1. Intro to Phife Dawg: 8 Songs You Need to Know

    April 06, 2016 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hip-hop lost a gifted rhymer with the recent passing of Phife Dawg (real name Malik Taylor), a founding member of A Tribe Called Quest , who died last month at the age of 45 due to complications from diabetes. The Queens native started pumping out h ...

  2. A Tribe Called Quest Issues Statement on Phife Dawg's Death: 'We Are Devastated'

    March 23, 2016 7:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 A Tribe Called Quest has issued a statement following the death of member Malik I. Taylor, popularly known as Phife Dawg  "The 5 Foot Assassin." Taylor died Tuesday at the age of 45 due to complications resulting from diabetes .  Phife Daw ...

  3. Large Professor Remembers His 'Witty, Sharp, Smooth' Friend Phife Dawg

    March 23, 2016 6:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, New York was the epicenter of hip-hop, with groups like Main Source , 3rd Bass , De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers all adding their own individual styles, cutting-edge production and dynamic lyricism to the g ...

  4. Q-Tip Named Kennedy Center's First Artistic Director for Hip Hop Culture Series

    March 08, 2016 2:14 PM EST 0 0 0 In honor of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' forthcoming Hip Hop Culture series, rap legend Q-Tip has been named the program's first artistic director. The Tribe Called Quest veteran will curate the series at the Washing ...

  5. Grammys 2016 Preview: Jamie XX, Skrillex and Diplo and More Dance Music Nominees on Their Hit Music

    February 13, 2016 9:15 AM EST 0 0 0 Best Dance/ Electronic Album Our Love Caribou Label Merge Records Like most electronic-dance producers, Canadian Dan Snaith has more than one alias: Daphni, for spontaneously generated dance tracks, and his longer-lasting alter ego, Caribou, which e ...

  6. Chemical Brothers Announce New Album, Share First Track 'Sometimes I Feel So Deserted': Listen

    April 23, 2015 11:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Chemical Brothers will return this July with Born In The Echoes , their first album in five years.  According to the blurb accompanying the announcement, the 11-track album is a “collection of lean, propulsive machine driven music” featuring col ...

  7. Exclusive: Mobb Deep Talk Career Beginnings & 'The Infamous' on Its 20th Anniversary

    April 20, 2015 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Prodigy & Havoc also say they're hoping to have a new album out this year. Two teenagers are standing outside of Island Def Jam on Broadway soliciting their tapes. It's 1991 and the music from  Mobb Deep 's Prodigy and Havoc -- th ...

  8. Q-Tip Weighs In On Iggy Azalea

    December 20, 2014 8:04 PM EST 2.661 k 87 40 0 On the same day  Lupe Fiasco  was  asked  about  Iggy Azalea  by a fan,  Q-Tip  took to Twitter on Saturday (Dec. 20) to also share his opinion of the female rapper who has faced her share of criticism about cultural misappropriation this ...

  9. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Out at Midnight Tonight: Track List Revealed & Title Explained

    December 14, 2014 6:12 PM EST D'Angelo 's long-awaited full-length album, Black Messiah , will be out Sunday night, according to a Tweet by collaborator Q-Tip. It was confirmed by reps at a listening party Sunday that the LP will be released at midnight. @dangleo ...

  10. Mariah Carey, 'Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse': Track-by-Track Review

    May 23, 2014 10:42 AM EDT In the nearly five years since Mariah Carey's last proper studio album, the singer has given birth to twins, served a stint on "American Idol," and reaffirmed her acting skills with a couple of films thankfully not called "Glit ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Bruce Springsteen Nabs 10th Chart-Topper in Britain with 'High Hopes'

    January 20, 2014 5:40 AM EST Bruce Springsteen notched his tenth No. 1 album in the U.K. yesterday (Jan. 19) with “High Hopes” (Columbia/Sony Music), as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) moved past the half-million sales mark to stake another week atop the singles chart.  ...

  13. Bruce Springsteen's 'High Hopes' Opens At No. 1 in Britain

    January 20, 2014 4:07 AM EST Bruce Springsteen notched his tenth No. 1 album in the U.K. Sunday (Jan. 19) with “High Hopes” (Columbia/Sony Music), as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) moved past the half-million sales mark to stake another week atop the singles chart.  Sp ...

  14. Oscars Name 75 Songs in Contention for Original Song Award

    December 16, 2013 7:30 PM EST Five songs from “The Great Gatsby,” four of the five Golden Globe nominees and another 66 recordings have been deemed eligible for the Original Song category for the 86th Academy Awards. “Great Gatsby,” the best-seller of any soundtrack released i ...

  15. Oscars Name 75 Songs in Contention for Original Song Award

    December 16, 2013 7:30 PM EST Five songs from “The Great Gatsby,” four of the five Golden Globe nominees and another 66 recordings have been deemed eligible for the Original Song category for the 86th Academy Awards. “Great Gatsby,” the best-seller of any soundtrack released ...

  16. Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes Release 'The Abstract & The Dragon' Mixtape: Listen

    December 12, 2013 1:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip team up for their collaborative mixtape, "The Abstract & The Dragon." The 28-song mixtape is laced with new collaborations, remixes and old school hits of their own ("Scenario," "Vivrant Thing" ...

  17. Kanye West Recruits Q-Tip & Rick Rubin for Upcoming Album

    December 03, 2013 4:44 PM EST Only months after the release of  "Yeezus" (June 18), Kanye West is prepping his seventh studio album. Kanye West Astonishes at First Brooklyn 'Yeezus' Show During an interview with Elliott Wilson for Life + Times, Q-Tip, who is ...

  18. A Tribe Called Quest's 'Yeezus' Shows Will Reportedly Be Their Last

    October 16, 2013 5:38 PM EDT Yesterday (Oct. 15), Kanye West revealed that Pusha T and A Tribe Called Quest will be joining him on the "Yeezus" tour. Pusha will perform with 'Ye in Las Vegas, NV show on Oct. 25. A Tribe Called Quest will perform at Brooklyn ...

  19. John Legend Talks 'Love In The Future' Collaborators & Definitive Technology Partnership

    August 05, 2013 6:15 PM EDT The singer recruits Pharrell, Q-Tip, Hit-Boy & More for upcoming album. With less than a month until the release of John Legend's 'Love in the Future' (Sept. 3), the singer says his soulful album is "wrapped up" and &q ...

  20. Spree Wilson Talks Road to 'Life in Technicolor' Album & 'All I Need' Controversy

    April 15, 2013 2:20 PM EDT Spree Wilson is reintroducing Atlanta's beloved bass sub-genre on his upcoming project, "Life in Technicolor," slated to debut on May 1. "I hope people get another idea of what Atlanta music is about and Atlanta in general,&q ...

  21. Q-Tip, Director Todd Haynes To Participate in Tribeca Panel

    April 11, 2013 6:12 AM EDT The Tribeca Film Festival will hold a panel pairing hip hop artist Q-Tip with I'm Not There director Todd Haynes for a discussion of how filmmakers and musicians take cues from each other, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The panel, call ...

  22. Q-Tip, Director Todd Haynes To Participate in Tribeca Panel

    April 11, 2013 5:50 AM EDT The Tribeca Film Festival will hold a panel pairing hip hop artist Q-Tip with "I'm Not There" director Todd Haynes for a discussion of how filmmakers and musicians take cues from each other, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The p ...

  23. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 20, 2013 6:39 PM EST Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans. Some musicians, such as John Legend and Alicia Keys, will be all ove ...

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  25. Cara Lewis

    November 28, 2012 3:15 PM EST Agent, Creative Artists Agency A Bold Move Cara Lewis, who joined Creative Artists Agency as a music agent in January after a 23-year career at William Morris Endeavor, is widely regarded as the top agent in urban music. Her roster boasts such art ...

  26. Kanye West's Alleged 'Cruel Winter' Short Film Trailer Surfaces: Watch

    November 01, 2012 4:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Although details on G.O.O.D. Music's second collaborative album, "Cruel Winter," are scarce, a trailer for its coinciding short film seems to have surfaced the 'net. Yesterday (Oct. 31), director and editor, Austin Christianson, ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. BET Hip-Hop Awards Marred by Backstage Scuffle

    September 30, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in th ...

  29. Scuffle Backstage at BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 30, 2012 12:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in the ...

  30. Chris Lighty's Funeral Draws Hip-Hop Royalty

    September 05, 2012 4:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Diddy, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons Among Mourners in NYC LL Cool J and Sean "Diddy" Combs were among the stars who packed a standing-room-only funeral chapel Wednesday to pay their respects to music-industry mogul Chris L ...

  31. Chris Lighty Remembered by Russell Simmons, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Others At NYC Funeral Service

    September 05, 2012 3:00 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Hip-hop royalty including LL Cool J and Sean "Diddy" Combs packed a standing-room-only funeral chapel Wednesday to pay their respects to music-industry mogul Chris Lighty. Mourners at the Manhattan funeral home also inclu ...

  32. Chris Lighty 1968-2012: From The Bronx to Native Tongues to Top Hip-Hop Exec

    August 30, 2012 8:09 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died this morning of an ...

  33. Chris Lighty: 1968-2012

    August 30, 2012 7:35 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died the morning of Aug ...

  34. Chris Lighty Remembered By Larry Mestel, Diddy, Rev Run, 50 Cent, Russell Simmons, More

    August 30, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Veteran hip-hop manager and founder of Violator Management Chris Lighty passed away earlier today. One of the most influential managers in hip-hop music, Lighty worked with such luminaries as Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Nas, Mobb Deep, Mariah ...

  35. Chris Lighty, Hip-Hop Impresario, Found Dead

    August 30, 2012 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. Circumstances of his death were un ...

  36. Chris Lighty, Founder of Violator Management and One of Hip-Hop's All Time Great Execs, Has Died

    August 30, 2012 2:34 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. He was 44. A spokeman for the Ne ...

  37. Melissa Victor Gets VP Stripes at Island Def Jam

    August 20, 2012 6:29 PM EDT Melissa Victor, Justin Bieber's longtime press representative, has been promoted to vice president, media and artist relations at Island Def Jam Music Group. Department head and EVP Laura Swanson made the announcement, praising Victor, who al ...

  38. Pat Higdon, Former President of UMPG Nashville, Re-Launches Patrick Joseph Music

    August 08, 2012 5:10 PM EDT Pat Higdon, whose industry credits include a recent stint as president of Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville, is teaming with SONGS Music Publishing to re-launch the publishing company that he created in 1989, called Patrick Joseph Music. ...

  39. Anatomy of a Synch: How Caveman's 'My Time' Landed in the 'I Love New York' Campaign (and 6,000 Taxis)

    June 22, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Licensing songs for commercials, or synchs, is a decades-old trend that has grown to become a meaningful part of the industry's revenue (over $342 million globally in 2011, according to the IFPI's 2012 report) and even more meaningful pa ...

  40. Teyana Taylor Joins Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music

    May 14, 2012 8:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Teyana Taylor has signed to G.O.O.D. Music, according to MTV News . The "Google Me" singer is the latest to join Kanye West 's label group, with Q-Tip signing on in April and West hinting at 2 Chainz' inclusion last week. The 21- ...

  41. Teyana Taylor Signs to G.O.O.D. Music

    May 14, 2012 5:46 PM EDT Teyana Taylor, better known to most music fans as the voice behind some of the hooks on Kanye West's Grammy-winning album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy , will again be linking up with Mr. West after signing to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint, ...

  42. Kanye West Hints at 2 Chainz G.O.O.D. Signing

    May 11, 2012 7:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 The G.O.O.D. news just keeps coming. According to Kanye West 's Twitter page , the hip-hop star's label group may have a new member: "2 Chainz is charging 100k for a verse now cause he's G.O.O.D!!!!!!" 2 Chainz himself retwe ...

  43. Spotify's Artist In Residence DA Wallach on Apps, Artist Services, and What His Job Title Means

    May 10, 2012 1:40 PM EDT DA Wallach, half of the pop-rock duo Chester French and Spotify's official artist in residence. As one of its many efforts to make itself a different kind of music-subscription service, Spotify brought in an official "artist in residence ...

  44. More Tributes To Beastie Boy Adam Yauch: Eminem, Chuck D, Jay-Z, Madonna, Others

    May 06, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Beastie Boys (from left): Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock "Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it's obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and ...

  45. Q-Tip Signs To Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Label

    April 11, 2012 11:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Q-Tip , the New York hip-hop legend and former leader of A Tribe Called Quest , has signed to Kanye West 's G.O.O.D. Music imprint on Def Jam Recordings. His fourth solo effort, tentatively titled "The Last Zulu," will be released thr ...

  46. Q-Tip Signs To Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Label

    April 11, 2012 10:29 AM EDT Influential A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip celebrated his 42nd birthday yesterday, and kept the party going through today with the announcement that he had signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint, according to XXL . G.O.O.D. Music, w ...

  47. Drake 'Proud'-ly Rewrites Record for Most Rap Songs No. 1s

    February 03, 2012 4:52 PM EST With his 11th No. 1 on Billboard's Rap Songs chart, Drake rewrites the mark for most leaders in the list's 23-year history. I.e., when it comes to topping the tally the most, Drake, in less than three years, has become the best the chart ...

  48. Dance Music's Most Influential Executives

    February 03, 2012 4:45 PM EST It's no secret that dance music is bigger than its ever been - as the seven Grammy nominations for this week's Billboard cover stars , Skrillex, A-Trak and Diplo demonstrate. Here's a look at nine of the biggest executives in the ga ...

  49. Drake 'Proud'-ly Rewrites Record for Most Rap Songs No. 1s

    February 03, 2012 11:55 AM EST 0 0 0 With his 11th No. 1 on Billboard's Rap Songs chart, Drake rewrites the mark for most leaders in the list's 23-year history. I.e., when it comes to topping the tally the most, Drake, in less than three years, has become the best the chart e ...

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