

    August 17, 2012 2:30 PM EDT All-Star Tribute Caps 'The Doors Day' in West Hollywood ... Billboard Chats With John Densmore, Marilyn Manson, Billy Morrison The city of West Hollywood declared August 16, 2012 to be "The Doors Day" in a celebration that honored Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger at the…

  11. Q&A: Queensryche Talks Lawsuit, Plans 'Return to History' Tour

    August 14, 2012 6:00 PM EDT It's been a long, strange summer for rock that's heralded plenty of shocks. The news bulletins for 2012 include the overseas incarceration of Lamb of God's Randy Blythe; the deaths of such talents as Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord and engineer George Marino; Van Halen's…

  12. Exclusive: Queensryche Parts Ways With Geoff Tate

    June 20, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Band Replaces Singer With Crimson Glory's Todd La Torre Rock band Queensryche is continuing forward without vocalist Geoff Tate , who will be replaced by Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre, Billboard has exclusively learned. "Over the past few months, there have been growing…

  13. Q-Tip Signs To Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Label

    April 11, 2012 11:10 AM EDT Q-Tip , the New York hip-hop legend and former leader of A Tribe Called Quest , has signed to Kanye West 's G.O.O.D. Music imprint on Def Jam Recordings. His fourth solo effort, tentatively titled "The Last Zulu," will be released through the label in 2013. Q-Tip joins a roster…

  14. Gathering of the Vibes: A Grateful Dead Fan's Dream (Almost)

    April 02, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Surviving Members to Perform, Separately... Also on Tap at July Festival: Avett Brothers, Primus, Bruce Hornsby The surviving four members of the Grateful Dead -- with their solo projects -- will join the Avett Brothers, Primus, Zappa Plays Zappa, Steel Pulse, Sound Tribe Sector 9 and others…

  15. The Wanted, Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sande Set For Olympic Torch Relay Shows

    March 29, 2012 12:20 PM EDT To celebrate the 70-day torch relay that leads up to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, a series of Coca-Cola-sponsored events are coming to various U.K. cities, ending on July 26 with a massive Olympic Torch Relay Finale concert. The Wanted, Dizzee Rascal, Katy B and Mark Ronson will…

  16. Spotlight On Mike Lembo

    March 27, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Chart Article It began with a simple kick-drum beat. While his producers Mike Rizzo and Steve "Mr. Mig" Migliore excused themselves from the studio for a few minutes to tend to some urgent business, Mike Lembo started freestyling over a kick-drum beat. "I just knew the speed of…

  17. Santigold Finds Spirituality In 'Disparate Youth' Video

    March 01, 2012 4:40 PM EST In her latest video for "Disparate Youth," progressive hip-pop princess Santigold cruises the beautiful, breezy tropics and treks through the jungle in search for profundity within the natural world. With a dub reggae half-step tempo, shimmering synth leads, and soothing vocals, …

  18. Adele Ties U.K. Record for Weeks at No. 1

    January 23, 2012 8:00 AM EST Jessie J's 'Domino' Remains Atop Singles Chart A dele added another achievement to her ever-expanding book of records as "21" returned 2-1 in its first anniversary on the U.K. album chart. Meanwhile, Jessie J started a second week atop the singles chart with "…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Van Halen, Aretha Franklin

    January 19, 2012 4:15 PM EST Adele's "21" becomes just the 20th album in the Billboard 200's five-decade-plus history to reign for at least 16 weeks SWEET 16: As previously reported , Adele 's "21" tops the Billboard 200 album chart for a 16th week, marking the survey's longest…

  20. Esperanza Spalding, 'Radio Music Society': Album Preview

    January 16, 2012 4:04 PM EST Esperanza Spalding Title: Radio Music Society | Release Date: March 20 As Esperanza Spalding ( @espespalding ) prepares for her first Heads Up International album since becoming the first jazz artist to win the best new artist Grammy Award, she says it's music for the non-jazz listener…

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