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Paul Giamatti Cast as Controversial Manager in N.W.A. Biopic

August 16, 2014

The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has found its Jerry Heller. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paul Giamatti has signed on to play the N.W.A. manager and Ruthless Records co-founder in the upcoming film about the pioneering hip-hop group. Giamatti...

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Chris Pratt Raps Eminem's 'Forgot About Dre' Verse

August 5, 2014

Thanks to Parks and Recreation, we already know Chris Pratt's got a knack for belting impassioned Dave Matthews-esque ballads about falling into pits and deceased mini-horses (RIP Li'l Sebastian), but the actor proved he's no one-trick pony...

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Eminem Brings Out Dr. Dre in London Return

July 12, 2014

Eminem played his first show in London since 2001 on Friday night, and he made his return to the U.K. capital a momentous one. First off, he staged his comeback at Wembley Stadium, becoming the first rapper to ever headline at the 90,000-capacity venue....

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The Palm Squad: 15 Years of Coachella

June 18, 2014

Ever since 1999, countless music fans have trekked to the desert of Indio, California, in search of good tunes, good vibes, and the least offensive Port A Potty experience possible. And while hundreds of bands have played the Coachella Valley Music and...

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Watch Dr. Dre Get Awkwardly Introduced as a New Apple Employee

June 2, 2014

Being worth nearly $1 billion and having one of the highest-profile jobs in the music industry doesn't make you exempt from that awkward first day of work and meeting new co-workers. For Apple, Beats' Streaming Service Trumps Headphone Business During...

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Dr. Dre's Death Row Lawsuit Dismissed

May 12, 2014

Dr. Dre filed a lawsuit against his former label, Death Row Records, for $3.05 million in unpaid royalties earlier this year, and now a judge has dismissed his claim. The rap producer and self-proclaimed billionaire, as of last week's reported deal between...

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Kendrick Lamar Spreads 'California Love'

May 2, 2014

NBC's inaugural iHeartMusic Awards, held Thursday night at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, united pop music royalty from across the country. But it was a local rapper who brought the evening's truest passion, as Compton-raised Kendrick Lamar unleashed...

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Alex Trebek Raps on 'Jeopardy'

January 7, 2014

Move over Drake, Canada's got a hot new MC dropping all sorts of fire and more "What"s than Noreaga on "Superthug": Alex Trebek grabbed the mic last night on Jeopardy! and rhymed his way through the pun-tasticly titled category, "It's A Rap."...

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Beyonce, Dr. Dre Lead Forbes Celebrity 100 List

June 30, 2014

Beyoncé is already the queen of pop music, but now she's the queen of pop culture. The singer has claimed the top spot on Forbes' new Celebrity 100 list, which ranks the most successful celebrities from "movies, TV, music, sports, books and...

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Watch Beats by Dre's Soccer-Themed New Ad

June 6, 2014

A new campaign for the launch of Beats by Dre's redesigned Solo2 headphones collects some of the biggest names in soccer and features cameos by celebrities including Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Lebron James and Serena Williams, among others. The theme behind...

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Apple Buys Beats for $3 Billion

May 28, 2014

Three weeks after rumors broke of Apple's purchase of Beats Electronics, the company has confirmed that it is buying the headphone and streaming music service for $3 billion, $200 million less than the originally reported amount. Jimmy Iovine and Dr....

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Watch Dr. Dre Celebrate Apple/Beats Deal

May 9, 2014

While neither Apple nor Beats Electronics have confirmed the reported $3.2 billion deal between the two companies, one person close to the situation seems to have solidified the buyout news. 7 Things You Should Know About Beats Music A new video posted...

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Beats Music Arrives January 21st

January 11, 2014

Beats Music announced on Saturday that it will be launching its new music streaming subscription service in the U.S. on January 21st. The service, developed by Interscope/Geffen/A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine along with Dr. Dre, Beats Electronics president...

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Rick Ross and Jay Z Prove 'The Devil Is a Lie'

December 19, 2013

Rick Ross and Jay Z hold nothing back on their new collaboration, "The Devil Is a Lie," a suitably monstrous cut from Ross' upcoming LP Mastermind propelled by trap percussion and a somber horn sample. The Bawse's braggadocio is as gleefully hyperbolic...

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Listen: Arctic Monkeys Stream New Album, 'AM'

September 4, 2013

Arctic Monkeys' new record, AM, is now available to stream in full on iTunes, almost one week before it drops on September 10th. The band's fifth LP follows up their 2011 effort, Suck It and See, and was recorded in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California....

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Jay-Z Says Rappers Lie About Their Money, and He's Right

July 10, 2013

On "Versus," an interlude from Jay-Z's new album Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail, the rapper takes wealth-boasting to a new level, noting that other MCs are deceptive about how rich they truly are. "The truth in my verses," he rhymes, "versus your metaphors...

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Eminem's Music Publisher Sues Facebook

May 21, 2013

Eminem's music publisher has filed a lawsuit against Facebook and its ad agency, claiming the social media site lifted the rapper's music for an online ad. Eight Mile Style filed a complaint yesterday in Detroit federal court alleging that Facebook...

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Diddy Bests the Rest on Hip-Hop Earners List

September 25, 2013

Diddy was named hip-hop's richest artist last March, and he's still holding down the top spot. The Bad Boy Records founder leads Forbes' latest list of the highest paid hip-hop artists, raking in $50 million over the past 12 months with his label,...

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Arctic Monkeys Channel Sabbath, Dre on New LP

September 2, 2013

Despite ruling their native U.K. for nearly a decade, the only way Arctic Monkeys have been able to play arenas in the U.S. was opening for the Black Keys last year. "We went on at 8 p.m. every night, when everyone was buying popcorn and shit," says the...

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Snoop Dogg Proves Himself King of the West Coast at BET Experience

June 30, 2013

Snoop Dogg had a busy Saturday at the first-ever BET Experience, a weekend-long event at Downtown Los Angeles’ L.A. Live. During the day, the rapper took part in a panel entitled No Guns Allowed, and at night he headlined the Staples Center, topping...

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