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  • Common Uses 'Nobody's Smiling' to Address Chicago Violence

    Common Uses 'Nobody's Smiling' to Address Chicago Violence | ARTICLE

    Common and his longtime producer No I.D. made an agreement to use his new album, Nobody's Smiling, to address the violence that is plaguing their hometown of Chicago.This week, the city anticipates confirmation that the...

    July 24, 2014 11:00 AM ET
  • SZA Joins Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller

    SZA Joins Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller | VIDEO

    New Jersey-bred SZA was raised on a healthy music diet of Wu-Tang Clan and jazz, hence her stage name is fashioned after the Wu frontman RZA. Since being recruited to be the first lady of Kendrick Lamar's...

    June 24, 2014 3:00 PM ET
  • Jo Mersa Marley's 'Comfortable' Remix

    Jo Mersa Marley's 'Comfortable' Remix | VIDEO

    Bob Marley would be proud of his grandson Jo Mersa, Stephan Marley's eldest son. He's been honing his talents as a songwriter and producer since he was 11 years old, has toured with his family, and is...

    June 6, 2014 11:30 AM ET
  • Lupe Fiasco Creates Booming Anti-Cancer Anthem, 'Mission'

    Lupe Fiasco Creates Booming Anti-Cancer Anthem, 'Mission' | ARTICLE

    Songs with philanthropic messages are typically somber, though triumphant, power ballads. But Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco has instead created a booming, bold declarative hip-hop anthem "Mission" for those who have survived cancer or are still...

    May 22, 2014 12:25 PM ET
  •  See It First: Michelle Williams' 'Fire'

    See It First: Michelle Williams' 'Fire' | VIDEO

    It's been 10 years since Destiny's Child released its last studio album, "Destiny Fulfilled," and member Michelle Williams has yet to take a break. Her third album, "Unexpected," came out in 2008, and she's starred in back-to-back...

    May 9, 2014 5:42 PM ET
  • Why August Alsina's 'Testimony' Isn't Very Happy

    Why August Alsina's 'Testimony' Isn't Very Happy | ARTICLE

    August Alsina's debut album, "Testimony," debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, but he hasn't had a chance to consider the significance of that feat."Honestly, I haven't had time to stop and...

    April 30, 2014 11:05 AM ET
  • Watch Ledisi Unleash 'The Truth' at Yahoo

    Watch Ledisi Unleash 'The Truth' at Yahoo | VIDEO

    Eight-time Grammy nominee Ledisi has such an amazing vocal gift that many of the greats — Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Rachelle Ferrell, and even First Lady Michelle Obama — sing her praises. Ledisi, who released...

    April 25, 2014 10:29 AM ET
  • Future Thanks Rico Wade

    Future Thanks Rico Wade | VIDEO

    Future has a long history with Outkast, so it's no surprise that the Atlanta rapper — who releases his sophomore album, "Honest," on Tuesday — played a 10-minute set during the legendary MCs' comeback concert at the...

    April 23, 2014 3:30 PM ET
  • Mali Music Offers 'Beautiful' Acoustic Performance

    Mali Music Offers 'Beautiful' Acoustic Performance | ARTICLE

    Mali Music is one of the most promising soul singers to emerge in the last decade and he has the accolades to prove it. When he performed his single "Beautiful" on "American Idol" in March,...

    April 11, 2014 4:52 PM ET
  • Run-DMC, Hip-Hop's Greatest Trio, Was Almost a One-Man Show

    Run-DMC, Hip-Hop's Greatest Trio, Was Almost a One-Man Show | ARTICLE

    Run-DMC, hip-hop's most famous rap trio, was almost a solo act. Darryl "DMC" McDaniels had to win the approval of the group's manager to secure his spot, the Rock and Roll Hall of fame inductee told Yahoo Music...

    March 26, 2014 10:55 AM ET
  • See Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Nasty Boy' Reinterpreted as Family Sitcom

    See Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Nasty Boy' Reinterpreted as Family Sitcom | ARTICLE

    March 9 is a sad day for Notorious B.I.G. fans. It's the anniversary of his 1997 death to a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. But producer David Catalano has given the late rap star's followers a reason...

    March 10, 2014 10:25 AM ET
  • This Is ScHoolboy Q's Brain on Drugs: 'Prescription/Oxymoron'

    This Is ScHoolboy Q's Brain on Drugs: 'Prescription/Oxymoron' | ARTICLE

    Hopefully, ScHoolboy Q will create a short for his 7-minute, two-part song "Prescription/Oxymoron." The vivid storytelling describes his character's love affair with medications.In the first verse from the song on his Top Dawg Entertainment /...

    February 27, 2014 11:33 AM ET
  • Kesington Kross's 'Gimme Your Love' Video

    Kesington Kross's 'Gimme Your Love' Video | VIDEO

    The new soul, pop, rock singer debuted Tuesday the video for his infectious booming ballad, "Gimme Your Love," a song about instant attraction. While the lyrics describe bliss in standard terms ("Something about the way you're looking tonight,...

    February 24, 2014 10:43 AM ET
  • How Does Brandy's 'He Is' Sound as a Jazz Song?

    How Does Brandy's 'He Is' Sound as a Jazz Song? | ARTICLE

    Jazz trumpeter Dontae Winslow's new album "Enter the Dynasty" includes an amazing cover of an R&B classic – Brandy's 2002 hit "He Is." Yahoo Music offers...

    February 11, 2014 11:10 AM ET
  •  7 Ways the World Went Crazy With 'As Nasty As They Wanna Be'

    7 Ways the World Went Crazy With 'As Nasty As They Wanna Be' | ARTICLE

    Props for pioneering southern rap group 2 Live Crew are long overdue. Friday marks the 25th anniversary of the Miami-based group's third album, As Nasty As They Wanna Be, a recording that...

    February 7, 2014 9:55 AM ET
  • Theophilus London’s Got His Own Same Love Story, Hear Preview

    Theophilus London’s Got His Own Same Love Story, Hear Preview | ARTICLE

    On a preview clip of "Do Girls" that leaked on SoundCloud Wednesday, beloved New York rapper Theophilus London raps about having a fling with a woman who is in a lesbian relationship. The leak came without notice....

    January 30, 2014 3:30 PM ET
  • 5 Lessons for New School Rappers From Kid ‘N Play’s Arsenio Slot

    5 Lessons for New School Rappers From Kid ‘N Play’s Arsenio Slot | ARTICLE

    Who doesn't like surprises? Arsenio Hall Show viewers received a good treat Thursday when famed 1990's hip-hop superstars Kid 'N Play made an appearance. Here are 5 things new rappers could learn from the...

    January 20, 2014 12:20 PM ET
  • 5 Ways Blue Ivy Has Already Impacted Beyoncé and Jay Z’s Music

    5 Ways Blue Ivy Has Already Impacted Beyoncé and Jay Z’s Music | ARTICLE

    Jay Z and Beyoncé's baby girl Blue Ivy Carter is growing up fast. On Tuesday, the darling toddler turns 2 years old. But instead of spending her time engaging in typical Terrible Twos antics, Blue is busy...

    January 7, 2014 10:05 AM ET
  • The 11 Most Memorable Kanye Moments of 2013

    The 11 Most Memorable Kanye Moments of 2013 | ARTICLE

    Love or hate Kanye West, the guy deserves some credit for knowing how to keep himself in the news. 2013 was no different. Below, we list some of the year's most unforgettable moments that include everything from rants...

    December 27, 2013 12:00 PM ET
  • Why are B-Real, Xzibit and Demrick Calling Themselves Serial Killers?

    Why are B-Real, Xzibit and Demrick Calling Themselves Serial Killers? | ARTICLE

    It's not hard to take literally the title Serial Killers, the name of B-Real, Xzibit and Demrick's new super group. The trio that released its debut mixtape, "Serial Killers Vol. 1," on Halloween, lives up to...

    December 13, 2013 6:15 PM ET
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