1. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT 2 0 0 There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And ...

  2. Reach Music Works On Exceeding Its Grasp

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Nearly two decades after launching, publisher Reach Music relishes its mid-level status Michael Closter started Reach Music Publishing nearly 20 years ago in his New York apartment when he was just 24 years old, and since then has been growing the ...

  3. Lupe Fiasco Hits Chicago With Cartoons in 'Around My Way' Video

    June 28, 2012 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lupe Fiasco tackles an array of social issues -- all while hanging out in his native Chicago and inviting some two-dimensional friends onto his stoop -- in the music video for "Around My Way [Freedom Ain't Free]," which debuted on Wed ...

  4. Single Reviews: Lupe Fiasco, Cher Lloyd, Beck

    June 14, 2012 2:05 PM EDT Lupe Fiasco "Around My Way ­(Freedom Ain't Free)" (4:17) Producers: Simonsayz, B-Side Writer: L. Fiasco Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music Atlantic Records Lupe Fiasco is often considered one of the few sociopolitical rappers still mo ...

  5. Listen: Kanye West's Five Best GOOD Friday Songs

    April 06, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Friday (Apr. 6) -- the actual Good Friday holiday -- Kanye West revived his GOOD Friday release series , which features a new single posted online every Friday as a free giveaway to the rapper's rabid fans, with "Mercy," a new trac ...

  6. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 14, 2012 2:11 PM EDT March 20, 2012 | BACKBEAT Backbeat: BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at SXSW BMI, Billboard, Suntrust and Austin's Four Seasons Hotel teamed up to host the BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at the South by Southwest Music Festival on Fri ...

  7. Billboard.biz's Backbeat

    August 01, 2011 3:34 AM EDT From the record release parties to the green rooms, our exclusive look at the people behind the music business -- behind the scenes. FEATURED BACKBEATS: December 12, 2011 - Touring | Radio | Backbeat | Record Labels | Indies | Digital & Mobile ...

  8. 'Watch the Throne' Production Credits Leak, LMFAO and Seal Lend Vocals: Report

    July 19, 2011 1:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 In just two weeks 'Watch the Throne' will be in the hands of many. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's highly anticipatated collaborative album is slated to debut digitally on August 1st and hit shelves August 5th, according to USA Today . ' ...

  9. DJ Soul Drops 'Big Pun Tribute' Mixtape

    February 08, 2011 2:41 PM EST 0 0 0 To celebrate his 11th death anniversary yesterday (Feb. 7), friend of the Juice DJ Soul finally dropped his " Big Pun Tribute" mixtape, which originally supposed to drop last year. Soul plans to release the tape on iTunes and donate all th ...

  10. Ghostface Killah's 'Apollo Kids' Track-By-Track

    December 15, 2010 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 After releasing offbeat R&B exploration "Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City" last year, Wu-Tang Clan MC Ghostface Killah returns to creating pummeling street rap with "Apollo Kids," his ninth studio album set for a D ...

  11. 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. ...

  12. Yo La Tengo, Pete Rock, Greg Dulli Kick Off CMJ 2010 in New York

    October 20, 2010 12:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 The CMJ (College Music Journal) festival and conference kicked off Tuesday night (Oct. 19) with an especially wide-ranging lineup of shows, from indie rock stalwarts Yo La Tengo at Brooklyn Bowl and Greg Dulli at Bowery Ballroom to hip-hop veterans ...

  13. Yo La Tengo, Pete Rock, Greg Dulli Kick Off CMJ 2010 in New York

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The CMJ (College Music Journal) festival and conference kicked off Tuesday night (Oct. 19) with an especially wide-ranging lineup of shows, from indie rock stalwarts Yo La Tengo at Brooklyn Bowl and Greg Dulli at Bowery Ballroom to hip-hop veteran ...

  14. Kanye West Says He Had Considered Suicide

    October 19, 2010 10:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 K anye Wes t told an audience at a screening of his film, "Runaway," that he thought about killing himself, but now feels a responsibility to make a meaningful contribution to pop culture and art. Describing himself as a pop icon and " ...

  15. Pete Rock 'Surprised' to Hear Kanye & Jay-Z Will Use His Beat

    October 01, 2010 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Just a couple of days after Kanye West revealed on Twitter that Pete Rock would be one of the producers on the new joint album between himself and Jay-Z , "Watch The Throne," Pete Rock says he was just as surprised to hear the news. " ...

  16. New Kanye West Album Due In September

    June 28, 2010 4:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 G.O.O.D. Music artist Big Sean has been the main source of information as it pertains to Kanye West's fifth album, still tentatively titled "Good Ass Job." Back in April, Big Sean tweeted the album would be released in June. Over the ...

  17. Kurupt, "Streetlights"

    April 30, 2010 3:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Riding high on the critical success of "BlaQKout," his 2009 collaboration with DJ Quik , rapper Kurupt called on his West Coast brethren to help him maintain the momentum with "Streetlights," his first solo album since 2001. Kuru ...

  18. Kanye West Taps Q-Tip, RZA, Pete Rock For New Album

    April 06, 2010 11:24 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West is ensconced in his Diamond Head, Hawaii home and recording studio, putting the final touches on his forthcoming album with guest rappers like Q-Tip, RZA and Pete Rock, numerous reports have confirmed. A source close to the project -- whi ...

  19. Raekwon Announces 'Linx 2' Date, Says Budden 'Copied' Method Man

    May 19, 2009 8:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 As first reported on Billboard.com last month , rapper Raekwon signed with EMI for his ICE H20 label, which will distribute his highly-anticipated "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II" album. Now, that set finally has a street date of August 11. &q ...

  20. Nas, Damian Marley, The Roots Lead Rock The Bells Bill

    April 07, 2009 10:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nas, Damian Marley, the Roots, Big Boi and Common, among others, will lead this summer's Rock the Bells traveling hip-hop festival, which is set to visit 10 North American cities on consecutive weekends from June 27-Aug. 9. Also on the bill in ...

  21. 50 Cent, Ludacris, Method Man and Redman: Billboard Bits

    March 24, 2009 5:51 PM EDT Cent: No 'Expendable' Film, Las Vegas Video Shoot, Fall Out Boy Tour Last week, it was announced Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson had been tapped to replace Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker in Sylvester Stallone's "The Ex ...

  22. Snoop Dogg Leads Johnny Cash Remix Disc

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Johnny Cash's music has been reinterpreted by a host of hip-hop and dance music acts for "Johnny Cash Remixed," due Oct. 14 via Compadre Records/Music World Music. Johnny Cash's music has been reinterpreted by a host of hip-hop a ...

  23. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    February 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Janet Jackson begins her new chapter at Island Def Jam, Erykah Badu returns from a long recording hiatus with an ambitious new project, Dolly Parton gives mainstream country another try and Goldfrapp Rapper Webbie's "Southern Life 2" ...

  24. Pete Rock Nabs Redman, Raekwon For New CD

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper/producer Pete Rock, half of the '90s duo Pete Rock and CL Smooth, has wrapped a new album, "NY's Finest," due Feb. 26 via Nature Sounds. Rapper/producer Pete Rock, half of the '90s duo Pete Rock and CL Smooth, has wra ...

  25. Pete Rock Readies 'NY Finest'

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rapper/producer Pete Rock, half of the '90s duo Pete Rock and CL Smooth, has wrapped a new album, "NY's Finest," due Feb. 26 via Nature Sounds. Rock produced every track except for one Green Lantern-helmed cut. The first single ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. '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. ...

  28. Where's 'Brooklyn' At?

    August 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Wu-Tang Clan member Masta Killa returns this week with his sophomore album, "Made in Brooklyn," via Nature Sounds. Wu-Tang Clan member Masta Killa returns this week with his sophomore album, "Made in Brooklyn," via Nature Sounds. ...

  29. Masta Killa Keeps Wu-Tang Close For New Projects

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Everybody who has an album coming out, I'm there," Masta Killa tells Billboard.com. "The foundation of my music is family oriented so without my supporting cast it wouldn't be what it is." With his sophomore solo set, ...

  30. Masta Killa Surrounded By Wu-Tang On New Album

    July 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Wu-Tang Clan member Masta Killa will on Aug. 8 issue his sophomore album, "Made in Brooklyn," via Nature Sounds. Wu-Tang Clan member Masta Killa will on Aug. 8 issue his sophomore album, "Made in Brooklyn," via Nature Sounds. The ...

  31. Eclectic Artists To Rock SummerStage

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A typically eclectic crew of artists will perform in the coming months as part of the SummerStage series in New York's Central Park. A typically eclectic crew of artists will perform in the coming months as part of the SummerStage series in New ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. TV

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, SEPT, 26 "Today," NBC Featured artists: Josh Groban, Tracy Chapman. "Live With Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured artist: ...

  36. Dungen Expands Album, Tours North America

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Swedish multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes' Dungen project will finally release its acclaimed album, "Ta Det Lugnt," in North America this summer via Kemado Records. Swedish multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes' Dungen project wi ...

  37. Common Not A Plain Rapper

    May 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Common is back. That is the consensus that reverberated coast-to-coast in advance of the May 24 release of "Be." And judging by the unanimously positive buzz around the Getting Out Our Dreams/ ...

  38. Top Rap, Dance Acts Set For Audiotistic Fest

    October 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A number of top hip-hop and DJ/electronica acts will descend on Los Angeles for the Audiotistic festival, to be held Oct. 18 at the L.A. Sports Arena. The event will feature performances by OutKast pr A number of top hip-hop and DJ/electronica acts ...

  39. Billboard Bits: Pete Rock, Newton-John, Mike Peters

    August 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 News on Pete Rock, Newton-John, Mike Peters Veteran hip-hop producer Pete Rock is in the studio working on a new album, "Soul Survivor 2," for London-based BBE. Due in early 2004, the album will feature appearances by Talib Kweli, Angie St ...

  40. Keith Murray Makes His Def Jam Debut

    April 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Not many rap artists get a second chance at having a successful career. With fans' constant desire for new talent, yesterday's hot acts can easily fall by the wayside. That's not the case ...

  41. Hot Product

    March 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Mr. Cheeks 'Back' To Back Queens, N.Y.-based rapper Mr. Cheeks has returned with his second solo album, "Back Again," due this week from Universal Records. "Back Again" is the follow-up to the 2001 album "John P. K ...

  42. Mr. Cheeks 'Back Again' On New Album

    March 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Queens, N.Y.-based rapper Mr. Cheeks has returned with his second solo album, "Back Again," slated for release next Tuesday (March 18) on Universal Records. Queens, N.Y.-based rapper Mr. Cheeks has returned with his second solo album, &quo ...

  43. Jeff Townes Makes Magnificent' Solo Debut

    August 07, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. There has always been a touch of jazz buried deep in the musical psyche of Jeff Townes. Even while churning out rap crossover hits ("Summertime," "Parents Just Don't Understand" ...

  44. Genesis

    December 08, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 In the beginning, there was Busta Rhymes. Well, not quite, but that's what listeners might expect from Genesis, the veteran rapper's fifth album. In the beginning, there was Busta Rhymes. Well, not quite, but that's what listeners mig ...

  45. Busta Rhymes Enjoys Rebirth

    December 07, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 "The rebirth of Busta Rhymes is manifesting currently," the ever-confident rapper says of his new album, "Genesis." "With this album, you're getting everything from the best of what you already love m "The rebirth ...

  46. Brace 4 Impak

    August 04, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Underground hip-hop production outfit Da Beatminerz is known more for its deft keyboard work than turntable skills. Underground hip-hop production outfit Da Beatminerz is known more for its deft keyboard work than turntable skills. Although primaril ...