1. DMX, Naughty By Nature & More Salute Hip-Hop On Masters of Ceremony Reunion Tour

    April 02, 2014 4:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 Add another entry to this summer's national tour schedule: the 2014 Masters of Ceremony Hip-Hop Reunion. Featuring a master class of hip-hop artists—including DMX, Naughty By Nature, Rakim and Biz Markie—the tour kicks off July 11 at Miami' ...

  2. Essence Festival 2013: Trey Songz, Charlie Wilson, New Edition Liven Up The Superdome

    July 07, 2013 12:57 PM EDT Essence was in full swing Saturday (July 6), as attendance thickened and Friday’s rain took a day off to allow a full day of non-stop singing and dancing. Daytime highlights included McDonald’s Black 365 Awards, which were filmed for their first T ...

  3. Big Daddy Kane

    Big Daddy Kane

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  4. Backbeat: Jay-Z Wows A Sold Out Barclays Center On Opening Night

    September 29, 2012 10:17 AM EDT The Barclays Center looms over Brooklyn. (Photo: Steven J. Horowitz) Jay-Z doesn't just put on shows -- he stages events. After invading Philadelphia last month for his first annual "Made in America" festival, Hov returned to his na ...

  5. Jay-Z Pays Homage to Brooklyn at First Barclays Center Show

    September 29, 2012 8:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jay-Z doesn't just put on shows; he stages events. After invading Philadelphia last month for his first annual "Budweiser Made in America" festival, Hov returned to his native borough to christen Brooklyn's Barclays Center for th ...

  6. Chris Lighty 1968-2012: From The Bronx to Native Tongues to Top Hip-Hop Exec

    August 30, 2012 8:09 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died this morning of an ...

  7. Chris Lighty: 1968-2012

    August 30, 2012 7:35 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died the morning of Aug ...

  8. Tributes For Beastie Boys' Adam 'MCA' Yauch Pour In: Russell Simmons, Rev Run, Bill Adler, More

    May 04, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter and other sites in tribute to Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who passed away earlier today. We've collected a few below. More Adam 'MCA' Yauch Tributes: CeeLo Green, Roger Fa ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Heavy D Autopsy Results Inconclusive, Pending Toxicology Reports

    November 15, 2011 10:35 AM EST 0 0 0 A cause of death is still not officially known in the case of Heavy D . The late rapper and record producer died suddenly at the age of 44 on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The results from an autopsy have proven inconclusive and are pending the results of toxico ...

  11. Underground: Rapper Blitz Uses Old Tricks For New Pursuits

    March 30, 2010 5:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper/composer Blitz The Ambassador may be fairly new to the game, but he's got the smarts of a veteran when it comes to branding. The 27-year-old Brooklyn MC says plenty of times he's walked by people wearing his promotional T-shirt on t ...

  12. The Power Of Kristine W

    March 02, 2010 11:55 AM EST 0 0 0 This week, Kristine W scores her 15th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as "The Power of Music" ascends 2-1. In the list's history, which dates to 1974, the performer is now tied with Mariah Carey for third-most t ...

  13. Billboard Bits: Howard Stern, Whodini, Metric, Patti Smith and More

    February 09, 2010 6:40 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Contrary to popular reports, Howard Stern is not under consideration to replace Simon Cowell as "American Idol" judge. According to the Daily Be ...

  14. Grandmaster Flash Readies First Album In 20 Years

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST After a 20 year hiatus, Grandmaster Flash is prepping a studio album entitled "The Bridge: Concept Of A Culture." The LP will be released March 9 via Strut Records and Flash's own independent label, Adrenaline City Entertainment. Gu ...

  15. The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A look at James Brown's key April 1968 Boston Garden concert -- as well as his overall legacy. By the late '60s, notes Boston Globe contributor Sullivan, James Brown was "Soul Brother Number One to black America." On April 5, 196 ...

  16. Soul Legend Isaac Hayes Dies At 65

    August 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Isaac Hayes, the pioneering singer, songwriter and musician whose relentless "Theme From Shaft" won Academy and Grammy awards, has been found dead at his home in Memphis. He was 65. Isaac Hayes, the pioneering singer, songwriter and musici ...

  17. This Day in Music

    August 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - A van driven by blues guitarist Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz) overturns, injuring Horowitz and two band members, keyboard player Dave Keyes and drummer Rod Gross. 2002 - A van driven by blues guitarist Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz) overturns, injur ...

  18. Roots Ready To Rock The Classics On VH1 Tour

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Being up for a new challenge is how Roots drummer ?uestlove explains the act's involvement with the first VH1 Hip-Hop Honors tour, which kicks off Sept. 13 in San Francisco. Being up for a new challenge is how Roots drummer ?uestlove explains t ...

  19. This Day in Music

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - A van driven by blues guitarist Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz) overturns, injuring Horowitz and two band members, keyboard player Dave Keyes and drummer Rod Gross. 2002 - A van driven by blues guitarist Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz) overturns, injur ...

  20. Billboard Bits: UGK, 'Arthur And The Invisibles' & More

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Originally due Dec. 19 via Jive, rap duo UGK's long-awaited new album, "U.G.K. Underground Kingz," has been pushed back to Feb. 27. Originally due Dec. 19 via Jive, rap duo UGK's long-awaited new album, "U.G.K. Underground K ...

  21. Jazzy Jeff Nabs Meth, De La, Rhymefest For Solo Set

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 DJ Jazzy Jeff is putting the finishing touches on "The Return of the Magnificent," the follow-up to his 2002 solo debut "The Magnificent" (Rapster). Due early next year, the entirely self-produced dis DJ Jazzy Jeff is putting the ...

  22. UGK Dropping Double Album In December

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Southern rap titans UGK will release their first new album since 2001's "Dirty Money" before the end of the year. "U.G.K. Underground Kingz" is due Dec. 19 via Jive and will feature 20 songs spread ac Southern rap titans UGK ...

  23. This Day in Music

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>Gilles Thibault, who co-penned the hit "Comme D'Habitude," which Paul Anka adapted to English as "My Way," dies in Paris of unknown causes. He is 72.<br clear="none"/><br clear=&q ...

  24. Nas Declares 'Hip Hop Is Dead'

    May 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Recent Def Jam signee Nas will deliver his first album for the label, "Hip-Hop Is Dead," in late September. The rapper made the announcement last night (May 18) while performing on the first leg of la Recent Def Jam signee Nas will deliver ...

  25. Billboard Bits: Rhymefest, Guster/LaMontagne, Bang On A Can

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 News on Rhymefest, Guster/LaMontagne, Bang On A Can Chicago rapper Rhymefest has set July 11 as the new release date for his major-label debut, "Blue Collar," originally due April 18. The disc will be distributed via producer Mark Ronson&# ...

  26. Hayes Digging Stax-Era Retrospective

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Soul man Isaac Hayes' years with Stax Records are collected on the new double-disc set "Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It?," released last week. Soul man Isaac Hayes' years with Stax Records are collected on the new double-dis ...

  27. Top Acts Sign On For VH1 Hip-Hop Honors

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Some of the biggest names of hip-hop past and present will be on hand for the second VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, to be broadcast on the music channel Sept. 26 from New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Some of the biggest names of hip-hop past and present w ...

  28. This Day in Music

    August 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>Gilles Thibault, who co-penned the hit "Comme D'Habitude," which Paul Anka adapted to English as "My Way," dies in Paris of unknown causes. He is 72.<br clear="none"/><br clear=&q ...

  29. Coach Carter

    January 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Like 1989's "Lean On Me," starring Morgan Freeman, "Coach Carter" revolves around academic performance. The film, starring Samuel L. Jackson, is inspired by the story of Richmond, Calif. Like 1989's "Lean On Me,&qu ...

  30. New, Classic Tracks Power 'Def Jam Fight'

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Familiar classics from the likes of Public Enemy, LL Cool J and Ice T mingle with new offerings from Joe Budden and Xzibit on the in-game soundtrack to "Def Jam Fight for NY." Familiar classics from the likes of Public Enemy, LL Cool J and ...

  31. The Tipping Point

    July 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 On its sixth studio set, the Philadelphia-based quartet—drummer ?uestlove, MC Black Thought, keyboardist Kamal and bassist Leonard Hubbard—returns to hip-hop basics. On its sixth studio set, the Philadelphia-based quartet—drummer ?uestlove, MC Black ...

  32. Hot Product

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Roots 'Point' Taken On its sixth studio set, "The Tipping Point," Philadelphia-based quartet the Roots -- drummer ?uestlove, MC Black Thought, keyboardist Kamal and bassist Leonard Hubbard-- returns to hip-hop basics. An homa ...

  33. This Day in Music

    August 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>A van driven by blues guitarist Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz) overturns, injuring Horowitz and two band members, keyboard player Dave Keyes and drummer Rod Gross. 2002 - A van driven by blues guitarist Popa Chubby (Ted Horowit ...

  34. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of June 30-July 6, 2003. There's more music in the air than usual this week, thanks to Friday's Fourth of July celebrations across the country. A&E will broadcast &qu ...

  35. Power in Numbers

    October 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Who said nice guys finish last? Fun-loving hip-hop outfit Jurassic 5 scores again with Power in Numbers, the follow-up to its critically acclaimed major-label debut, 2000's Quality Control. Who said nice guys finish last? Fun-loving hip-hop out ...

  36. Jurassic 5 Fights The 'Power'

    August 05, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 California-based hip-hop outfit Jurassic 5 has set an Oct. 8 release date for its sophomore Interscope set, "Power in Numbers." The set is the follow-up to 2000's "Quality Control," which debuted at N California-based hip-ho ...

  37. This Day in Music

    August 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Country artist Clint Black hosts the third annual Family Television Awards ceremony at the Beverly (Hills, Calif.) Hilton Hotel. 2001 - Country artist Clint Black hosts the third annual Family Television Awards ceremony at ...

  38. 30Tunes

    July 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music-related television listings for July 22-28, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JULY 22 "Top of the Pops," BBC America Featured Artists: Bryan Adams, Ashanti, Nelly, Dee Dee, DJ Marky, D ...

  39. Life Force Radio

    June 01, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Good, old-fashioned hip-hop gets a shot in the arm with Afu-Ra's sophomore set, Life Force Radio. Good, old-fashioned hip-hop gets a shot in the arm with Afu-Ra's sophomore set, Life Force Radio. For those familiar with Afu's 2000 deb ...

  40. Billboard Bits: Missy Elliot, Big Daddy Kane, Matthew Sweet

    February 08, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 News on Missy Elliot, Big Daddy Kane, Matthew Sweet, Jay-Z, Method Man, Redman, Eve, Ludacris, Ginuwine, Timbaland, Nisan Stewart, Dante Nolan. "Let's just say -- if there are any rules left to be broken... I'm breakin' 'em! ...