Hip hop

  1. Rapper Slim Dunkin Shot Dead in Atlanta

    December 17, 2011 12:57 PM EST Atlanta police say the rapper Slim Dunkin was gunned down Friday evening in a city music studio as he prepared to record a video. Police Maj. Keith Meadows said the performer, whose real name is Mario Hamilton, was fatally shot in the chest after ...

  2. Backbeat: Big K.R.I.T. Marketing Manager Steve-O Shares Daily Routine with Billboard

    December 12, 2011 4:49 PM EST "Which one do you like?" Steven "Steve-O" Brown asks this while scrolling through potential cover options for Big K.R.I.T.'s upcoming mixtape, "4 Eva N A Day," slated to drop in January. The covers differ slightl ...

  3. Backbeat: Black Star Play NYC, Talk Recording in Africa, Aretha Franklin-Inspired Mix Tape

    December 09, 2011 7:45 AM EST Black Star, the hip hop moniker of Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), hit the stage at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square Saturday night to perform two shows, their first in New York since releasing new material as Black Star for the ...

  4. Backbeat: Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane Celebrate Release of 'Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey'

    December 08, 2011 5:32 PM EST Jordan Sommers and Doug E. Fresh Ed Lover Hip hop icons from Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh and Big Daddy Kane came together at the Penthouse on 5th Ave. on Wednesday night to celebrate the release of Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey, a new coffee-table bo ...

  5. Warner Music France Relaunches East West Records

    December 08, 2011 8:51 AM EST Warner Music France announced yesterday the relaunch of East West imprint in France. Starting in February 2012, the label will focus primarily on developing urban and alternative acts. The label will be managed by Stephane Espinosa, the founder of ...

  6. Backbeat: Swizz Beatz, T.I., Alicia Keys, Stephen Baldwin @ NYC Lotus Launch Party

    December 02, 2011 8:19 AM EST Producer/rapper/entrepreneur/generally busy guy Swizz Beatz celebrated his latest venture -- as Vice President of Creative Design and Global Marketing for British car company Lotus Cars -- with a launch party at New York's IAC Building on Wed ...

  7. Backbeat: Young Jeezy Does It The 'Jeezy Way' @ NYC Screening of 'A Hustlerz Ambition' Doc

    November 30, 2011 3:48 PM EST Def Doc: Island Def Jam Music Group's President Steve Bartels, Young Jeezy , Island Def Jam VP of Lifestyle Shawn "Pecas" Costner, at the New York screening of the documentary "A Hustlerz Ambition" Rapper Young Jeezy' ...

  8. LL Cool J Talks Hosting, Performing At Grammy Nominations Concert Special

    November 30, 2011 8:24 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don't call it a comeback. It's a tribute. "NCIS: Los Angeles" star and rapper LL Cool J is nervously excited to pause from his duties as host of the Grammy nominations concert special Wednesday to perform wit ...

  9. TLC's Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins Files for Bankruptcy -- for Second Time This Year

    November 28, 2011 5:52 PM EST After declaring bankruptcy along with her group TLC in the mid-'90s, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins has filed for Chapter 13 for the second time this year after defaulting on mortgages on her Atlanta, Georgia home and failing to keep up wit ...

  10. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar & DJ Green Lantern Rock Charity Concert @ L.A.'s Music Box

    November 28, 2011 7:30 AM EST Outside the Music Box in L.A., the night of the charity event. The Music Box in Los Angeles was buzzing with fans and music executives who came out Friday night (Nov. 18) for a benefit concert featuring Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar and DJ Green La ...

  11. Asher Roth Calls Def Jam Deal 'A Win-Win for Everybody'

    November 22, 2011 4:50 PM EST Asher Roth tells Billboard.com that signing to Def Jam Recordings, a deal that was officially announced on Tuesday (Nov. 22), marks a "win-win for everybody" as he preps the March release of his sophomore album, "Is This Too Orange? ...

  12. Backbeat: T.I. Exclusively Previews New Album 'Trouble Man,' Talks Next Single

    November 20, 2011 11:59 AM EST T.I. with his son King in Atlanta (Photo: Leeman LeClair) "I'm embracing it," T.I. tells me of the persona that is the title of his eighth studio album, "Trouble Man." A minute into the title track, before I could ask why, ...

  13. Busta Rhymes Signs With Cash Money Records in Joint Venture With Google Music

    November 17, 2011 1:01 PM EST Busta Rhymes is concluding 2011 with another bit of big news: he's signing with Cash Money Records. The veteran MC confirmed the deal to MTV at the launch of Google Music Monday. "I'm extremely proud to be aligned with Cash Money,&q ...

  14. Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg Announce 'Mac and Devin' Soundtrack and Tour

    November 14, 2011 3:44 PM EST To support their upcoming buddy comedy, "Mac and Devin Go To High School," Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa will release the film's official soundtrack on Dec. 13 and team up for a six-city December trek dubbed the High School tour. Khali ...

  15. Mac Miller On Way to Indie History at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 09, 2011 9:52 PM EST Recent Billboard magazine cover man Mac Miller is on his way to his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his debut effort, "Blue Slide Park," should easily top the list next week. Industry sources suggest the set will sell up ...

  16. Backbeat: Young Jeezy's 'TM: 103' Listening Party Draws a Who's-Who of Hip-Hop Tastemakers, Def Jam Execs

    November 04, 2011 5:57 PM EDT Young Jeezy with Island/Def Jam president Steve Bartels at Jeezy's listening session in New York Thursday night On Thursday night, a who's-who of hip-hop tastemakers gathered in New York's Quad Recording Studios to get a first liste ...

  17. Backbeat: Beats by Dre Launches New York Pop-Up Store With Will.I.Am, Freeway, Nero

    November 04, 2011 3:41 PM EDT Boom Boom Pow: Will.i.am. (left) with Dr. Dre atat the Beats By Dre pop-up store in New York City's SoHo neighborhood. Just yards away from the Apple Store in SoHo, a new, albeit temporary, boutique was making a splash with music fans in New ...

  18. Backbeat: DJ Premier, Pete Rock @ 'Re:Generation' Doc. Preview Feat. Mark Ronson, Skrillex, More

    October 24, 2011 7:00 AM EDT John Hancock'ing: DJ Premier signs a poster for "Re:Generation" director Amir Bar-Lev at the Re:Mix Lab event Oct. 20 in NYC's Chelsea Market. (Photo: Nadeska Alexis) On Thursday night (Oct. 20), Hyundai Veloster took over the ...

  19. Adele's 'Someone Like You' Holds Top of Hot 100 for Fourth Straight Week

    October 19, 2011 5:58 PM EDT Contrasting sounds bookend the Billboard Hot 100's top 10, as Adele's sparse piano ballad "Someone Like You" spends a fourth week atop the tally, while rappers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa soar in at No. 10 with "Young, Wild ...

  20. Kanye West, Jay-Z Sued By Soul Legend Syl Johnson Over Uncleared Sample (Listen)

    October 18, 2011 8:45 AM EDT Syl Johnson, a respected musician who created many successful blues and soul songs in the 1960s and 1970s, has filed a lawsuit against hip hop superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z over an allegedly uncleared sample on the duo's latest album, " ...

  21. Kanye West and Jay-Z Sued for Allegedly Sampling Syl Johnson

    October 17, 2011 4:43 PM EDT Syl Johnson, a respected musician who created many successful blues and soul songs in the 1960s and 1970s, has filed a lawsuit against hip hop superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z over an allegedly uncleared sample on the duo's latest album, " ...

  22. Rick Ross Recovering; DJ Khaled Tweets Photo At Memphis Wing Stop

    October 17, 2011 6:10 AM EDT The Wings Cure-All: Rick Ross (center), along with manager Gucci Pucci (right) and DJ Khaled (left) posing outside his Memphis, Tennessee Wing Stop restaurant Rick Ross looks to be on the mend. Pals DJ Sam Sneaker and DJ Khaled tweeted photos of t ...

  23. Def Jam Founders Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons Bring the Noise -- and Some Meditation -- to New York Public Library Chat

    October 15, 2011 4:22 PM EDT Def Jam founders Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons with moderator Paul Holdengraber at the New York Public Library Friday (Photo: Jori Klein) Def Jam founders, hip-hop pioneers and music icons Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons made a rare public appeara ...

  24. Mindless Behavior Takes a Bow on Social 50 Chart, Romeo Santos and Boyce Avenue Gain

    October 13, 2011 8:34 AM EDT Vocal group Mindless Behavior makes its Social 50 debut this week, coming in at No. 47 thanks to being featured on Vevo's emerging artist platform "Lift" and their relentless fan engagement on Facebook and Twitter. Starting on Oct. ...

  25. BET Hip Hop Awards Score Record Ratings

    October 13, 2011 6:15 AM EDT The BET Hip Hop Awards hit a ratings milestone for the network, pulling in 4.1 million viewers Tuesday night for the award ceremony's most-watched telecast since it bowed in 2006. Chris Brown Tops BET Hip-Hop Awards Followed by Nicki Minaj, L ...

  26. Web Trends: Watch Kelly Rowland's New Music Video and Lana Del Rey's First Televised Performance

    October 12, 2011 4:59 PM EDT Google Trends: 5. cypher People are searching about the Eminem, Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse cypher performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2011. 12. michael jackson autopsy People are searching about the late King of Pop's ongoing trial and the re ...

  27. Backbeat: Big Sean Launches 'Rising Icons' Season Three in NYC

    October 12, 2011 3:05 PM EDT Big Sean performs at the "Rising Icons" and Grey Goose party Monday night (Oct. 10). On Monday night (Oct. 10), at NYC's Good Units, "Rising Icons," in partnership with Grey Goose, launched their third season with G.O.O.D. ...

  28. Talib Kweli and Res' Idle Warship Project Debuts on Spotify Three Weeks Before Release

    October 11, 2011 5:18 PM EDT Today, Spotify U.S. launched the album stream to Idle Warship's album, "Habits of the Heart," a full three weeks before the debut project from the group -composed of rapper Talb Kweli and singer / songwriter Res - is set to arrive a ...

  29. Backbeat: Diddy, Jimmy Iovine Bring Out Dr. Dre, Russell Simmons, Cassie To See Some 'Culo'

    October 10, 2011 12:49 PM EDT Bunmen: (From Left) Interscope/Geffen/A&M Chairmen Jimmy Iovine, photographer and visual artist Raphael Mazzucco, music mogul and rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs. (Photo: WireImage) The hip-hop and fashion worlds collided last night (Oct. ...

  30. Method Man Stars, Raps in Viral Video For Sour Patch Kids Candy (Watch)

    October 05, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Method Man is no stranger to commercials. He shilled for Right Guard with his cousin Redman and if you dig through the annals of YouTube you'll uncover some sweet St. Ides Malt Liquor commercials from 1994 featuring Meth and the rest of the W ...

  31. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Livia Tortella

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 4 Livia Tortella Co-president/COO, Warner Bros. Records Website: Warnerbrosrecords.com Twitter: @Livia_WBR In her first full year as co-president/COO at Warner Bros. Records, Livia Tortella cites numerous artists whose accomplishments have bee ...

  32. Backbeat: Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri at ASCAP'S ATL Legends Dinner

    September 29, 2011 6:30 PM EDT To The Nines: Multi-hyphenate and an ATL Legend Ne-Yo ; ASCAP's Jennifer Drake, Director, Rhythm & Soul; ASCAP's VP, Rhythm & Soul Nicole George, Devyne Stephens, CEO of Upfront Megatainment. (Photo: The Picture Group) It was a c ...

  33. Sylvia Robinson, 'the Mother of the Hip-Hop Business,' Remembered by Chuck D, MC Lyte, More

    September 29, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson, who died early today of congestive heart failure at the age of 75, is best known for producing the first commercially successful rap recording: the Sugarhill Gang's 1979 hit "Rapper's Delight." But this pioneer ...

  34. Sylvia Robinson, Founder of Sugar Hill Records and Godmother of Hip-Hop, Dead at 75

    September 29, 2011 2:32 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson, who enjoyed a long career as a singer, songwriter, producer and co-founder of Sugar Hill Records, died early today in New Jersey, according to the New York Times and other sources. She was 75. While she had success as an artist in ...

  35. Backbeat: Slick Rick, Funkmaster Flex @ Red Bull Music Academy's Five Out Of Five

    September 29, 2011 8:30 AM EDT The Red Bull Music Academy presented the second installment of its Five Out Of Five lecture/concert series with Slick Rick at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx yesterday. Slick Rick, who was born in England but moved to the Bronx when he was 11 an ...

  36. Rostrum Records' Benjy Grinberg on Label's Campaign to Have Fans Control Mac Miller Release Date

    September 28, 2011 6:25 PM EDT At midnight eastern time Monday night, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller took to Ustream to announce that his debut album, "Blue Slide Park," was now available for pre-order - with a twist. In a campaign reminiscent of popular online group bu ...

  37. Mobb Deep Kick Off Red Bull Music Academy's 'Five Out of Five' Hip-Hop Concert/Discussion Series

    September 26, 2011 5:36 PM EDT Mobb Deep at Red Bull Music Academy's "Five Out of Five" event Sunday night (Photo: Dan Rhys) The Red Bull Music Academy kicked off its "Five Out Of Five" concert series -- highlighting what it considers New York City' ...

  38. Sean Parker Video Q&A @ Spotify f8 Party: Post-Napster Redemption, Music Discovery, Dubstep (Watch)

    September 23, 2011 5:21 PM EDT At last night's lavish "Celebration of Music" party in San Francisco, host Sean Parker finally got to have the Spotify launch party he always wanted, complete with Snoop Dogg, the Killers, Jane's Addiction, Kascade and a few ti ...

  39. J. Cole's Debut Arrives After Signing to Jay-Z's Roc Nation in 2009

    September 23, 2011 7:07 AM EDT There are 16 songs and three bonus tracks of tightly wound rhymes and sinewy beats on J. Cole's debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, but the 26-year-old rapper says that the true nature of the album lies in the material that didn� ...

  40. Backbeat: Eminem's Shady Records Open a Bodega In NYC Over the Weekend

    September 19, 2011 11:41 AM EDT Corner Shop: The Shady Records and Brisk bodega pop-up store opened-up in Manhattan's West Village last Saturday night. Brisk 's promotional partnership with Shady Records hit the ground running when the company's claymation Super B ...

  41. Backbeat: Nappy Roots Stop By Billboard, Talk 'Nappy Dot Org'

    September 16, 2011 11:31 AM EDT An Array of Dome Coverings: From Left: Nappy Roots members Fishscales, B. Stille, Big V (aka Vito), Skinny DeVille and Ron Clutch get reacquainted with Billboard's Gail Mitchell (second from left) and the gold plaque they autographed in 2002. ...

  42. Snoop Dogg, Warner Bros TV Developing Family Sitcom

    September 16, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Snoop Dogg could soon add sitcom star to his growing résumé. The rapper/reality TV star is developing a family sitcom at Warner Bros. TV in which he would star as the father. The project would reteam him with longtime producer Don Reo, with whom h ...

  43. Urban Wrestling Federation to Release Mixtape Featuring Rick Ross' Triple C's, More

    September 15, 2011 6:10 PM EDT The Urban Wrestling Federation, which launched earlier this year with its "First Blood" event, is planning to expand its presence in hip-hop music beyond the ring. When the UWF launched, it said that rappers such as Melle Mel, Big Block, ...

  44. DJ Mehdi's Death: Details Emerge, Condolences Pour In

    September 15, 2011 7:16 AM EDT More details emerged today (Sept. 14) on t he death of French electro DJ and hip-hop producer DJ Mehdi . According to Le Parisien , the artist had a few people over to celebrate Riton's birthday - his friend and Carte Blanche collaborator- in ...

  45. Exclusive: J. Cole to Launch MTV2's New Franchise 'Sucker Free Road to Release' Tonight

    September 14, 2011 8:39 AM EDT MTV2 is tonight (Sept. 14) launching "Sucker Free Road to Release," a new franchise chronicling the process behind hip-hop artists' album releases. The first installment will feature J. Cole and the worldwide video premiere of his t ...

  46. Backbeat: J. Cole Previews 'Cole World: The Sideline Story' at NYC Listening Party

    September 13, 2011 5:26 PM EDT From left: Billboard.com editorial assistant Jason Lipshutz; Roc Nation publicist Jana Fleishman; J. Cole; Billboard associate editor Erika Ramirez (Photo: Matt Campbell) /WireImage ) North Carolina rapper J. Cole previewed his long-awaited debut ...

  47. Production Team Stereotypes Joins Rapper Three As JON MCXRO

    September 09, 2011 5:00 PM EDT You can now add the Stereotypes (Far*East Movement, Chris Brown, Justin Beiber) to the growing list of songwriter/producers who aren't content to simply sit behind the studio boards. The Grammy Award-nominated production trio-Jonathan Yip, Je ...

  48. Odd Future Gets Television Show

    September 09, 2011 7:51 AM EDT Odd Future Get Television Show On the heels of Tyler, the Creator's best new artist win at the MTV Video Music Awards, his Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) is expanding their empire into the world of television. Adult Swim is pick ...

  49. Lil Wayne Snags 18 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    September 09, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Days after "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a massive 964,000 copies sold and lands 11 songs on the Hot 100 , Lil Wayne continued a memorable week by leading all nominations for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, whic ...

  50. Backbeat: Pusha T Joined by Odd Future's Tyler the Creator, Lloyd Banks, Others at NYC Showcase (Video)

    September 08, 2011 1:54 PM EDT Here's the Steeple: Odd Future's Tyler the Creator (left) and Pusha T perform at the Bowery Hotel (Photo: Mikey Yi) On a rainy Wednesday night in New York, Pusha T celebrated his newly inked deal with Def Jam and upcoming EP release, &qu ...

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