1. Top Dawg's Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Story: Enter the House of Pain

    March 04, 2014 5:25 PM EST It doesn't exactly look like the place that so recently has launched the next generation of hip-hop superstars. Indeed, the Top Dawg Entertainment recording studio - christened the House of Pain and located in the back of a family-style home ...

  2. Kendrick Lamar Talks Macklemore Text, Could Release New Album in 2014

    February 28, 2014 7:18 PM EST "That text surprised me, but Macklemore is a genuine dude," says Lamar, who could release his next album in September. According to Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith, plans are in motion to release a new Kendrick Lamar album t ...

  3. Ghostface Killah, ScHoolboy Q & More Take Over 2013 A3C Festival

    October 09, 2013 12:00 PM EDT For five consecutive days (October 2-6), the A3C Festival gave Atlanta a stream of straight hip-hop in a variety of forms -- from live broadcasts of the Combat Jack Show to screenings of indie films like 'Rats & More.’ There were showcase ...

  4. Rock The Bells 2013: Eazy-E's Hologram Takes Over Day 1

    September 08, 2013 10:58 AM EDT Hip-hop newcomers, veterans, and even the deceased, aligned for this year's Rock the Bells festival returning back to the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA Saturday (Sept. 7). With more than two dozen acts on the bill, day one w ...

  5. New Signings: August Alsina to Def Jam, Windish Agency Wins Bobby Womack, Frankie Rose Goes and Labrinth to Paradigm

    August 23, 2013 4:03 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters ...

  6. Kendrick Lamar, Top Dawg Entertainment Take Over SXSW: Day in the Life

    March 16, 2013 1:07 PM EDT "Kendrick and the whole [of Top Dawg Entertainment] had an incredible year last year," Kendrick's manager, Dave Free says. "We'll continue that in 2013." Not just anyone would get a call from Alicia Keys to perform a ...

  7. A Day in the Busy Life: Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment Go to Austin

    March 15, 2013 11:29 AM EDT Not just anyone would get a call from Alicia Keys to perform alongside her; so when Kendrick Lamar did, he went with it. The night before hopping on a red-eye to this year's SXSW festival, Kendrick Lamar performed two songs ("Swimming ...

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  9. Lady Gaga's Kendrick Lamar Collaboration Debuts Online: Listen

    November 08, 2012 5:00 PM EST 0 0 0 In anticipation of Kendrick Lamar 's major label debut, "good kid, m.A.A.d city," Lady Gaga announced via Twitter in August that she was collaborating with the MC on the album. The duo's work didn't make it onto the final cu ...

  10. Kendrick Lamar Makes 'Good' Debut on Social 50 Chart

    November 02, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar, who opened atop the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week with "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," strides onto Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 47. The debut comes after a busy week of social activity for the rapper, who ...

  11. Kendrick Lamar Makes 'Good' Debut on Social 50 Chart

    November 02, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kendrick Lamar , who opened atop the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week with "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," strides onto Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 47. The debut comes after a busy week of social activity for the rapper, who a ...

  12. Kendrick Lamar: The Story Behind 'good kid, m.A.A.d city'

    October 22, 2012 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's a Tuesday evening in early October and Kendrick Lamar just dozed off in the back of a black mini coach. He's got a black Top Dawg Entertainment hooded sweatshirt pulled low over his eyes as the inexplicable in-car entertainment, a liv ...

  13. Kendrick Lamar 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' Album Snippets Leak

    October 15, 2012 3:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 A week before the release Kendrick Lamar 's "good kid, M.A.A.d city" (Oct. 22), snippets of the standard edition of his major label debut album leak. K. Dot has enlisted a few familiar names for both the standard and deluxe edition of ...

  14. Kendrick Lamar Releases 'Compton' Song, 'Good Kid' Tracklist

    October 02, 2012 11:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 Debut album features collaborations with Drake, Jay Rock, Mary J. Blige. With three weeks to go before his debut album "good kid, m.A.A.d city" is released, Kendrick Lamar has unveiled the official tracklist for the highly anticipated albu ...

  15. Ab-Soul's Timeline: The Rapper's Life From 5 Years Old to Now

    August 08, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Ab-Soul takes us on a journey through his 25-year life in five-year intervals. "Man… At 25, I lost my world and I got the world at the same time," Ab-Soul said, hours before stepping on stage at his first headlining New York show. " ...

  16. Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Bring the West Coast to Free NYC Show

    June 05, 2012 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 He may call himself "the Good Kid From the Mad City" of Compton, Calif., but Black Hippy's resident ladies man Kendrick Lamar may find himself being referred to by a grander title than that before long. Last night (Monday, June 4), fa ...

  17. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Set Santos Party House on Fire at VEVO, HTC's Social Sounds Launch

    June 05, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar performs at Santos Party House in New York City Monday night. (Neilson Barnard, Getty/Wire Image) He may call himself "the Good Kid From the Mad City" of Compton, Calif., but Black Hippy 's resident ladies man Kendric ...

  18. Nas, Missy Elliott, Wiz Khalifa Headline Rock The Bells; Bone Thugs to Reunite

    May 16, 2012 3:10 PM EDT The annual hip-hop summit Rock The Bells revealed its lineup on Wednesday (May 16), and while Nas, Kid Cudi and Wiz Khalifa top the 2012 bill, the big news is the promised special performance by Missy Elliott. Elliott, who revealed her battle with ...

  19. Missy Elliott, Nas, Wiz Khalifa Top Rock The Bells Lineup

    May 16, 2012 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 The annual hip-hop summit Rock The Bells revealed its lineup on Wednesday (May 16), and while Nas , Kid Cudi and Wiz Khalifa top the 2012 bill, the big news is the promised special performance by Missy Elliott . Elliott, who revealed her battle with ...

  20. Cashmere Agency's Ryan Ford: SXSW Q&A

    March 16, 2012 6:04 PM EDT Cashmere Agency's Ryan Ford @ SXSW . (Photo: Erika Ramirez) After moderating SXSW panel "From the Blocks to the Blogs," Cashmere Agency's Vice President Ryan Ford chatted with us of SXSW, from what he's looking forward to ...

  21. Report: Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Sign with Aftermath & Interscope

    March 08, 2012 7:49 PM EST Hip-hop collective Black Hippy -- comprised of Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul -- has reportedly signed a joint venture deal with Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records, Top Dawg Entertainment founder, Anthony "Top ...

  22. Report: Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Sign with Aftermath & Interscope

    March 08, 2012 6:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Hip-hop collective Black Hippy -- comprised of Kendrick Lamar , ScHoolboy Q , Jay Rock , and Ab-Soul -- has reportedly signed a joint venture deal with Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records, Top Dawg Entertainment founder, Anthony "Top ...

  23. Drake Doubles Up Again in R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10

    January 19, 2012 9:27 PM EST 0 0 0 D rake earns his 22nd top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Song s as "The Motto" (featuring Lil Wayne), the anthem that preaches the way of the Young Money assemblage, jumps 13-9. The song earns the Greatest Gainer/Airplay award with an increase of 3 ...

  24. Urban Power Cities: Los Angeles

    January 03, 2012 5:21 PM EST Tyler, The Creator of Odd Future performs at Hollywood Palladium on September 29, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic) After nearly a decade of relative quiet (following a dominant and era-defining run in the '90s ...

  25. Omarion Says Michael Jackson Inspired His Growth On 'Ollusion'

    November 23, 2009 5:50 PM EST 0 0 0 When Omarion sings, "I done cut the braids, low cut, got my grown on," in a raspy croon on his new single "I Get It In," he's referencing a turning point in his career. "I felt like my braids defined who I was, and ther ...