1. Lee Daniels' Business Partner Claims Damon Dash Is 'Libel-Proof'

    November 12, 2014 4:25 PM EST Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder is suing Daniels over profits from 'The Butler' & other projects. Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash 's defamation claim against Canyon Entertainment president Simone Sheffield might best be ...

  2. R.F.C.'s Smoke DZA & Al-Doe, 'They Got Money,' Featuring Damon Dash: Exclusive Song Premiere

    October 20, 2014 2:25 PM EDT DZA's R.F.C. Music Group will release their debut album, The Outsiders, on Nov. 18. Smoke DZA is inaugurating his new imprint, R.F.C. Music Group, with their debut album, The Outsiders . The LP, out Nov. 18 through iHipHop Distribution, will ...

  3. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the late 90s and early aughts, before the world ever really knew who he was, Kanye West was merely just a record producer. He cut his teeth ghost-producing tracks for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Diddy's Hitmen product ...

  4. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST 4.867 k 5.63 k 423 In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It sti ...

  5. Damon Dash Talks Aaliyah Posthumous Album

    August 14, 2012 1:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 'Anytime I can hear her voice, that's a good thing," he said of the upcoming full-length. While many are saddened by the idea of an Aaliyah posthumous album without the participation of her lifelong friends collaborators, Missy Eillio ...

  6. Roc-A-Fella Records Co-Founder Kareem Burke Pleads Guilty to Pot Trafficking

    March 15, 2012 7:11 PM EDT Kareem Burke, a.k.a. "Biggs," a co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records along with Jay-Z and Damon Dash, has plead guilty in Manhattan to a charge of conspiracy to distribute, as well as a charge of possession with intent to distribute, over 1 ...

  7. Jay-Z's Rocawear Recently Laid Off Half Its Staff

    January 18, 2012 7:37 PM EST Jay-Z's personal life and rapping career may be flourishing, but a recent report suggests the fashion line the mogul started over a decade ago may not be doing so well. According to the New York Post , Jay-Z's hip-hop clothing line, Roca ...

  8. Black Keys' Blakroc Project Returns with Wiz Khalifa, Jay Electronica

    September 02, 2011 4:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Black Keys will once again fuse indie rock and hip-hop by breaking out their Blakroc project for album number two. The Akron, Ohio duo unveiled a coming attraction for the album on Tuesday (Aug. 30), which shows footage of rappers Wiz Khalifa , ...

  9. There's Something About Aaliyah

    August 25, 2011 1:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 There's something about her. To this day, even 10 years after her passing on August 25, 2001, Aaliyah draws you in. Her allure lies upon the medley of her velvety vocals and her effortless transition from vulnerability to sensuality and back ag ...

  10. Damon Dash Talks Losing Aaliyah: 'Nothing Prepares You for That'

    August 24, 2011 8:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Thursday marks ten years since we were struck with the devastating news that one of music's most talented artists, Aaliyah , had died in a small plane crash in The Bahamas. Keyshia Cole, Monica, SWV, Ciara & More Female Singers Talk Aaliyah ...

  11. Curren$y Keeps Climbing With New Mixtape and Merchandising Deal

    June 24, 2011 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Don't be fooled by the billowing cloud of fragrant smoke: Curren$y is a shrewd businessman. Despite five record deals in less than 10 years, including one with No Limit and another with Cash Money Records, and still no "official" solo ...

  12. DJ Megatron Shot To Death at 32

    March 27, 2011 11:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Urban radio and TV personality DJ Megatron, who built a career at hip-hop and R&B radio stations from Philadelphia to Boston and told viewers of a popular music TV show "What's Good," was shot to death early Sunday, his manager an ...

  13. Roc-A-Fella's Kareem 'Biggs' Burke Does Perp Walk

    October 18, 2010 11:37 AM EDT 0 0 0 As you probably already know, Roc-A-Fella founder Kareem "Biggs" Burke was arrested late last week for his allegedly involvement in a narcotic ring. Today, a video of Biggs doing the the perp walk hit the net. SMH. Video: Kareem "Bigg ...

  14. Roc-A-Fella Founder Arrested in Marijuana Ring Bust

    October 15, 2010 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Raids targeting a wholesale marijuana ring based in New York and Florida resulted in the arrests of 45 people, including one of the founders of the Roc-A-Fella record label, prosecutors said Friday. Kareem Burke, who started the hip-hop label with J ...

  15. Nine Things We'll Never Forget About Aaliyah

    August 25, 2010 4:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nine years ago today, Aaliyah was tragically killed in a plane crash, marking the too-soon end of one of the music industry's most unique voices. Here's our list of nine things we'll never forget about Aaliyah's too-brief time in ...

  16. The Daily Noise 9.28.2009 - Billboard.com

    The Daily Noise 9.28.2009 - Billboard.com

    September 28, 2009 2:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Speech Debelle is on the rise after Mercury win, Mos Def to film documentary about black punk pioneers, and Karen O goes "Where the Wild Things Are". Kasabian , Death , where the wild things are , Bill Werde , The Daily Noise , Fuse , bat ...

  17. Black Keys Reveal Blakroc Hip-Hop Project Details

    September 11, 2009 6:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 An album featuring the Black Keys and some of the biggest names in hip-hop will be released Nov. 27 (the so-called "Black Friday" day after Thanksgiving) under the name Blakroc, Billboard.com can reveal. The project sports contributions fr ...

  18. Roc-A-Fella Remaining At Def Jam ... For Now

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Contrary to online rumors, Def Jam has not dropped the entire Roc-A-Fella Records roster, Billboard.com has learned. Roc-A-Fella artists include Kanye West, Freeway, Beanie Sigel, Tru Life, DJ Clue, M Contrary to online rumors, Def Jam has not dropp ...

  19. Posthumous ODB Album Finally Ready For Release

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The release date for "A Son Unique" coincides with the two-year anniversary of ODB's death at a New York recording studio. Originally due in the summer of 2005, the last album from late Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard will ...

  20. Murder Inc. Prosecution Completes Closing Arguments

    November 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Jay-Z, Russell Simmons, Ashanti and Ja Rule came to show support for Irv and Chris Lorenzo "Gotti" as the prosecution and defense submitted their closing arguments on day seven of Murder Inc.'s money Jay-Z, Russell Simmons, Ashanti an ...

  21. Former Employee Testifies In Murder Inc. Case

    November 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The prosecution called former Murder Inc. employee Donell Nichols to testify today (Nov. 17) as the money laundering trial of Irv and Chris Lorenzo entered its second day. The prosecution called former Murder Inc. employee Donell Nichols to testify ...

  22. Jay-Z, Nas Bury The Hatchet At N.Y. Show

    October 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 New York rappers Jay-Z and Nas ended their longtime feud and promoted peace on-stage last night (Oct. 27) during New York radio station Power 105.1's Power House concert at New Jersey's Continental Ai New York rappers Jay-Z and Nas ended t ...

  23. Beanie Sigel Acquitted On Murder Charge

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper Beanie Sigel was acquitted today (Sept. 26) in Philadelphia on charges he shot and nearly killed a man two years ago on a crowded city street. Rapper Beanie Sigel was acquitted today (Sept. 26) in Philadelphia on charges he shot and nearly ki ...

  24. Sigel's Attempted Murder Trial Gets Underway

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Just weeks after leaving federal prison, rapper Beanie Sigel was back in Philadelphia court yesterday (Sept. 21) defending himself on charges he shot and nearly killed a man two years ago on a crowded Just weeks after leaving federal prison, rapper ...

  25. Hot Product

    August 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Beanie Sigel / Flaming Lips DVD Drama The lead-up to incarcerated rapper Beanie Sigel's recent hit album, "The B.Coming," is at the center of the DVD "The B.Coming of Beanie Sigel." Due this week via Damon Dash Music Group, ...

  26. Billboard Bits: Beanie Sigel, Opry Cruise, Live 8

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 News on Beanie Sigel, Opry Cruise, Live 8 The lead-up to incarcerated rapper Beanie Sigel's recent album, "The B.Coming," is at the center of the DVD "The B.Coming of Beanie Sigel." Due July 26 via Damon Dash Music Group, th ...

  27. Damon Dash, IDJ Call It Quits

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for the Damon Dash Music Group just three months into the deal, sources familiar with the situation confirm. NEW YORK -- Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint ve ...

  28. Rhino Prepares 'Definitive' ODB Set

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Late rap icon Ol' Dirty Bastard's unique discography will be celebrated on the upcoming compilation "The Definitive Ol' Dirty Bastard Story." Late rap icon Ol' Dirty Bastard's unique discography will be celebrated ...

  29. Damon Dash, IDJ Call It Quits

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Joint venture off after three months. Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for the Damon Dash Music Group just three months into the deal, sources familiar with the situation confirm. Word of an official split could co ...

  30. Damon Dash, IDJ Call It Quits

    May 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for the Damon Dash Music Group just three months into the deal, sources familiar with the situation confirm. Damon Dash and Island Def Jam are calling off their joint venture for th ...

  31. ODB 'Unique' As Ever On Posthumous Album

    April 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The album rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard was working on when he died last fall has been christened "A Son Unique" and will be released June 21. The album rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard was working on when he died last fall has been christene ...

  32. Jail Can't 'Stop' New Sigel Album

    March 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Incarcerated rapper Beanie Sigel returns to the spotlight tomorrow (March 5), when AOL Music's First Listen initiative begins streaming his new single, "Don't Stop." Incarcerated rapper Beanie Sigel returns to the spotlight tomor ...

  33. Wu-Tang To Honor ODB On Posthumous Album

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The surviving members of the Wu-Tang Clan have regrouped to record a tribute to the late Ol' Dirty Bastard, who died in November while working on his first album since being released from jail in 2003 The surviving members of the Wu-Tang Clan h ...

  34. Dash Spreads Wings With New Music Group

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed a new music company, the Damon Dash Music Group, with Kareem "Biggs" Burke, who co-founded Roc-A-Fella with Dash and Jay-Z. Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed a new mus ...

  35. Roc-A-Fella Co-Founders Form New Co

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed a new music company, the Damon Dash Music Group, with Kareem "Biggs" Burke. The two co-founded Roc-A-Fella with Jay-Z. Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed a new music ...

  36. Jay-Z Named Def Jam President/CEO

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Jay-Z -- artist, producer and entrepreneur -- has been named president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings. He will report directly to Antonio "LA" Reid, chairman of the Island Def Jam Music Group. Based in Jay-Z -- artist, producer and entrepre ...

  37. New York Funeral Set For ODB

    November 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A funeral for ODB is set for today (Nov. 18) in the New York borough of Brooklyn. Family and friends the troubled rapper, whose real name was Russell Jones, focused on the positives in his life. A funeral for ODB is set for today (Nov. 18) in the Ne ...

  38. Ol' Dirty Bastard Collapses, Dies In Studio

    November 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who lived a life as wild as his lyrics, collapsed and died inside a recording studio today (Nov. 13). He was 35. The artist, whose real name was Russell Jones, had complained Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who lived a ...

  39. Jay-Z In Talks For Def Jam Presidency

    October 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A source is denying reports that Island Def Jam is close to a deal to make rap mogul Jay-Z its president. Negotiations are ongoing, but no details have been finalized, says the source. A source is denying reports that Island Def Jam is close to a de ...

  40. Film Spotlights Jay-Z's New York Bash

    October 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jay-Z is headed to the big screen in the Paramount Classics documentary film "Fade to Black," which opens Nov. 5 in U.S. theaters. Jay-Z is headed to the big screen in the Paramount Classics documentary film "Fade to Black," whic ...

  41. Dash Unveils Rocbox Digital Music Player

    October 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Damon Dash's ROC Properties is getting into the digital-music player business with a new series of devices known as the Rocbox. Damon Dash's ROC Properties is getting into the digital-music player business with a new series of devices kn ...

  42. Island Def Jam Eyes Roc-A-Fella Buy

    September 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Damon Dash label has Kanye West, others. Damon Dash label has Kanye West, others. News Kanye West , Damon Dash ...

  43. Island Def Jam Eyes Roc-A-Fella Buy

    September 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Damon Dash is in negotiations to sell his Roc-A-Fella Records imprint to Island Def Jam, sources say. Damon Dash is in negotiations to sell his Roc-A-Fella Records imprint to Island Def Jam, sources say. Details of the deal were not available; a D ...

  44. Jay-Z's 'Streets' Heads To DVD

    August 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The 1998 film "Streets Is Watching," which chronicles rapper Jay-Z's background and rise to prominence, will be released Oct. 5 on DVD by Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam. The 1998 film "Streets Is Watching," which chronicles rapper Jay- ...

  45. Dash ROCs Into U.K. Urban Music

    May 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Roc-A-Fella Records has demonstrated its interest in the British urban music scene with its sponsorship of this year's U.K. Urban Music Seminar and the signing of the label's first-ever U.K. act. Roc-A-Fella Records has demonstrated its ...

  46. Dash ROCs Into U.K. Urban Music

    May 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Roc-A-Fella Records has demonstrated its interest in the British urban music scene with its sponsorship of this year's U.K. Urban Music Seminar and the signing of the label's first-ever U.K. act. Roc-A-Fella Records has demonstrated its ...

  47. Ask Billboard

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about "A Walk to Remember," Marilyn Manson and Victoria Beckham. SALES TO REMEMBER Dear Keith, I have been wondering for the longest time about how many copies of the "A Walk to Remember ...

  48. Roc-A-Fella Rummages Through 'Files'

    November 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Roc-A-Fella label is taking a look back at its history with the singles compilation "The Roc Files, Vol. 1," due Dec. 16. With Jay-Z's self-proclaimed final album topping the charts , his Roc-A-Fella label is taking a look back at its ...

  49. Kanye West Goes Back To 'College'

    October 30, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 After various delays, producer Kanye West's star-packed debut album, "The College Dropout," will be released Jan. 27 via Roc-A-Fella. First single "Through the Wire" topped out at No. 88 on Billboard' After various dela ...

  50. P. Diddy Vows To Probe Sweatshop Claims

    October 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rap music mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs said he will investigate allegations of worker mistreatment at a Honduran factory that supplies garments for his Sean John clothing line. His vow came in response Rap music mogul Sean "P. Diddy&qu ...

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