By the time Roger Gengo was 17, he already had founded the music blog 'Masked Gorilla' -- but he had his sights set on more. In the decade since, he has expanded 'Masked Gorilla' to a concert series -- and now, finally, a record label.
Just days before Chang’s audiobook release, Billboard spoke to her about writing The Baddest Bitch in the Room, her relationships with ODB and Chris Lighty, mental health, women in hip-hop, and Asian representation in the entertainment industry.
Billboard spoke to D.O.L.L.A., who was calling from Portland, to talk about putting together the project., his relationship with Lil Wayne, what he thinks of other NBA rappers, and his dream collaborators.
Every year, there is a large influx of artists that visit the XXL offices to pitch themselves to be on the annual Freshman cover before fan voting for the 10th spot begins. In short clips, each rapper tells the viewers why they deserve to be on it, listing things like their career accomplishments so far, how their music is connecting with their fans, and why it's their time now. Some actually showcase their talent – like YK Osiris, who sang “Worth It” acapella in his pitch – while others simply let their personality do the talking.
Maxo Kream and his father stopped by the Billboard offices to talk about their relationship, their differences and similarities, Maxo gaining his father’s support of his music after years of skepticism, and more.
Masters of Ceremony returned to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday (June 28) to celebrate the art of MCing with Das EFX, Junior Reid, M.O.P., Cam’ron, The Lox, Fabolous, DMX, T.I., Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent.