1. B.o.B, Bun B & 2 Chainz Take Over 2014 A3C Festival

    October 15, 2014 5:19 PM EDT Hip-hop fans flocked to Atlanta this past week for the 10th annual A3C Festival, which proved to be bigger than ever. Over the course of five days (Oct. 8 through 12), the festival held keynote interviews, panels, showcases and tribute shows across the city. The festival started off strong…

  2. Watch: Dillon Francis Talks About Why He's 'Not Selling Out' With His Pop-Friendly Debut Album, 'Money Sucks, Friends Rule'

    October 01, 2014 5:33 PM EDT The L.A. DJ's first album straddles dance and pop, and has a laundry list of guest stars including Twista, Major Lazer and Martin Garrix. Dillon Francis ’ debut studio album is out on Oct. 27, and the Los Angeles DJ is anticipating a bit of backlash. Titled Money Sucks, Friends Rule …

  3. Twista, 'The Dark Horse': Exclusive Album Premiere

    August 06, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Four years after the release of The Perfect Storm , Twista returns with his ninth studio album, The Dark Horse . A week before its release (August 12), Billboard has an exclusive stream of The Dark Horse . Listen below: The 13-track standard version is laced with Twista's signature…

  4. Watch: Twista Tackles Domestic Abuse In 'Got Away' Video

    July 30, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Twista tackles some serious issues in the latest video for his single, "Got Away." The Scott Emo-directed video follows a couple involved in domestic abuse and infidelity. "This video is supposed to have a lot of meaning and to help soothe one's pain after experiencing any…

  5. Los Speaks on 'Becoming King' Mixtape, Previews 'Dope' Song

    October 17, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Los, newly signed to Bad Boy for the second time, has been in the studio, steadily working on his upcoming mixtape, "Becoming King." In the trailer above, premiered exclusively on The Juice, Los previews the Harry Fraud produced track, "Dope," and shares a few words on the…

  6. Raekwon, GZA, Yelawolf and More Anchor Atlanta's A3C Festival 2012

    October 16, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Before Eminem came calling, Yelawolf was ripping through sets at the annual A3C Hip Hop Fest in Atlanta. "I did A3C twice, I think," the rapper tells The Juice. "First year, there was a small room, just a few people and I was doing records that weren't even out. They weren…

  7. Ab-Soul's Timeline: The Rapper's Life From 5 Years Old to Now

    August 08, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Ab-Soul takes us on a journey through his 25-year life in five-year intervals. "Man… At 25, I lost my world and I got the world at the same time," Ab-Soul said, hours before stepping on stage at his first headlining New York show. "'The Book of Soul,'" I say,…

  8. Jeremih Raises the Temperature With 'Late Nights' Mixtape: Listen

    August 07, 2012 3:25 PM EDT Jeremih wants to get cozy with listeners on his new mixtape, "Late Nights." Featuring a who's who of the rap world, "Late Nights" showcases 18 tracks produced by big names like Tricky Stewart, Yonny, and even Jeremih himself. Guest rappers include 2 Chainz on a far…

  9. Chart Juice: Rick Ross, Usher Bound Up R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    May 25, 2012 12:35 PM EDT Rick Ross ' "Touch 'N You," which features Usher in a role reversal situation from their other current collaboration (Usher's "Lemme See" features Ross), earns Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as it surges 74-41. ("Lemme See"…

  10. Chart Juice: Kanye West and Jay-Z Earn First 'Watch the Throne' No. 1 Single

    November 03, 2011 1:10 PM EDT "Ni**as in Paris" becomes the first song from Kanye West and Jay-Z 's collaborative album "Watch the Throne" to reach No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as the song rises 2-1. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne': Track-by-Track…

  11. 2 Chainz Nears Critical Mass with DJ Drama-Hosted Mixtape

    October 29, 2011 12:00 PM EDT When it comes to his career, 2 Chainz possesses Zen-like patience. After forming Playaz Circle with Dolla Boy in 1997, the rapper formerly known as Tity Boi scored success 10 years later when the duo's 2007 Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam debut, "Supply & Demand," reached No.…

  12. DJ Khaled Talks 'We the Best Forever': Video Track-By-Track

    July 19, 2011 3:40 PM EDT There's truth to DJ Khaled 's words. "I live at Billboard. Check the charts. I've been there for seven years straight," DJ Khaled tells Billboard.com the day before the release of "We the Best Forever" (July 18). DJ Khaled: Behind the Scenes with Hip-Hop&…

  13. Freshman Haze: Lil Playy

    July 12, 2011 5:10 PM EDT You may think you don't know Lil Playy but you've actually heard him a thousand times. The up-and-coming songwriter wrote and appeared on the chopped-and-screwed hook of Ludacris ' Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 2 hit, "My Chick Bad," featuring Nicki Minaj . With…

  14. Mary J. Blige Debuts New Song at 2011 BET Awards: Watch

    June 27, 2011 1:20 PM EDT Mary J. Blige opened the 2011 BET Awards last night (June 26), performing vintage songs such as "You Bring Me Joy" and "Real Love." Mary then brought out her first guest Anita Baker to perform the classic, "Caught Up in the Rapture." Chris Brown Wins Big At BET…

  15. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice:Chris Brown's Outburst and Travis Barker's Opening

    March 24, 2011 2:01 PM EDT Despite the negative attention surrounding his Good Morning America outburst, Chris Brown is having a great week on the charts as "Look At Me Now" steps 2-1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (33.9 million listener impressions, according to Nielsen BDS) to mark his fourth chart-topper on the…

  16. Chris Brown Headed for Another No.1 R&B/Hip-Hop Song with 'No BS'

    January 21, 2011 2:15 PM EST C hris Brown is headed for another No. 1. "No BS," which claimed Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors last week, steps up 5-4 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart -- an 11% gain with 29.9 million listener impressions. If "No BS" reaches the summit, it will be…

  17. Ask Billboard: Ke$ha, Band-Aid, Eddie Murphy

    December 17, 2010 4:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. SHOCK AND AWARDS…

  18. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Kid Cudi, Cee Lo Green, Trey Songz

    November 19, 2010 2:16 PM EST Kid Cudi breaks open at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his sophomore set "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager" as the title moves 169,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His debut "Man on the Moon: The End of the Day" opened at No. 5 on R&B/Hip…

  19. Far East Movement's 'G6' Returns to No. 1 on Hot 100

    November 18, 2010 11:00 AM EST Following a two-week break, Far*East Movement's "Like a G6," featuring Cataracs & Dev, returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for its third cumulative week at No. 1. The song was removed from the perch two weeks ago by Ke$ha's No. 1 arrival with "We R Who We…

  20. Twista Appreciates Waka Flocka Flame, Gives Back to His Hometown

    November 16, 2010 11:30 AM EST Last week, Twista released his eighth studio album "The Perfect Storm," with first single "Make a Movie" clocking in at No. 15 on this week's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. With over 15 years of recording experience under his belt, the Chicago rapper says that his…

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