1. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand ...

  2. MoRuf Releases 'Shades.Of.Moo' Project: Listen

    November 12, 2013 5:37 PM EST Days after teasing fans with his smooth "Homie.Lover.Friend" single, MoRuf releases his first official project, "Shades.Of.Moo." The 18-song LP features MoRuf tapping into his influences and interests, from including a snippet ...

  3. Madlib

    Madlib

    8 Albums, 1 Songs

  4. Stones Throw Records Launches Subscription Service

    January 24, 2012 6:04 PM EST Stones Throw Records is launching a digital subscription service, the Los Angeles indie label announced on Tuesday. The artist-run indie label, founded by Peanut Butter Wolf in 1996, will offer customers high-quality, DRM-free MP3s of its future r ...

  5. Stones Throw Records Launches Subscription Service

    January 24, 2012 4:39 PM EST 0 0 0 Stones Throw Records is launching a digital subscription service, the Los Angeles indie label announced on Tuesday. The artist-run indie label, founded by Peanut Butter Wolf in 1996, will offer customers high-quality, DRM-free MP3s of its future rel ...

  6. Kanye West Speaks Upcoming Tour, Being 'The Best'

    November 04, 2010 5:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 On the eve of the release of his highly-anticipated "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" album, due Nov. 22, Kanye West and members of his G.O.O.D. Music family took to his Ustream channel today (Nov. 4) to chat with his fans about the set. ...

  7. Erykah Badu To Leak Viral Video Today

    January 29, 2010 2:18 PM EST 0 0 0 On the eve of the release of her upcoming album, "New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh," Erykah Badu has announced she will be leaking a promotional viral video on her official site, erykahbadu.com . Badu's personal publicist has ...

  8. Erykah Badu Pushes 'New Amerykah' To March

    January 21, 2010 6:17 PM EST 0 0 0 Originally due Feb. 23 , Erykah Badu 's fifth studio album, "New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh," has now been pushed to March 30, the singer/songwriter announced via Twitter today (Jan. 21). "Return of the Ankh," whi ...

  9. Alchemist Conjures Up Eminem, Lil Wayne, Maxwell For 'Chemical Warfare'

    June 23, 2009 5:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 From Maxwell to Lil Wayne to Snoop Dogg, Fabolous and Three 6 Mafia, The Alchemist stocks a pretty potent guest list on his upcoming second studio album, "Chemical Warfare." But the New York-based producer and DJ doesn't hide the fact ...

  10. Best Bets: 2008 Album Preview

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 There's a wealth of highly anticipated albums heading into stores in 2008 and Billboard has the lowdown of 20 you should check out, from the Mars Volta and Mariah Carey to Nas. What's the biz to do when the top-selling album of 2007 was a ...

  11. Twice The Badu

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 In her decade-plus career, Erykah Badu hasn't been afraid to wait long periods between projects. But now Badu is making up for lost time. In her decade-plus career, Erykah Badu hasn't been afraid to wait long periods between projects. But ...

  12. Stones Throw Acts Set For 2K Sports Gaming Tour

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Six hip-hop artists on Stones Throw Records highlight the 14-stop, third annual 2K Sports Holiday Bounce Tour, co-sponsored by VTech Phones. Six hip-hop artists on Stones Throw Records highlight the 14-stop, third annual 2K Sports Holiday Bounce Tou ...

  13. Rap-A-Lot

    August 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Swizz Beatz may have been a little inebriated on his last birthday (Sept. 13), but that didn't stop the rapper/producer from hitting the studio. Swizz Beatz may have been a little inebriated on his last birthday (Sept. 13), but that didn't ...

  14. Kweli Beats 'Drum' With Kanye, Norah Jones

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Originally due last year, Talib Kweli's sixth album, "Ear Drum," is now back on the schedule for a July 24 release via his own Blacksmith Music label. Originally due last year , Talib Kweli's sixth album, "Ear Drum," is ...

  15. Ghostface Unveils 'More Fish' At NYC Event

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Ghostface Killah previewed tracks from his forthcoming Def Jam album "More Fish" yesterday (Nov. 20) for media in New York. Ghostface Killah previewed tracks from his forthcoming Def Jam album "More Fish" yesterday (Nov. 20) for ...

  16. 'More Fish' On Ghostface's December Menu

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Ghostface Killah will on Dec. 12 serve up his sixth album, "More Fish," less than a year on the heels of "Fishscale." In addition to production by MF Doom, Pete Rock, Madlib and Hi-Tek, among others, Ghostface Killah will on Dec. ...

  17. J. DILLA, "The Shining"

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A vocal companion to Dilla's instrumental sleeper on Stones Throw, "Donuts," which was also recorded in the hospital, "The Shining" documents the totality of who Jay Dee was as an artist and performer Lupus is a horrible dis ...

  18. Stone's Throw Acts Get Animated On CD/DVD

    August 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Madlib, Madvillain and late rapper/producer J Dilla are among the hip-hop artists featured on the collaborative CD/DVD set "Chrome Children," due Oct. 3 via Stones Throw/Adult Swim. Madlib, Madvillain and late rapper/producer J Dilla are a ...

  19. First Acts Confirmed for CMJ Music Marathon

    August 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Black Keys, Deerhoof, Joseph Arthur, Blue Cheer, Portastatic, Suzanne Vega, Keren Ann, Hot Chip, the Slits and Madlib are among the first batch of artists confirmed for the annual CMJ Music Marath The Black Keys, Deerhoof, Joseph Arthur, Blue Ch ...

  20. Hip-Hop Stars Help J Dilla 'Shine'

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 J Dilla's (also known as Jay Dee) longtime friend and collaborator Karriem Riggins served as the album's executive producer. The late hip-hop producer J Dilla's second solo project "The Shining," which was nearly completed w ...

  21. Billboard Bits: Danger Doom, Underworld, 'Weird' Al

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 News on Danger Doom, Underworld, 'Weird' Al Danger Doom's collaboration with Cartoon Nework's Adult Swim continues with the release of a new EP for free exclusively through AdultSwim.com. The first track, "Corn Dogs," w ...

  22. Billboard Bits: DJ Shadow, Jesus & Mary Chain, Tapes 'N Tapes

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 News on DJ Shadow, Jesus & Mary Chain, Tapes 'N Tapes DJ Shadow's next as-yet-untitled studio album will be released this summer via Universal. Shadow's last major-label release, 2002's "The Private Press," was issu ...

  23. Hip-Hop Stars Unite For Benefit Show

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, MC Supernatural, the Beat Junkies, Madlib, Money Mark and MF Doom have signed on for a May 25 benefit show for DJ Shadow's art director Keith Tamashiro. Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, MC Supernatural, the Beat Junkies ...

  24. Fish, Which Is My Favorite Dish

    March 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Wu-Tang Clan principal Ghostface Killah returns this week with his fifth album, "Fishscale," via Def Jam. Wu-Tang Clan principal Ghostface Killah returns this week with his fifth album, "Fishscale," via Def Jam. The set is led by ...

  25. Billboard Bits: Ghostface, Tim McGraw, Cobra Verde

    March 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 News on Ghostface, Tim McGraw, Cobra Verde Ghostface Killah's new Def Jam album, " Fishscale ," is due in just three weeks, but the veteran rapper is still making tweaks to the final product. The artist has just finished recording a n ...

  26. Hip-Hop Artist J Dilla Dies

    February 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 J Dilla, a founding member of hip-hop act Slum Village, died Friday (Feb. 10) in Los Angeles. The Detroit-hailing rapper/producer succumbed to complications from lupus. He was 32. J Dilla, a founding member of hip-hop act Slum Village, died Friday ( ...

  27. Hip-Hop Producer/Rapper J Dilla Passes Away

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST His "Donuts" album was released last week. Hip-hop producer/rapper J Dilla passed away today (Feb. 10) of an unspecified ailment in Los Angeles. J Dilla (born James Yancy) was a founding member of Slum Village, and formed the group Jayli ...

  28. Ghostface Preps New Album, Wu-Tang To Tour

    January 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Wu-Tang Clan principal Ghostface Killah has put the finishing touches on his fifth album, "Fishscale," due Feb. 28 via Def Jam. The set is led by the single "Back Like That," which features up-and-com Wu-Tang Clan principal Ghost ...

  29. Danger Doom Hopes To Make Second CD

    October 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With its first Epitaph album, "The Mouse and the Mask," debuting this week at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and No. 41 on The Billboard 200, Danger Doom principal MF Doom tells Bil With its first Epitaph album, &qu ...

  30. Madlib, Van Peebles Revive 'Br'er Soul'

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It took the better part of five years for hip-hop wunderkind Madlib to follow up the debut of his alter ego, Quasimoto. But fans of the helium-voiced, antisocial Quas may not have as long to wait for It took the better part of five years for hip-hop ...

  31. Prefuse Rolls With Wu-Tang On New Album

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Prefuse 73 mastermind Scott Herren is surrounded by a cavalcade of notable names on his new album, "Surrounded by Silence," due March 22 via Warp. Among the guests are El-P and the Wu-Tang Clan's Ghos Prefuse 73 mastermind Scott Herre ...

  32. Hot Product

    January 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: • A live album and DVD from singer/songwriter Julia Fordham, "That's Live" (Vanguard), featuring guest spots by India.Arie and Mark Isham. • A two ...

  33. B&E: MF Doom

    December 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: MF Doom. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. A heaping buffet of underground hip-hop and ...

  34. Hip-Hop Acts Bolster ESPN Videogame, Tour

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In its most ambitious cross-marketing program to date, ESPN Videogames is featuring more than three dozen original or licensed tracks from 22 top hip-hop acts in "NBA 2K5," a fall release for PlayStat In its most ambitious cross-marketing ...

  35. De La Soul Signs With Sanctuary

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Veteran rap trio De La Soul has signed a new deal with Sanctuary Urban Records Group, which will on Sept. 28 release its next album, "The Grind Date," in conjunction with the group's own AOI Records. Veteran rap trio De La Soul has si ...

  36. Breaking & Entering

    August 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Eastmountainsouth, Madlib and Sugababes. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. NORTH BOUND: Prior to f ...

  37. BREAKING & ENTERING

    August 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Eastmountainsouth, Madlib and Sugababes. /bb/breakenter/index.jsp News Madlib ...

  38. Shades of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note

    July 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Anyone who is familiar with California-based MC/producer Madlib knows that he's not your everyday hip-hop artist. Anyone who is familiar with California-based MC/producer Madlib knows that he's not your everyday hip-hop artist. His project ...