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  • Mali Music Offers 'Beautiful' Acoustic Performance

    April 11, 2014 4:52 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    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, he wooed judge Jennifer Lopez and had members of the audience standing on their feet.Mali Music has also appeared on "The Queen Latifah Show" and received critical praise from the Los Angeles Times and BET.Because Yahoo Music has been covering him for years, we are especially honored to premiere an acousti...  | More »

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

    March 26, 2014 10:55 AM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    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 Wednesday on the eve of the 30th anniversary of Run-DMC's self-titled debut album. DMC's revelation is surprising, considering the group's massive success. Along with Joseph "Run" Simmons and their late DJ, Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, Run-DMC's self-t...  | More »

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

    March 10, 2014 10:25 AM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    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 to smile.On Sunday, Catalano released "Nasty Boy," the sixth episode of his hilarious webisode series "The Smalls Family." For the new segment, characters Tess Strohm (Katie Smalls), James Hook (Big Poppa) and Jill Bresnahan (Step Momma Smalls) transform Biggie's boastful freaky...  | More »

  • Rapper Damani Nkosi Pairs With Musiq Soulchild for New Video!

    March 6, 2014 11:30 AM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Inglewood, Calif.-bred rapper Damani Nkosi is one of the few artists out there with an authentically self-made pedigree: Raised with a passion for the culture, he worked his way through Los Angeles's hip-hop underground, eventually attracting attention from some of the scene's biggest and brightest. He's worked with greats including Dr. Dre and Swizz Beatz, released a mixtape in 2002, traveled abroad, and is currently shaping up to release his first independent album.  So...  | More »

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

    February 27, 2014 11:33 AM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    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 / Interscope album "Oxymoron" out Tuesday, ScHoolboy rattles off a list of prescription drugs of choice – Percocet, Adderall, Xanax and Codeine – before describing the enabling effects.ScHoolboy talks being disoriented, stressed and restle...  | More »

  • Video: Kesington Kross's 'Gimme Your Love' Video

    February 24, 2014 10:43 AM ET

    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, Took my breath away at first sight"), his pacing, emotive delivery makes him distinct. The video's surprisingly mysterious, dark and science-fiction backstory adds even more textures. Here's nine reasons why the "Gimme Your Love" video...  | More »

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

    February 11, 2014 11:10 AM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    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 a first listen to the track via an exclusive preview. Dontae's rendition, recorded with "He Is" songwriter Warryn Campbell, still captures the original gospel pianos but uses his instrument to replicate Brandy's vocals. This new version released Tuesday (ironically, Brandy's 35th birthday) is a bit mor...  | More »

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

    February 7, 2014 9:55 AM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    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 broke ground on many levels – in album sales, censorship, and entrepreneurship. Even though frontman Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell points out the group has never received a music award (except for a Hip Hop Honors nod) – no Grammy, BET or Soul Train recognition – it's not to lat...  | More »

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

    January 30, 2014 3:30 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    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. The snippet has not been confirmed as an official single or song from his Vibes album due out this year. Over fluttering synthesized guitars, a haunting bass groove, and subtle kick drums and hi hats, Theo boasts of his macking skills, rhyming, "She told me that she only do girls ...  | More »

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

    January 20, 2014 12:20 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    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 veterans: 1. Be Creative - Yes, the intro was cheesy – Kid 'N Play making a unannounced outburst from the back of the audience, teasing Arsenio about the about the lack of VIP treatment – but it was a surprise and a pleasant one. 2. Stay Focused – I...  | More »

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