Rapping

  1. Backbeat: Azealia Banks Brings a Mermaid Ball to NYC

    June 04, 2012 5:58 PM EDT (Photo: Jessica Chanen) One thing was made clear early on at Azealia Banks ' first-ever headlining set in her native 212 area code on Sunday night (June 4), even before entering the throes of Bowery Ballroom : this was not a grimy New York hi ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Gil Scott-Heron Dead at 62

    May 28, 2011 12:54 AM EDT NEW YORK - Musician Gil Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died Friday at age 62. A f ...

  4. Bob Dylan to Play Grammys, Dr. Dre To Perform With Eminem

    February 10, 2011 9:04 AM EST The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) has saved its biggest performance news for last: Today the music industry association announced legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will perform at Sunday night's 53rd annual Gra ...

  5. New Film Explores The Decline In Female Rappers

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For more than a decade the number of women rappers signed to major American record labels has been in steady decline, leading hip-hop industry experts to ask, where have all the female rappers gone? The 1980s and 1990s saw the rise of women rap st ...

  6. LL Cool J Primed For Grammy Nominations Concert

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST LL Cool J is paying tribute the best way he knows how. The 41-year-old rapper-actor will kick off "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" on Wednesday night by rapping to a medley of the past year ...

  7. Lil Wayne, Birdman Hit With Copyright Suit In NYC

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Florida man wants rappers Lil Wayne and Birdman to show him respect — for using his voice on a song with that title. Thomas Marasciullo filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Friday in a Manhattan federal court against the rappers, their record ...

  8. Rakim Readies 'The Seventh Seal' For Fall Release

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "The Seventh Seal," the long-anticipated album by rap legend Rakim, is slated for release in the fall, Billboard has learned exclusively. The project's first single, "Holy Are You," will drop July 28. The album is being re ...

  9. McCartney, Radiohead To Rock Grammy Telecast

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Justin Timberlake and the quadruple threat of Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West have been added to the performance lineup for the 51st annual Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 8 at Los Angeles' Staples Center. McCa ...

  10. Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Grammy Nominee Field

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Tha Carter III?" Not even close. Try "Tha Carter VIII." Lil Wayne - who is on track to have the best-selling album of 2008 - also leads the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with eight nods, including album of the ...

  11. Banner Sounds Off On Hip-Hop Lyric Controversy

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT On Sept. 26, David Banner joined fellow MC Master P, music industry executives and scholars to discuss offensive language in hip-hop music before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Reading from a statement, the 33-year-old Mississippi rapper ...

  12. Twista Speaks On Congressional Hearings

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As rappers David Banner and Master P joined more than a dozen representatives on Capitol Hill today for a hearing on the content of hip-hop and rap lyrics , fellow MC Twista weighed-in, stating "hip-hop music is just a scapegoat." " ...

  13. Hip-Hop Hits Capitol Hill

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The banter between hip-hop artist David Banner and Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., heated up this afternoon during a hearing on Capitol Hill about hip-hop and rap lyrics. Markey kept trying to get a commitment from Banner to start conveying a "s ...

  14. Red Bull Sponsors MC Battle

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For the third consecutive year energy drink company Red Bull is sponsoring the Red Bull Batalla de los Gallos (The Red Bull Rooster Battle), a contest for Spanish speaking freestyle MCs. The first round of the battle takes place Sept. 9 at Ibiza N ...

  15. NYC to Host Hip-Hop Honors Week

    March 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Six-day celebration will run Oct. 12-17. A six-day celebration of hip-hop culture will be held in October along with VH1's third annual "Hip-Hop Honors" show, network and city officials announced Thursday (March 30). Mayor Michael B ...

  16. On The Road

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hip-hop concerts are not always what they are cracked up to be in the United States, but rap is exceeding expectations in Dubai. Read Ray Waddell's column. Hip-hop concerts are not always what they are cracked up to be in the United States, b ...

  17. Harvard, Berklee Offer Services To Artists

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Struggling musicians can turn to Harvard University's hallowed halls for help. Now in its sixth year, Harvard Law School's Recording Artists' Project (RAP) offers legal assistance to Boston area artis LOS ANGELES--Struggling musicia ...

  18. Beats & Rhymes

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jacki-O joins the ranks of such female MCs as Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown and Trina with her single "Nookie (Real Good)." Jacki-O joins the ranks of such female MCs as Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown and Trina with her single "Nookie (Real ...

  19. Beats & Rhymes

    January 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST Billboard's crystal ball reveals who should win -- and who will actually win -- Grammy awards in the rap categories. Billboard's crystal ball reveals who should win -- and who will actually win -- Grammy awards in the rap categories. New ...

  20. Beats & Rhymes

    January 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST Billboard's crystal ball reveals who should win -- and who will actually win -- Grammy awards in the rap categories. Billboard's crystal ball reveals who should win -- and who will actually win -- Grammy awards in the rap categories. New ...