Dan Rys

Contributing Editor

Dan Rys is a writer and editor who has written and worked for Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Hot Press Magazine, among others. He probably likes funk music more than you do.

Backbeat: Big K.R.I.T., Killer Mike, More Rock MTV/CMJ Showcase

Backbeat: Big K.R.I.T., Killer Mike, More Rock MTV/CMJ Showcase

With CMJ in full swing, the studio at Webster Hall played host to a hip hop showcase put on by a suite of MTV's digital entities -- MTV Hive, mtvU, the recently-launched MTV Jams, Artists.MTV, and the O Music Awards -- which brought Southern-based rappers Big K.R.I.T. and Killer Mike together with the NYC-based Mr. Muthaf---in' eXquire, Le1f, and Flatbush Zombies.
?uestlove, Universal Music's Harry Weinger To Teach 'Classic Albums' Course At NYU

?uestlove, Universal Music's Harry Weinger To Teach 'Classic Albums' Course At NYU

?uestlove will soon be adding another job to his exhaustive list of titles: professor. The Roots' drummer will be joining Universal Music Enterprises vice president of A&R and Grammy winning reissues producer Harry Weinger to co-teach a course titled 'Classic Albums' at the Clive Davis Institue for Recorded Music at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts this coming Spring semester.
Updated: Death Grips Leak New Album, Blame Label For Shutdown Of Website

Updated: Death Grips Leak New Album, Blame Label For Shutdown Of Website

On Monday, Death Grips followed up on a promise they had made on Twitter by leaking their sophomore album No Love Deep Web, months before the released date planned by their label Epic Records. The group's site was soon shut down; the band blamed the label for the shutdown, but a rep for Epic told Billboard.biz that the label "has nothing to do with the issues on [Death Grips'] site."

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