1. BET Experience 2015: The Roots, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes & More Pay Tribute to J Dilla

    June 28, 2015 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Day three of BET Experience brought some serious hip-hop heads to L.A. Live's Club Nokia on Saturday night (June 27). Black Thought, Questlove and the rest of The Roots were joined by Erykah Badu and a grab bag of other artists to pay homage to ...

  2. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Aim To Melt Your Cynicism On 'Surf'

    May 30, 2015 3:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 The origins of Surf , Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's new release, are hard to explain. A lot of the attention the album's received stems from the involvement of Chance the Rapper , a virtuosic MC from Chicago, though this isn ...

  3. Chance the Rapper's Experimental Album 'Surf' Has Arrived on iTunes…and it's Free

    May 29, 2015 12:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Chance the Rapper has ratcheted up the “surprise release” strategy to the next level. The Chicago rapper has quietly dropped his collaborative Social Experiment album on iTunes, where it’s available to download for free. If that’s not enough of a su ...

  4. Ask Billboard: Janet Jackson's Biggest Billboard Hits

    May 19, 2015 11:05 AM EDT As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 JANET JACKSON ...

  5. Nick Cannon's 'Make It Pop': How He Mixed K-Pop & Nickelodeon Culture for Hit Kids Show

    April 28, 2015 2:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 The rapper/actor/TV exec also teases his upcoming dancehall flick featuring Busta Rhymes, Beenie Man & more. Nearly everything about Nickelodeon's new show  Make It Pop  sounds similar to what TV fans have already seen -- including the plat ...

  6. New Year's Eve 2014: A Musical Guide

    December 30, 2014 7:31 PM EST 3.233 k 155 76 0 Nevermind that snow may hit Las Vegas on New Year's Eve -- the desert destination may have quietly usurped New York City as the country's most banging music hotspot to ring in 2015. This year, everyone from Jennifer Lopez , Lady ...

  7. Top 20 Christmas Rap Songs

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST No one has the type of holiday spirit as a rapper. From Kanye West to Run-D.M.C. , they're spins on Christmas classics or originals range from the hilarious, weird to serious, but all stay true to themselves. Busta Rhymes -- whose Jim Carrey- ...

  8. Watch: Busta Rhymes Falls Off Stage at O.T. Genasis Concert in New York

    November 29, 2014 11:07 AM EST Busta Rhymes took a nasty spill during an O.T. Genasis concert at New York’s Webster Hall on early Friday morning (Nov. 28). Busta Rhymes and Eminem Team Up For 'Calm Down' Collaboration With a cigar in one hand and a bottle of liquor in ...

  9. Lecrae Breaks New Ground as Christian Rapper, Looks to Kanye West for Inspiration

    October 07, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Lecrae is dubbed a Christian rapper, but he considers himself a rapper who happens to be Christian. The Grammy-winning artist (his album Gravity  won for best gospel album last year) is trying to avoid being boxed into one genre. "I didn' ...

  10. Nas Talks 'Lost Tapes' Follow-Up at 'Time Is Illmatic' Premiere

    October 01, 2014 10:58 PM EDT Excitement was mounting at New York City's Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday night, as celebrities took a trip down the red carpet and memory lane with the premiere of Time Is Illmatic , the Nas documentary from One9 and Erik Parker . "I a ...

  11. Chris Brown's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    September 16, 2014 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chris Brown 's talent is proven. Setting the singer's tumultuous personal history aside, Brown's musical career has been pristine since he first stepped onto the scene at age 16. Brown has made a big impact on the Billboard charts alo ...

  12. Souls of Mischief & Snoop Dogg, 'There Is Only Now': Exclusive Video Premiere

    July 01, 2014 1:05 PM EDT 2 1 0 Five years after the release of "Montezuma's Revenge," Souls of Mischief prep their sixth studio album, "There Is Only Now." The legendary Oakland, Calif. act – consisting of A-Plus,  Opio, Phesto and Tajai – give a sneak pe ...

  13. Busta Rhymes and Eminem Team Up For 'Calm Down' Collaboration

    June 30, 2014 1:17 PM EDT 4 3 0 Busta Rhymes and Eminem do the contrary of "Calm Down" on their new collaboration. Busta's Scoop DeVille-produced single features the two rappers spitting rapid rhymes about those who hate on them, or simply who they hate. While Busta ...

  14. Mariah Carey's 25 Biggest Billboard Hits

    June 03, 2014 12:46 PM EDT 2.22 k 209 0 On this date 25 years ago, June 2, 1990, Mariah Carey began her incomparable Billboard chart career. "Retro-flavored pop/R&B ballad has all the elements necessary to propel newcomer to diva status: infectious melodies, lush instrumen ...

  15. Coachella 2014: Beyonce, Lorde, Pharrell Most Tweeted Artists Saturday

    April 13, 2014 6:32 PM EDT 1.475 k 451 0 Beyonce, Lorde and Pharrell were Coachella's most tweeted about artists Saturday at Coachella. Coachella 2014! •  Photos:  Live at Coachella •  Photos:  Backstage at Coachella •  Pharrell  Rules with Snoop, Gwen Stefani •  Jay-Z & B ...

  16. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Hits No. 1 on Hot 100

    February 26, 2014 1:18 PM EST After two weeks at No. 2, the song rises to the top, dethroning Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse,' featuring Juicy J, after four weeks at the summit. Plus, John Legend lands his first top 10. Clap for Pharrell Williams, whose bouncy single ...

  17. Eminem, Dr. Dre, Diddy Headline 'Live Playlist' At Beats Music's Over-Capacity Launch Party

    January 25, 2014 4:42 AM EST 0 0 0 Beats Music welcomed its new streaming service with a splashy launch concert at the Belasco Theatre where guests like Eminem, Diddy, Mase, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Ice Cube, Bone Thugz N Harmony and Beats co-founder Dr. Dre himself all played their hits a ...

  18. Eminem, Diddy, Ice Cube Among Legendary Hip-Hop Line-Up Playing Tonight's Beats Music Launch Party

    January 25, 2014 2:00 AM EST Billboard and THR have learned that Eminem will be performing at tonight's Beats Music launch party along with a constellation of primarily old school hip-hop luminaries that includes, Ice Cube, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Geto Boys, Metho ...

  19. Will.i.am Pre-GRAMMY Charity Event Raises $2.4M

    January 24, 2014 9:11 PM EST 0 0 0 Los Angeles event features performances from Busta Rhymes, Chaka Khan, more It was an old-school party at will.i.am's annual pre-GRAMMY charity concert as veteran rap stars like Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh rocked a capacity crowd along with th ...

  20. Bruce Springsteen Nabs 10th Chart-Topper in Britain with 'High Hopes'

    January 20, 2014 5:40 AM EST Bruce Springsteen notched his tenth No. 1 album in the U.K. yesterday (Jan. 19) with “High Hopes” (Columbia/Sony Music), as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) moved past the half-million sales mark to stake another week atop the singles chart.  ...

  21. Bruce Springsteen's 'High Hopes' Opens At No. 1 in Britain

    January 20, 2014 4:07 AM EST Bruce Springsteen notched his tenth No. 1 album in the U.K. Sunday (Jan. 19) with “High Hopes” (Columbia/Sony Music), as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) moved past the half-million sales mark to stake another week atop the singles chart.  Sp ...

  22. Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes Release 'The Abstract & The Dragon' Mixtape: Listen

    December 12, 2013 1:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip team up for their collaborative mixtape, "The Abstract & The Dragon." The 28-song mixtape is laced with new collaborations, remixes and old school hits of their own ("Scenario," "Vivrant Thing" ...

  23. Chart Moves: Interscope Replaces Itself at No. 1 on Billboard 200, 'Ellen DeGeneres' Debuts in Top 40

    November 21, 2013 7:57 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart , Lady Gaga replaced her labelmate Eminem atop the list as “ARTPOP” debuted at No. 1 with 258,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" fell to No. 2 w ...

  24. Zebra Katz Talks Busta Rhymes, Covering Tiffany's 'I Think We’re Alone Now' & 'DRKLNG' Mixtape

    May 24, 2013 3:43 PM EDT Since releasing his eagerly anticipated "DRKLNG" mixtape last week, Ojay Morgan hasn’t done much talking. The 25-year old, Brooklyn-based darkwave rapper and multimedia artist, the force behind mischievous alter ego Zebra Katz, opted to ...

  25. Hashtag Music: Do Twitter-Friendly Song Titles Make a #Difference?

    May 22, 2013 2:34 PM EDT Hashtag songs are here. Just in the past month, we've seen three major artists -- Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez -- tack the number symbol all too familiar to Twitter and social media users to the beginnings of their songs. ...

  26. Talib Kweli, 'Prisoner of Conscious': Video Track-By-Track

    May 07, 2013 12:56 PM EDT Two years after "Gutter Rainbows" (2011) peaked at No. 7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Talib Kweli delivers his fifth studio album, "Prisoner of Conscious." "Prisoner of Conscious" went through "different change ...

  27. Backbeat: Annual Cash Money Party Brings Big Names, Big Plans and Blunt Smoke with Pre-Grammy Revelry

    February 10, 2013 5:43 PM EST Above: Entertainment attorney Vernon Brown (far left, black tie), recent Cash Money signee Aziatix (center), Cash Money CEO Ronald "Slim" Williams (far right, black hat) If there was any question that Young Money Cash Money Billionaire ...

  28. Mystikal to Release 'Original' Album in June

    February 07, 2013 1:06 PM EST Twelve years after releasing his sixth studio album, "Tarantula" (2001), Mystikal is back in the studio recording. The rapper is currently working on his forthcoming album, "Original," expected to debut in June. "The sound ...

  29. PJ Morton Exclusive Song Premiere: 'Only One' feat. Stevie Wonder

    January 28, 2013 10:00 AM EST With an expansive fan base and the success of his 2012 EP, "Following My First Mind," PJ Morton has managed to create quite a buzz for himself. But the singer-songwriter, producer and Maroon 5 keyboardist is ready to kick it up a notch ...

  30. Trinidad James: 'I Don't Think I've Made It'

    January 08, 2013 1:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Read what's in store for the 25-year-old hip-hop phenom. Trinidad James is the proverbial hip-hop overnight success story. In a matter of months, the 25-year-old neophyte went from slinging streetwear at a boutique in his hometown of Atlanta to ...

  31. N.O.R.E. Changes Name to P.A.P.I., Releases 'Tadow' Video

    January 07, 2013 2:25 PM EST 0 0 0 New year, new N.O.R.E. After 16 years in the rap game, Noreaga has changed his name to P.A.P.I. "Sometimes if you're lost, the best way to find where you're at is to go to the beginning," P.A.P.I. told MTV News . "My mother ...

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  33. T.I.: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 26, 2012 1:00 PM EST 0 0 0 "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 ...

  34. AraabMUZIK Talks New Album, Skrillex, Diplo Collaborations

    November 25, 2012 5:30 PM EST 0 0 0 AraabMUZIK is dreaming up his next album. The hip-hop producer/MPC mastermind initially came onto the scene producing New York hip-hop crew The Diplomats. Since then, he's gone on to collaborate with big names such as Cam'ron, Busta Rhymes ...

  35. Presidential Debate 2012, Round 3: Musicians React on Twitter

    October 23, 2012 12:09 AM EDT 0 0 0 In the third and final presidential debate, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney faced off on foreign policy -- prompting zingers and thoughtful disagreements alike. As America prepares to head the polls, the music world weighed in as well. Some cracked jok ...

  36. BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012: Chris Lighty Tribute, Cyphers & Winners

    October 10, 2012 8:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 More than a week after the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards were taped in Atlanta, the annual show honoring the best in rap aired Tuesday night (October 9). The show started off strong with a performance by Wiz Khalifa . After rocking his single, "Work ...

  37. 50 Cent Debuts Too Short-Assisted Single, 'First Date': Listen

    October 03, 2012 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 The rapper also made amends with Fat Joe at the BET Hip-Hop Awards for the late Chris Lighty. With a month away from the release of his fifth studio album, "Street King Immortal," 50 Cent drops his newest single, "First Date," to ...

  38. BET Hip-Hop Awards Marred by Backstage Scuffle

    September 30, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in th ...

  39. Scuffle Backstage at BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 30, 2012 12:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in the ...

  40. Cher Lloyd Ready to Swing 'Sticks' at U.S.

    September 21, 2012 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 U.K. 'X Factor' Star's 'Sticks + Stones' Arrives Oct. 2 ... 'She's the New Britney Spears,' Boasts Label Prior to her 2010 audition for U.K. series "The X Factor," Cher Lloyd seemed like an average, ...

  41. Top 7 British Female Rappers Making Noise

    September 10, 2012 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Since its birth in the 1970s, hip-hop has been dominated mostly by men. Along the way, though, we have been blessed with some strong females who like to rock the mic too, and even best their male counterparts. From Roxanne Shanté to Nicki Minaj , ea ...

  42. Chris Lighty's Funeral Draws Hip-Hop Royalty

    September 05, 2012 4:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Diddy, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons Among Mourners in NYC LL Cool J and Sean "Diddy" Combs were among the stars who packed a standing-room-only funeral chapel Wednesday to pay their respects to music-industry mogul Chris L ...

  43. Chris Lighty Remembered by Russell Simmons, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Others At NYC Funeral Service

    September 05, 2012 3:00 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Hip-hop royalty including LL Cool J and Sean "Diddy" Combs packed a standing-room-only funeral chapel Wednesday to pay their respects to music-industry mogul Chris Lighty. Mourners at the Manhattan funeral home also inclu ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Chris Lighty Remembered By Larry Mestel, Diddy, Rev Run, 50 Cent, Russell Simmons, More

    August 30, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Veteran hip-hop manager and founder of Violator Management Chris Lighty passed away earlier today. One of the most influential managers in hip-hop music, Lighty worked with such luminaries as Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Nas, Mobb Deep, Mariah ...

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