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  • The Roots Perform Cereal-Themed Set, Tell Weird Bill Murray Story

    The Roots Perform Cereal-Themed Set, Tell Weird Bill Murray Story | ARTICLE

    "I’ve got a Bill Murray story," Questlove says, in all seriousness. It was just discussed that only two stories go viral these days: those about Kanye West or the Ghostbusters star. "Bill Murray strangely followed my DJ...

    June 26, 2014 10:20 AM ET
  • Q&A: Meek Mill on 'Dreamchasers 3' and His Expensive Watch

    Q&A: Meek Mill on 'Dreamchasers 3' and His Expensive Watch | ARTICLE

    At New York's Roc the Mic studios last night, Meek Mill broke open a pack of Swisher Sweets in a reflex fashion. His hands were there - his eyes and mind elsewhere - as he rapped...

    September 26, 2013 4:45 PM ET
  • Big Sean Is 'Finally Famous' in New York

    Big Sean Is 'Finally Famous' in New York | ARTICLE

    In a summer where rap stars have thrown their hats into the ring like trucks at a demolition derby, Big Sean has been sidelined. His album was pushed back – shoved, really – after Yeezus dropped...

    August 28, 2013 12:45 PM ET
  • The 10 Wildest Rap Beefs Of All Time

    The 10 Wildest Rap Beefs Of All Time | ARTICLE

    The other day, Kendrick Lamar took his guest verse on Big Sean's "Control" as an opportunity to casually invite all his friends to fight to the death: "I'm usually homeboys with the same n***as I'm rhymin' with...

    August 15, 2013 2:29 PM ET
  • Eminem Thrills With Career-Spanning Set at Exclusive NYC Show

    Eminem Thrills With Career-Spanning Set at Exclusive NYC Show | ARTICLE

    In February, Eminem’s longtime manager Paul Rosenberg told Billboard, "We fully expect to be releasing a new Eminem album in 2013. He’s been working on it for some time. It’s safe to say that it will be...

    August 8, 2013 12:30 PM ET
  • Jay Z and Justin Timberlake Take Over Yankee Stadium as Legends of the Summer

    Jay Z and Justin Timberlake Take Over Yankee Stadium as Legends of the Summer | ARTICLE

    Watching Justin Timberlake and Jay Z interact onstage – as they did at Yankee Stadium last night – it feels like the two have forever been friends and collaborators, spending their...

    July 20, 2013 5:30 PM ET
  • Chicago's Chance the Rapper Is Ready to Go in New York

    Chicago's Chance the Rapper Is Ready to Go in New York | ARTICLE

    Chance the Rapper chews gum like he wants to draw blood, like he's trying to quit something. It's a small thing to notice, when he's herky-jerking, "Thriller"-clapping, jumping jack-ing and gliding like Jamiroquai, but it's something that's...

    June 21, 2013 1:45 PM ET
  • Gunplay Takes Aim at New York

    Gunplay Takes Aim at New York | ARTICLE

    The people who showed up at SOB's in New York last night were not Gunplay's people. A human firecracker, Gunplay makes music to start riots; there, then, he could barely get a head-nod. While the Miami rapper...

    June 13, 2013 4:40 PM ET
  • Wu-Tang Clan, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz Ignite Hot 97's Summer Jam

    Wu-Tang Clan, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz Ignite Hot 97's Summer Jam | ARTICLE

    Hot 97's Summer Jam bills itself as "The Biggest Hip-Hop Show on Earth," a 10-hour circus held in a football stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where the lights gets brighter as the night goes longer. Each...

    June 3, 2013 5:25 PM ET
  • Wale Teams With Rihanna, Nicki Minaj on 'The Gifted'

    Wale Teams With Rihanna, Nicki Minaj on 'The Gifted' | ARTICLE

    Wale's recording career to date has had an amphibious feel of sorts. In 2009, when the Washington, D.C. rapper was signed to Interscope, he put out a very Interscope debut, complete with a Lady Gaga...

    May 23, 2013 10:52 AM ET
  • Q&A: Busta Rhymes on the State of Hip-Hop

    Q&A: Busta Rhymes on the State of Hip-Hop | ARTICLE

    Busta Rhymes is enormous in person, a Michelin Man made of muscles and neck. A tub of whey protein takes up a good deal of space in the studio where he's set up, as does...

    May 16, 2013 3:40 PM ET
  • Juicy J in New York: Drugs, Sex, Madness

    Juicy J in New York: Drugs, Sex, Madness | ARTICLE

    Walking into the lobby of New York's Irving Plaza for Juicy J's show, one must be sure not to step on the outstretched feet of kids, their faces half-lidded and sweaty, mouths slack. It's hard to tell...

    May 15, 2013 11:31 AM ET
  • Rihanna in Brooklyn: Versatile and Withering

    Rihanna in Brooklyn: Versatile and Withering | ARTICLE

    On the subway after the Rihanna show last night at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, three concertgoers met for the first time. One, a well-spoken and better-dressed woman, said, "I didn't get the whole sex thing!...

    May 6, 2013 12:45 PM ET
  • Beyonce, Mary J. Blige Featured on the-Dream's New Album

    Beyonce, Mary J. Blige Featured on the-Dream's New Album | ARTICLE

    It's been a year since the-Dream first previewed his album, IV Play MMXII, an event thrown together as if for the hell of it: at the time, no release date had been set. There was a...

    April 5, 2013 3:30 PM ET
  • Maybach Music Group's Omarion: 'The Music Is Sounding Good Right Now'

    Maybach Music Group's Omarion: 'The Music Is Sounding Good Right Now' | ARTICLE

    There's a large gulf between the pursed lips of the defunct R&B group B2K and Maybach Music Group's lobster bisque, but somehow, some way, Omarion is bridging it. (Sometimes through dance steps; we'll get to that.) Rick...

    February 19, 2013 12:00 PM ET
  • Shaquille O'Neal's All-Star Playlist

    Shaquille O'Neal's All-Star Playlist | ARTICLE

    Shaquille O'Neal knows a good beat when he hears one.With over 200,000 songs in his truck thundering through 18-inch woofers, the only issue he has is narrowing down the selection. Thankfully, the TNT/NBA TV analyst recently got...

    February 14, 2013 8:00 AM ET
  • A$AP Ferg Pulls Out Shiny Suit and A$AP Rocky in New York

    A$AP Ferg Pulls Out Shiny Suit and A$AP Rocky in New York | ARTICLE

    A$AP Rocky made things both easier and harder for those following in his wake when he hit Number One on the Billboard 200 last month. Name one sidekick rapper who has gone on to surpass the leader...

    February 13, 2013 12:50 PM ET
  • Trinidad James Can't Maintain 'Gold' Standard in New York

    Trinidad James Can't Maintain 'Gold' Standard in New York | ARTICLE

    It's hard to believe that three months ago Trinidad James held the strange distinction of being a cultural flashpoint, a divisive figure on the level of, say, Chief Keef. Once he dropped the...

    January 31, 2013 1:30 PM ET
  • Rockie Fresh Cuts Small Shadow in New York

    Rockie Fresh Cuts Small Shadow in New York | ARTICLE

    Rockie Fresh stood alone onstage at SOB's, not exactly smiling or grimacing or allowing any discernible emotion cross his unlined face. He's 21, an insider to Chicago by location, an outsider by sound. Whereas much of hip-hop...

    January 24, 2013 1:05 PM ET
  • Riff Raff Takes Trolling to an Art Form in New York

    Riff Raff Takes Trolling to an Art Form in New York | ARTICLE

    At around 1:30 in the morning, Riff Raff stands onstage at SOB's, wearing a pair of deep ski goggles across his zig-zagged braids, his Thriller jacket unzipped to show nothing underneath. There on his pale skin, one...

    January 18, 2013 12:30 PM ET
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