1. Top Rappers Set 2Pac's Poetry To Music

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rappers such as Talib Kweli, Ludacris and Dead Prez have written new songs inspired by the poetry of the late Tupac Shakur published in "The Rose that Grew From Concrete." Rappers such as Talib Kweli, Ludacris and Dead Prez have written ne ...

  2. For Kanye, Confidence Is King

    August 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. For those familiar with Kanye West's well-documented braggadocio, it may come as a surprise that the rapper/producer found plenty wrong with his Grammy Award-winning debut, "The College Dropou ...

  3. Kanye, Nas, Busta 'Getting Up' In Toronto

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, Ciara, Mos Def and Ludacris are confirmed for Marc Ecko's Getting Up Festival, which will be held Aug. 13-14 at Toronto's Polson Pier. Kanye West, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, Ciara, Mos Def and Ludac ...

  4. Hot Product

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: A double-disc collection of rare tracks from Fountains Of Wayne, "Out-of-State Plates" (Virgin). The latest studio album from veteran jam band String Cheese Incident, &q ...

  5. 27TunesOnTV

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for June 27-July 3, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, JUNE 27 "Eminem's Making the Ass," |MTV2 Featured artist: Eminem ("Ass Like That"). "Daily Download," Fuse Feat ...

  6. Nas Takes 'Street's Disciple' On The Road

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In the weeks leading up to his headlining appearance California's annual Rock the Bells concert, Nas will warm up with a handful of club performances beginning July 14 in Chicago. In the weeks leading up to his headlining appearance California& ...

  7. Williams Compiles Top Acts For Compilation

    June 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Her compilation, "Wendy Williams Brings the Heat: Volume 1," will hit stores June 28 via Virgin. Radio personality Wendy Williams, who handles afternoon drive at R&B/hip-hop radio station WBLS New York, is also a TV host (VH1's &q ...

  8. Hip-Hop Heavyweights To 'Rock The Bells'

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nas, Redman, the Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon and Ghostface (performing material from their 1995 album "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx") and Gang Starr MC Guru lead the lineup for the Rock the Bells festival, to b Nas, Redman, the Wu-Tang Clan ...

  9. This Day in Music

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2003 - </b>Rappers Eminem and Nas receive awards for youth empowerment and community development at the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network's (HSAN) Detroit even. Eminem is honored with HSAN's outstandin 2003 - Rappers Eminem and ...

  10. This Day in Music

    April 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2003 - </b>Soul/R&B legend Luther Vandross is hospitalized after suffering a stroke. The artist is hospitalized and begins a slow recovery. 2003 - Soul/R&B legend Luther Vandross is hospitalized after suffering a stroke. The a ...

  11. Common Rolls With Kanye, Plots Nas Tour

    March 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Chicago rapper Common will return on May 24 with the album "Be," which, as tipped here last year, was produced by Kanye West. The 11-track set will be co-released via West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint and Chicago rapper Common will return ...

  12. Shots Fired At London Nas Concert

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A concert by rapper Nas was stopped last night (March 21) after a gunman apparently opened fire in the London venue where he was performing. No one was injured in the incident at the Brixton Academy i A concert by rapper Nas was stopped last night ( ...

  13. 50 Cent, The Game Call A Truce In Harlem

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Today (March 9), 50 Cent and the Game publicly squashed a bitter feud that erupted in gunfire last week after 50 kicked Game out of his G-Unit clique for disloyalty. Perhaps selling 1.1 million copies of his new album, "The Massacre," in f ...

  14. 50 Cent Sprays Rivals On New Track

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Cent is at it again. Preparing to release his second studio album, the rap superstar is feature on the cover of the upcoming XXL magazine with a rifle-like crossbow, taking aim at a range of rap ri 50 Cent is at it again. Preparing to release his ...

  15. Street's Disciple

    December 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Few hip-hop artists have mastered the tricky art of the double-album. The task of creating two CDs full of good material has thwarted many an A-list talent. However, Nas has ably stepped up to the pla Few hip-hop artists have mastered the tricky art ...

  16. Jay-Z, Linkin Park 'Mash-Up' Tops Album Chart

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The seemingly odd pairing of a multiplatinum artists from the rap and rock worlds takes an underground concept to the pinnacle of the mainstream as "MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Jay-Z/Linkin Park: C The seemingly odd pairing of a multiplatinu ...

  17. Jay-Z, Linkin Park Rule Chart With Mash-Up Album

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z and Linkin Park take an underground concept to the top of the mainstream chart as their CD/DVD "MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Jay-Z/Linkin Park: Collision Course" (Warner Bros./Roc-A-Fella) bow Jay-Z and Linkin Park take an underg ...

  18. Jay-Z, Linkin Park Rule Chart With Mash-Up Album

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z and Linkin Park take an underground concept to the top of the mainstream chart as their CD/DVD "MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents Jay-Z/Linkin Park: Collision Course" (Warner Bros./Roc-A-Fella) bow Jay-Z and Linkin Park take an underg ...

  19. Hot Product

    November 28, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Nas 'Streets' Of Fire Whether Nas discourses on street life, politics or love, you can always count on one thing: He is not going to pull any punches. His latest project, the double-CD "Street's Disciple" (Ill Will Records/C ...

  20. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred Bronson discusses Usher, parent/child chart entries and Ja Rule with readers. A SIMPLE MAJORITY Fred, If "My Boo" gets a fifth week at No. 1, that will give Usher 27 weeks at No. 1 in 2004, spread between his four chart-topping single ...

  21. Hot Product

    November 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Snoop Dogg, Lil Jon, Chingy Heaps Of Hip-Hop This week sees the release of three major hip-hop albums, led by the latest from Snoop Dogg, which was moved up a week due to piracy concerns. "R&G (Rhythm and Gangsta): The Masterpiece" (Ge ...

  22. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred Bronson discusses parents and children on the charts, No. 1 singles and song remakes with readers. FATHER AND SON Fred: With the debut of "Bridging the Gap" by Nas featuring Olu Dara on the Hot 100, the chart is once again experiencin ...

  23. Nas & Olu Dara

    November 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Old school and new school -- rapper Nas and his father, noted session musician Olu Dara -- commune on this aptly titled single. Old school and new school -- rapper Nas and his father, noted session musician Olu Dara -- commune on this aptly titled ...

  24. Nas Doubles Up On 'Street's Disciple'

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper Nas has put the finishing touches on a 22-track double album, "Street's Disciple," due Nov. 30 via Ill Will/Columbia. First single "Thief's Theme" is built on a sample of Iron Butterfly's "Inna Rapper N ...

  25. VH1 Honors Hip-Hop

    October 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Kid Rock, Fat Joe, MC Hammer and Sugar Hill Gang were among the artists who performed in all-star collaborations last night (Oct. 3) at the inaugural VH1 Hip Hop Honors. Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Kid Rock, Fat Joe, MC H ...

  26. 40TunesOnTV

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2004. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, SEPT. 27 "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Syndicated Featured artist: Patti Scialfa (also scheduled: Lauren Graham, Peter Boyle). "VH1 ...

  27. Stars Sip From Lil Jon's 'Crunk Juice'

    September 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz get a lift from some of the biggest names in hip-hop on "Crunk Juice," due Nov. 16 via TVT. R. Kelly and Ludacris team up on the tentatively titled "In tha Club," while Lil Jon and the East Side Boy ...

  28. Stars Pack Fourth Quarter Release Schedule

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fourth-quarter releases from U2, Eminem, Alan Jackson, Good Charlotte, Ludacris and Gwen Stefani are fueling excitement among retailers as the industry heads into its key selling season. Like the same Fourth-quarter releases from U2, Eminem, Alan Ja ...

  29. Beats & Rhymes

    April 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The 10th anniversary of Nas' "Illmatic" brings back memories of such influential '94 rap acts as Fugees, OutKast and the Notorious B.I.G. Read Rashaun Hall's column. The 10th anniversary of Nas' "Illmatic" b ...

  30. Tasty

    December 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A more mature and focused Kelis greets listeners on this, her second U.S. album (third internationally). A more mature and focused Kelis greets listeners on this, her second U.S. album (third internationally). But the singer is no less sultry—check ...

  31. Nas Nabbed In NYC Club Assault

    December 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper Nas was charged with assault yesterday (Dec. 18) stemming from a Dec. 10 altercation in a New York nightclub. The New York Daily News reports that the artist, whose real name is Nasir Jones, al Rapper Nas was charged with assault yesterday (D ...

  32. Take a Look in the Mirror

    December 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Once again, an Internet leak marred the launch of a new Korn album. But "Take a Look in the Mirror" is strong enough to withstand the blow. Once again, an Internet leak marred the launch of a new Korn album. But "Take a Look in the Mi ...

  33. Korn Sets New Album Track List

    November 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The track list for Korn's next album, "Take a Look in the Mirror," has been unveiled. The 13-track set, due Nov. 25 via Epic, opens with the single "Right Now," which is No. 23 on Billboard's Mainstre The track list for ...

  34. J. Lo Gets 'Reel' On DVD/EP

    October 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jennifer Lopez is getting back to the business of making music. On Nov. 18, Epic will release "The Reel Me," an EP featuring the new song "Baby I Love U" and an accompanying DVD with 17 of the artist' Jennifer Lopez is getti ...

  35. CHART BEAT BONUS

    October 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Missy Elliott, Alice Cooper and Beyoncé. THE RAITT STUFF: There's a connection between two albums that debut on The Billboard 200 this week - a fragile connection, bu ...

  36. 2003 Vibe Awards Nominees

    October 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nominees for the inaugural Vibe Awards. Set for Nov. 20 at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Civic Center, the event will be hosted by Queen Latifah and broadcast as a two-hour special the next night on UPN. Below is a list of nominees for the inaugural Vib ...

  37. Keys' 'Diary' Delayed Until December

    September 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The highly anticipated release of Alicia Keys' next album has been pushed back a few weeks. Originally due Nov. 18, "The Diary of Alicia Keys," will be issued Dec. 2 by J Records in order to accommoda The highly anticipated release of ...

  38. Crunk King Lil Jon Readies CD/DVD

    September 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Part II," a Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz CD/DVD, will be released Nov. 25 via TVT. "Part II," a Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz CD/DVD, will be released Nov. 25 via TVT. The DVD is a video diary of the Dirty South rap act&# ...

  39. Lil' Kim, Jay-Z Top Source Awards Nods

    August 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil' Kim and Jay-Z lead the list of nominees for The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2003. Both artists received nods in five categories, including album of the year for "La Bella Mafia" and "The Blueprin Lil' Kim and Jay-Z lead ...

  40. The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2003 Nominees

    August 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2003 Nominees Below is the final list of nominees for the The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2003, which will be presented Oct. 13 in Miami and broadcast in November on BET. ARTIST OF THE YEAR -- MALE SOLO Jay-Z Nelly Ba ...

  41. 2003 MTV Video Music Awards Nominees

    July 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT MTV Video Music Awards Nominees Here are the nominees for 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, to be presented Aug. 28 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Best Video Of The Year 50 Cent, "In Da Club" Johnny Cash, "Hurt" Missy ...

  42. R. Kelly Plans Road Trip

    July 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Embattled R&B star R. Kelly will be able to put his troubles on the shelf for a while this summer as he hits the road for a brief set of shows. Kelly's run of headlining shows begins Aug. 15 in Oa Embattled R&B star R. Kelly will be abl ...

  43. A Closer Look At Music-Related Television This Week

    June 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of June 30-July 6, 2003. There's more music in the air than usual this week, thanks to Friday's Fourth of July celebrations across the country. A&E will broadcast &qu ...

  44. Neptunes Set 'Clones' In Stone

    June 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Neptunes have finalized the track listing for their forthcoming compilation "Star Trak Presents... Clones." Due Aug. 5 from the ubiquitous production team's own Star Trak label, the disc includes The Neptunes have finalized the tr ...

  45. Hot Product

    June 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Charlie's Angels 'Full' Time Pink, Nas, David Bowie and Nickelback have recorded new songs for the "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" soundtrack, due this week on Columbia Records/Sony Music Soundtrax. Pink's " ...

  46. 2003 Teen Choice Awards Nominees

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nominees for the 2003 Teen Choice Awards, which will be handed out Aug. 6 during a live two-hour ceremony that will be broadcast by Fox. Below are the nominees for the 2003 Teen Choice Awards, which will be handed out Aug. 6 during a live two-hour c ...

  47. Lopez, Eminem Lead 'Teen Choice' Nominees

    June 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Musical and acting skills have placed Jennifer Lopez ahead of fellow nominees for the 2003 Teen Choice Awards. Lopez scored 12 nominations, including nods for movie actress, female music artist and fe Musical and acting skills have placed Jennifer L ...

  48. Neptunes Strut Their Stuff On 'Clones'

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ubiquitous production team the Neptunes is working on a star-studded compilation featuring artists from its Star Trak label. Due Aug. 5, "Star Trak Presents... Clones" is described by Neptunes princip Ubiquitous production team the Neptune ...

  49. Simmons Discusses Drug Laws With N.Y. Governor

    June 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons met with New York's Gov. George Pataki to discuss revising the state's drug laws. Monday's two-hour meeting took place as indications point toward a relaxing of the laws, Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons met ...

  50. Staind, Deftones Rock Billboard Album Chart

    May 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 New releases from Staind and the Deftones top The Billboard 200 this week, extending the reign of rock on the album chart. Staind's "14 Shades of Gray" (Flip/Elektra) sold 221,000 copies in the U.S., New releases from Staind and the D ...

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