1. Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Talks Pete Rock and Run The Jewels, 'Preacher' and 'Ant-Man'

    January 29, 2015 2:14 PM EST Earlier this month, around the same time that Run The Jewels were preparing for an appearance on Conan , Axel Alonso , the Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, was making public a variant cover of two books -- the soon-to-be-relaunched Howard The Duck and an issue of Deadpool -- both featuring…

  2. Raekwon & Ghostface Killah Announce 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx' Documentary, 'Purple Tape Files'

    January 26, 2015 8:08 PM EST Raekwon and Ghostface Killah visited Sundance over the weekend to preview their new documentary, Purple Tape Files , chronicling the creation and influence of Raekwon's solo debut album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...  Watch Wu-Tang Clan' Protest Footage Compilation for 'A Better…

  3. 'The Three Little Migos': A Classic Children's Story Retold With Rap Lyrics

    January 23, 2015 12:46 PM EST From Slick Rick 's funky fables to The Notorious B.I.G. 's underworld novellas, hip-hop is home to some of the greatest stories ever told. Narration is a core element of the art form, a necessity for rap purists. For Danny Brown , it's a skill he's taking off the beat.…

  4. Watch Ghostface Killah Rock 'Tonight Show' With 'Love Don't Live Here No More'

    January 09, 2015 10:00 AM EST Jimmy Fallon , what a life! Two days ago, he was kicking it with indie comedy kingpins Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia, and last night (Jan. 8), he welcomed the honorable Ghostface Killah to the show. Swagged out in a leather bucket hat, Big Ghost delivered a soulful…

  5. 15 Spot-On Hipster Parodies From 'Portlandia'

    January 08, 2015 3:50 PM EST Season five of Portlandia debuts tonight on IFC. In anticipation of the pitch-perfect Portland parody program's return, we've rounded up the show's 15 best sketches that skewer hipster life in all its glorious facets. Some feature indie all-stars, some feature obscure music…

  6. Wendy Rene, Soul Singer Sampled by Wu-Tang Clan & Alicia Keys, Dies at 67

    December 18, 2014 4:12 PM EST Wendy Rene, the budding Stax Records singing and songwriting talent who quit music after the death of Otis Redding in 1967 and saw her music revived through samples decades later, died Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn., following a stroke. She was 67. Born Mary Frierson in Memphis, Rene was given…

  7. Beyoncé Earns Eighth No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With '7/11'

    December 11, 2014 7:09 PM EST Plus: Wu-Tang Clan returns to the charts with 'A Better Tomorrow' In only its second week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Beyoncé 's "7/11" reaches No. 1, granting the singer her eighth chart-topping title as a solo artist. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop: Beyoncé,…

  8. The 10 Best Rap Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:10 PM EST Maybe it's just where the industry's headed, maybe it's just a result of how 2013's calendar worked, but this year rap fans digested their music through song, not album. And the songs came from unexpected places, like Vine and Soundcloud, to speak nothing of Detroit and…

  9. Album Review: Ghostface Killah Follows Up Wu-Tang Clan's Reunion Album With Solo Concept LP '36 Seasons'

    December 09, 2014 1:00 PM EST After 20 years of rapping, there are few things the Wu-Tang Clan hasn't been able to do -- except get along. In 2007, ahead of the release of its fifth LP, 8 Diagrams , group members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon trashed the album publicly, blaming its poor quality on the direction of…

  10. Watch Wu-Tang Clan' Protest Footage Compilation for ‘A Better Tomorrow’ Video

    December 07, 2014 2:48 PM EST The Wu-Tang Clan has successfully captured some of the nation’s frustrations with the justice system in their new music video for “A Better Tomorrow,” the title track from the group’s sixth album. Wu-Tang Clan Bring the Latest 'Ruckus' to 'Letterman' In the wake of grand…

  11. No, Skrillex Didn't Buy Wu-Tang's $5M 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin' Album

    December 01, 2014 4:16 PM EST One of the year's great mysteries -- who will buy the Wu-Tang Clan's one-of-a-kind record? -- remains unsolved. Skrillex can afford a lot of nice things -- he made $15 million two years ago, according to Forbes -- from a nice home studio to a communal , techno-artistic downtown…

  12. Wu-Tang Clan Bring the Latest 'Ruckus' to 'Letterman'

    November 26, 2014 10:31 AM EST In advance of their sixth studio album  A Better Tomorrow , the Wu-Tang Clan performed their latest single, "Ruckus In B Minor," on Letterman . (Not to be confused with "Bring Da Ruckus," the opening track on Wu-Tang's debut album.) Watch their performance below.…

  13. Inside the Brooklyn Pizzeria That Has Hip-Hop Artists From A$AP Rocky to Action Bronson Salivating

    November 18, 2014 6:56 PM EST What would a hip-hop pizzeria look like? From the outside, Williamsburg's Best Pizza is indistinguishable from any other Brooklyn dollar-slice joint, but chef-owner Frank Pinello 's acclaimed pies and an ear-splitting hip-hop playlist that includes The Notorious B.I.G. , Nas and…

  14. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Wu-Tang Clan to Shawn Mendes

    November 14, 2014 6:13 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Shawn Mendes "Something Big" Island The Ed Sheeran -esque folk-pop of Shawn Mendes' "Something Big" is an awkward fit for the Vine phenomenon. Unlike the slow contemplation of debut hit "Life Of The Party,"…

  15. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Wu-Tang Clan, Fifth Harmony, Theophilus London & More

    November 05, 2014 5:00 PM EST On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about an eclectic bunch of new songs in the worlds of hip-hop, indie, R&B and pop. Since Pop-Shop's Jason Lipshutz was lucky enough to attend an advance listening session of Wu-Tang Clan 's long-awaited  A…

  16. Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘A Better Tomorrow’ Album Thrills at Listening Party in NYC

    November 04, 2014 11:44 AM EST After months of delays, false starts and media bickering , the new Wu-Tang Clan album, A Better Tomorrow , is miraculously on its way, with a rock-solid release date (Dec. 2) and label home (Warner Bros. Records). On Monday night (Nov. 3), Wu mastermind the RZA hosted a private listening…

  17. Wu-Tang Clan Shares O.D.B.-Sampling New Track, 'Ruckus in B Minor'

    November 04, 2014 6:30 AM EST It's hard knowing how to feel about the first new Wu-Tang Clan  album in seven years. The couple bits we've heard so far --  "Keep Watch,"  lead single "Ron O'Neal" and the big Daily Show performance -- have been promising. "Ruckus in B Minor,"…

  18. On the Road & Backstage With Rising British DJ Hot Since 82

    November 03, 2014 2:46 PM EST "Wooo, disco bus!" The vehicle idling by the manicured white lobby of the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel is nothing special, but Hot Since 82 is easy to please. Daley Padley is a rakish 30-something Brit wearing a white graphic tee and an unflagging smile that persists despite his…

  19. The Elaborate High-Security Tactics Behind Taylor Swift's Album Release

    October 31, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Special iPads and Sharkey the security guard kept album leaks (almost) in check. The prerelease security plan around Taylor Swift 's 1989 was not a complete success -- the album leaked three days before its Oct. 27 street date -- but it may have been the most elaborate, at least for an…

  20. Exclusive: Logic Breaks Down 6 Things to Know About Him

    October 22, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Logic , born Sir Robert bryson Hall II, is one of 2014's biggest surprises. Under Pressure (Def Jam, Oct. 21), the debut LP from the 24-year-old Maryland native, is a gem, with a mix of earnest raps and lush beats reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole . Logic, 'Driving Ms.…

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