1. Mystikal Turns Himself In on Rape Charge

    August 21, 2017 6:43 PM EDT 0 0 2 Rapper Mystikal  turned himself in and was arrested and charged with rape by the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department Monday (Aug. 21), the department confirmed to  Billboard.  The rapper and New Orleans native, whose real name is Michael Lawrence ...

  2. Mark Ronson on Producing For Lady Gaga, Avoiding a Signature Sound

    November 01, 2016 11:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mark Ronson has produced for some of the biggest names in pop — he helped craft Lady Gaga 's Joanne , which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week — but he's still careful not to take anything for granted. "I don't want ...

  3. Pearl Jam, Maxwell and More Pay Tribute to Prince at Day 2 of New Orleans Jazz Fest 2016

    April 24, 2016 12:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 The second day of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicked off at the Fair Grounds Race Course Saturday (April 23) with sets from New Orleans locals Anders Osborne and rapper Mystikal , plus more tributes to the late Prince by Pearl Ja ...

  4. Essence Festival 2015 Day 3 Highlights: Mystikal, Erykah Badu, Missy Elliott & More

    July 05, 2015 2:04 PM EDT Saturday night (July 4) at New Orleans Superdome proved to be the most eventful evening of this year's Essence Music Festival. The crowd was younger, but of course the headlining artists, Usher and Missy Elliott can be credited with bringin ...

  5. 'SNL' Recap: Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson Bring the Funk With Mystikal, Cameron Diaz Raps & More

    November 23, 2014 11:45 AM EST As expected, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson brought some major funk to Saturday Night Live ’s Thanksgiving show on Nov. 22. Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson Are Impossibly Cool in 'Uptown Funk' Video The superstar pop crooner and retro-cool writ ...

  6. B.o.B, Bun B & 2 Chainz Take Over 2014 A3C Festival

    October 15, 2014 5:19 PM EDT Hip-hop fans flocked to Atlanta this past week for the 10th annual A3C Festival, which proved to be bigger than ever. Over the course of five days (Oct. 8 through 12), the festival held keynote interviews, panels, showcases and tribute shows acros ...

  7. T.I. Talks '$200 Million' Major Label Deal & 'G.D.O.D.' Mixtape

    May 10, 2013 10:44 AM EDT Not too long ago, T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint wasn't living up to its name. The Atlanta rapper spent the better part of 2009 through 2011 behind bars, first for weapon charges and then again for a probation violation stemming from dr ...

  8. T.I. Talks '$200 Million' Major Label Deal & 'G.D.O.D.' Mixtape

    May 10, 2013 10:00 AM EDT "I am a free agent. I'm operating as an independent label. I do not have corporate sponsors. I don't have no corporate backing. I don't have no major distribution. We Master-P-ing this shit right now... I'm proving I� ...

  9. 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 ...

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  11. 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 ...

  12. Four-Play: 2 Chainz, Sterling Simms, Big K.R.I.T., & Mystikal

    August 13, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Chainz cashes out, Sterling Simms brings the heat, Big K.R.I.T. daydreams, and Mystikal gets comical. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring 2 Chainz, Sterling Simms, Big K.R.I.T., and Mystikal. 2 Chainz and Nicki Minaj hit the ...

  13. Birdman Says 'This Is A Business of Patience, Dedication, Sacrifice' in Exclusive Billboard Video Interview

    July 02, 2012 2:41 PM EDT Bryan 'Birdman' Williams and his brother Ronald 'Slim' Williams sat down with Billboard for an exclusive interview where the soft-spoken leaders of Cash Money Records talked about how they work records, building their brands, a ...

  14. Mystikal on Feeling 'Ashamed,' Performing in Jail and His New Mixtape

    May 10, 2012 2:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Cash Money Rapper To Release New Music During 81-Day Jail Stint 81 days. That's the amount of time separating Mystikal , the quick-tongued, oft-troubled New Orleans rapper best known for early 00s singles like "Shake Ya Ass" and " ...

  15. Mystikal Plays Jazz Fest Show Before Jail Return

    May 04, 2012 9:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Thousands turned out Friday to see New Orleans rapper Mystikal perform one last time before returning to jail on a probation violation. The rapper, whose real name is Michael Tyler, was released from a Louisiana prison in 2010 after serving six year ...

  16. Birdman To Put Cash Money Artists on the Big Screen With 'Rich Gang' Film

    May 01, 2012 5:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 For Birdman and his Young Money/Cash Money crew, the charts are not the only thing to conquer. Up next: Hollywood. In an interview with XXL , the YMCMB leader (and Billboard Power 100 player) talked up the launch later this year of his Cash Money Fi ...

  17. Birdman To Put Cash Money Artists on the Big Screen With 'Rich Gang' Film

    May 01, 2012 2:53 PM EDT For Birdman and his Young Money/Cash Money crew, the charts are not the only thing to conquer. Up next: Hollywood. In an interview with XXL , the YMCMB leader (and Billboard Power 100 player ) talked up the launch later this year of his Cash Money ...

  18. Mystikal to Serve 3-Month Jail Term

    April 17, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 One minute Mystikal is performing classics and dancing to Michael Jacksoon 's "Thriller" at Lil Wayne 's 2012 DEWeezy SXSW show and the next he's headed to jail for probation violation. Lil Wayne Launches DEWeezy Campaign Wi ...

  19. Lil Wayne Inks Four-Album Deal With Cash Money

    April 13, 2012 9:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne has become synonymous with the Young Money/Cash Money phenomenon that has swept up names such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, Mystikal and Busta Rhymes, and the rapper isn't going anywhere soon. Weezy just signed a 4-album deal with Cash Money ...

  20. Lil Wayne Signs New Four-Album Cash Money Deal

    April 12, 2012 1:19 PM EDT Lil Wayne has become synonymous with the Young Money/Cash Money phenomenon that has swept up names such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, Mystikal and Busta Rhymes, and the rapper isn't going anywhere soon. Weezy just signed a 4-album deal with Cash Mon ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Backbeat: Snoop Dogg Plays Surprise Set Inside Giant Doritos Vending Machine at SXSW

    March 16, 2012 5:39 PM EDT Snoop In The Machine: Only Snoop himself didn't know he was playing inside a giant vending machine at SXSW. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) The only person who didn't know Snoop Dogg played inside a giant Doritos vending machine Thursday night was ...

  23. Backbeat: Lil Wayne Films a Mountain Dew Spot Onstage During SXSW Young Money Gig

    March 16, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Lil Wayne filming a Mountain Dew spot onstage at South by Southwest on Thursday night (Photo: Karen Civil/@teamDEWeezy) AUSTIN -- Lil Wayne was the headliner of one of the most anticipated concerts at this year's SXSW, which came in the wake ...

  24. Lil Wayne Launches DEWeezy Campaign With SXSW Concert

    March 16, 2012 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne was the headliner of one of the most anticipated concerts at this year's SXSW since last week's announcement of his partnership with Mountain Dew. "DEWeezy" posters splattered across the streets of Austin, Texas since M ...

  25. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  26. A Guide To SXSW Music: Hot Parties, Big Showcases, Can't-Miss Shows

    March 12, 2012 7:45 AM EDT SXSW Music is just about the most overwhelming festival experience the music industry serves up on a yearly basis, with thousands of bands spread across the city performing both unofficial and official SXSW events, house parties, free bar shows, b ...

  27. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  28. Lumidee Denies Young Money Signing

    March 05, 2012 8:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Lumidee has not signed to the YMCMB label group, the "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)" singer clarified on Twitter on Monday. "I did not sign a deal with anyone!!! Sorry for the false info corny ass people HAD access to my page….,& ...

  29. Backbeat: Lil Wayne, Drake, Busta Rhymes @ Cash Money Pre-Grammy Party

    February 15, 2012 4:15 PM EST American Idols: (L-R) New YMCMB signees Busta Rhymes, American Idol fifth-place finisher Chris RIchardson, and Mystikal cash in at the Cash Money pre-Grammy party. (Photo: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup) Like all Grammy-related parties on Saturday nig ...

  30. Billboard Power 100: Ronald 'Slim' Williams & Bryan 'Birdman' Williams

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 25 Ronald "Slim" Williams & Bryan "Birdman" Williams Founders/co-CEOs Cash Money Records Twitter: @BIRDMAN5STAR Money. Power. Respect. Cash Money is hotly rumored to be at the center of a bidding war. Why? The label ...

  31. Bruce Springsteen Making Jazz Fest Return

    January 24, 2012 6:37 PM EST 0 0 0 The last time Bruce Springsteen performed in New Orleans it was less than a year after Hurricane Katrina hit, and "The Boss" moved thousands to tears at Jazz Fest by belting out such lyrics as "How can a poor man stand such times as t ...

  32. Yelawolf Defines Himself in Debut Album 'Radioactive'

    December 03, 2011 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Michael Wayne " Yelawolf " Atha, 31, is sitting on a couch in the lobby of a boutique New York hotel talking about race. As a white rapper from tiny Gadsden, Ala. (population 36,000), with the word "RED" tattooed across his neck, ...

  33. Busta Rhymes, Mystikal Join Cash Money Roster

    December 02, 2011 12:35 PM EST 0 0 0 In the midst of scoring another mainstream hip-hop hit album ( Drake's "Take Care," which debuted with 631,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and preparing for another one ( Nicki Minaj's sophomore set, "Pink Friday ...

  34. Busta Rhymes Signs with Cash Money Records

    November 17, 2011 5:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Busta Rhymes is concluding 2011 with another bit of big news: he's signing with Cash Money Records. The veteran MC confirmed the deal to MTV at the launch of Google Music Monday. "I'm extremely proud to be aligned with Cash Money,&quo ...

  35. Ask Billboard: Observing Remembrance Day

    November 11, 2011 6:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to [email protected] . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and coun ...

  36. Nigel Tufnel Day: 11 Loud Moments in Music

    November 11, 2011 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Today, music fans are getting loud and turning it up to 11 in an homage to Spinal Tap guitarist Nigel Tufnel's awe-inspiring line in the classic 1984 mockumentary "This Is Spinal Tap." It's 11/11/11, or "Nigel Tufnel Day,&qu ...

  37. Ja Rule Set for Prison Sentencing

    June 08, 2011 7:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Multiplatinum-selling rapper Ja Rule is set to go to prison, but he's leaving fans with an album on the way. The rapper-actor -- whose gravelly voice, thuggish tough talk and duets with R&B divas made him one of rap's stars in the earl ...

  38. Billboard Bits: Arcade Fire Duets With Cyndi Lauper at Jazz Fest, Drake Plays Bar Mitzvah

    May 09, 2011 6:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. New Orleans Jazz Fest 2011: Arcade Fire Duet With Cyndi Lauper; The Strokes, Wilco, Lauryn Hill & More In addition to the more traditional jazz artists that dominated ...

  39. Weekly Chart Notes: Cee Lo Green, 'Glee,' Justin Bieber

    February 24, 2011 5:55 PM EST 0 0 0 GO, GREEN: As Lady Gaga reigns atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Born This Way" - marking the first No. 1-debuting title to remain in charge in its second frame since Clay Aiken's "This Is the Night" in 2003 ...

  40. The Squeeze: Q&A with Charlie Wilson

    February 17, 2011 1:38 PM EST 0 0 0 Charlie Wilson is on his way to Iraq today (Feb. 18) to perform for the troops for the third year in a row. But the former The Gap Band member, who is mostly known to this generation for his collaborations with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Kanye West ...

  41. Ask Billboard: What-The-Forget Is Going On?

    January 28, 2011 5:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to [email protected] . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and co ...

  42. New Orleans Jazz Fest Line-Up Announced; Bon Jovi, Arcade Fire, Ms. Lauryn Hill to Headline

    January 20, 2011 12:26 AM EST 0 0 0 The annual New Orleans Jazz & Music Heritage Festival today announced its 2011 line-up with a diverse slate of headliners that includes Arcade Fire, Sonny Rollins, Kid Rock, Wilco, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi, Ms. Lauryn Hill, John Mellencamp, the S ...

  43. Lil Wayne Redefines Stardom Behind Bars

    November 01, 2010 9:53 AM EDT 0 0 0 He had the top-selling album in the country earlier this month. He's on the president's iPod. He's on the charts with two singles and a collaboration on a third. He's on Facebook with updates for the more than 14 million people f ...

  44. Weekly Chart Notes: Bruno Mars, Rihanna, 'Halo'

    September 23, 2010 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 MARS ATTACKS: After his arrest Sunday (Sept. 19) on suspicion of cocaine possession , Bruno Mars instead makes enviable headlines on the Billboard Hot 100 , where "Just the Way You Are" ascends 3-1 . The song is Mars' first No. 1 as a ...

  45. 2010 Hip-Hop Honors Red Carpet

    2010 Hip-Hop Honors Red Carpet

    June 08, 2010 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Live from the red carpet the 2010 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors spotlight 'Dirty South' Pioneers. Interviews by: Mariel Concepcion featuredVideo1 , honors , keri hilson , VH1 , j. prince , Hip-Hop , Bun B , Luke , khaled , gucci Videos Bone Crusher B ...

  46. Drake, Rick Ross, Bun B, T.I. Rep Dirty South for Hip-Hop Honors

    June 04, 2010 2:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 This year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors paid tribute to Atlanta, Miami, Texas, New Orleans and other Southern cities and states, but the event brought performers from all over to rep the dirty south on Thursday night (June 3) at New York City's Ham ...

  47. Rapper Mystikal Released From Jail After Serving Six Years

    January 20, 2010 12:41 PM EST 0 0 0 After serving a six-year prison term for sexual battery and extortion, New Orleans rapper Mystikal , best known for hits like "Shake Ya Ass" and "Danger (Been So Long)," was released from jail last week. "My feet back on the ...

  48. Rapper Mystikal Released From Jail After Serving Six Years

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST After serving a six-year prison term for sexual battery and extortion, New Orleans rapper Mystikal, best known for hits like "Shake Ya Ass" and "Danger (Been So Long)," was released from jail last week. "My feet back on th ...

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