1. DeJ Loaf Teams Up With Taylor Gang's Chevy Woods on 'All Said and Done'

    July 09, 2015 1:43 PM EDT Pittsburgh's Chevy Woods isn't about to forget where he's from -- even as his longtime friend and collaborator  Wiz Khalifa 's career hits the stratosphere, Woods, a fellow Taylor Gang member, strives to keep things true to the streets he grew up on. That's why he…

  2. Rico Love Steps Out On His Own With 'Turn The Lights On': Album Review

    May 18, 2015 11:35 AM EDT In an interview in January , singer-songwriter/producer/rapper Rico Love identified a turning point in his career: a trio of ballads he wrote several years ago for Melanie Fiona ("4 AM"), Mary J. Blige ("Mr. Wrong"), and Trey Songz ("Heart Attack"). These tracks…

  3. Big K.R.I.T. on Calling Himself 'King of the South': 'I Stand By What I Say'

    November 11, 2014 12:35 PM EST The rapper/producer talks the making of his sophomore album, 'Cadillactica.' Nice guys finish last, as they say, and Big K.R.I.T. wants to win. Since 2010, the understated Mississippi rapper-producer, 28, quietly produced three excellent mixtapes and a solid debut album, 2012'…

  4. Big K.R.I.T. Delivers Best Work With 'Cadillactica': Track-by-Track Review

    November 10, 2014 1:44 PM EST Before Big K.R.I.T. releases an album, he puts his music through the car test. That is, once his project is complete, the 28-year old rapper/producer cues up his recorded compilation of songs and takes a four-hour drive from his Atlanta home and recording base back to his hometown of…

  5. Big K.R.I.T. Releases 'See Me On Top Vol. 4' Mixtape: Listen

    September 16, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Big K.R.I.T. , who hardly ever abandons his style, shows the virtues of persistence and consistency. He's been releasing mixtapes since 2005 -- some of these, like 2011's Return of 4 Eva , are potent -- carrying the torch for an older tradition of southern rap that draws its…

  6. Free Music Round-Up: Raury, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Love & Melat

    August 29, 2014 5:00 PM EDT This was an exciting week for free music. Raury released a precocious album debut, Ty Dolla $ign and Rico Love delivered R&B-drenched projects and rising singer Melat channeled vintage hip-hop/soul on her EP. Raury's Indigo Child (Album) Raury aims for a powerful, cohesive statement…

  7. Big K.R.I.T.'s 'Pay Attention' Debuts On Trending 140 Chart

    July 30, 2014 1:26 PM EDT Rapper and producer Big K.R.I.T. debuted his official single "Pay Attention" on July 25. The Jim Jonsin -produced song features Rico Love on the hook. Big K.R.I.T. Releases Rico Love-Assisted 'Pay Attention' Single: Listen In response to the song debut by the Miss.…

  8. Big K.R.I.T. Releases Rico Love-Assisted 'Pay Attention' Single: Listen

    July 25, 2014 7:33 PM EDT Big K.R.I.T. has been intently working on his sophomore studio album, Cadillactica . Today (Friday, July 25), he gives us a taste of what's to come with his first official single, "Pay Attention." The Jim Jonsin-produced song features K.R.I.T. fixated on one lady in the room.…

  9. Rico Love Recruits Pitbull For 'They Don't Know' Dance Remix: Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 08, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Rico Love changes the pace of his single, "They Don't Know," and recruits Pitbull for the dance remix. Check out the remix below, exclusively premiered here on The Juice: "Pit and I have been friends for years and it was dope knowing that he loved the song and wanted to…

  10. T.I.: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 26, 2012 1:00 PM EST "People keep expecting me to fail. I'm going to continue to be huge." Inside the making of T.I.'s "Trouble Man." On Aug. 31, 2011, Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. walked out of Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Forrest City, a low-security federal…

  11. Sean Paul Talks 'Tomahawk Technique' Album, Touring & Kelly Rowland Single

    October 17, 2012 1:50 PM EDT Shortly after the release of his fifth studio album "Tomahawk Technique" (Sept. 18), Sean Paul hit the stadiums to connect with fans. "Touring helps to get people aware you're back in the building," Sean Paul told Billboard. The dancehall artist is embarking on a the…

  12. Brandy, 'Two Eleven': Track-By-Track Review

    October 16, 2012 3:05 PM EDT The road to "Two Eleven," Brandy 's sixth studio album, hasn't exactly been smooth. In the years since 2008's "Human," the singer parted ways with label Epic Records when the album underperformed, took a break from singing to dabble in rap (under the name…

  13. Brandy & Reps Talk 'Two Eleven' Album & Four-Year Hiatus

    October 12, 2012 2:15 PM EDT After spending the four years since 2008's "Human" (Epic Records) largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran'Nu -- Brandy Norwood is making a return to her R&B roots on the melodic, vocal-driven "Two Eleven,"…

  14. Bubbling Under: McKay's 'Destiny' To Chart On Adult Contemporary?

    September 14, 2012 2:50 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Franklin McKay, Tulisa, $auce and Earl Bynum. Franklin McKay In a rare case of conservative AC radio helping expose an unsigned…

  15. Cassie Releases 'Balcony' Single with Young Jeezy: Listen

    September 11, 2012 7:54 PM EDT R&B songstress and Bad Boy/Interscope Records protégé Cassie has dropped another single. "Balcony," the second track from upcoming sophomore set, features rapper Young Jeezy and production from Rico Love, Earl Hood and Eric Goudy II. Cassie's sultry vocals swim amid the…

  16. Fashion Week NYC: Paula Abdul Sees Red at Emerson, Lianne La Havas Rocks DKNY

    September 10, 2012 4:45 PM EDT The children of rock and pop royalty -- Kelly Osbourne and Madonna's daughter Lourdes -- showed off their style at Zac Posen's NYFW show. As the weekend came to a close, New York Fashion Week continued the trend of dramatic, futuristic collections that had defined runways for the…

  17. Brandy Talks 'Wildest Dreams' Single, Possible Drake Collabo, & Touring with Monica

    August 23, 2012 2:00 PM EDT After spending the years since 2008's "Human" largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran'Nu -- Brandy is making a strong return to her R&B roots on the melodic, vocal-driven "Two Eleven" (Oct. 16, RCA Records…

  18. First Listen: Breyon Prescott Previews Brandy's 'Two Eleven' Album in NYC

    August 21, 2012 1:05 PM EDT As Brandy preps her first release for RCA Records -- "Two Eleven" (October 16) -- Breyon Prescott, founder of Chameleon Records (which will jointly release the project with RCA) previewed tracks Monday afternoon at Germano Studios in NYC. Prescott had been wanting to work with the…

  19. Exclusive: Sean Paul Sets 'Tomahawk Technique' U.S. Release Date

    August 13, 2012 1:40 PM EDT 'It is, in certain terms, like a rebirth,' the dancehall star says of the new disc. "Tomahawk Technique," Sean Paul 's fifth studio album, is finally hitting U.S. stores on Sept. 18 through VP/Atlantic, the Jamaican dancehall star tells Billboard.com. The disc has…

  20. Rick Ross, 'God Forgives, I Don't': Track-By-Track Review

    July 31, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Everyone has their own story of struggle. There's no denying Rick Ross has one. He's proven so since his first debut album, "Port of Miami," which is laced with rhymes of his dope-boy days. But Ross' fifth studio album, "God Forgives, I Don't," tells a…

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