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

    January 7, 2014 10:05 AM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    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 collaborating on music with her parents and offering her father A&R advice. Her 5 most notable credits thus far in her brief career: 1. She Made Singing Debut on "Beyoncé" Album A mother-daughter collaboration was inevitable. So it should come as no surprise that Be...  | More »

  • Video: Premiere: Knight Blade's 'I Got That Weed'

    January 6, 2014 10:05 AM ET

    Having a little trouble easing back into the work/school routine after the holidays? Here's just the thing to take the edge off...or, at least put you in a more mellow state of mind!  Knight Blade, a new dancehall/hip-hop/rock outfit featuring Jamaica's The Mighty Casey, released their debut single "I Got That Weed" in mid-2013 to much fanfare -- and yes, lest you wonder, they are talking about everyone's favorite (illegal or legal, depending on where you are) substance. ...  | More »

  • The 11 Most Memorable Kanye Moments of 2013

    December 27, 2013 12:00 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    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 to a birth and an incredible, long-anticipated humbling intervention staged at New York's Power 105.1: 1. Feb. 23 — Disses Justin Timberlake Even though Kanye West loves his fashion, he was not a fan of Justin Timberlake's couture-theme comeback single. D...  | More »

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

    December 13, 2013 6:15 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    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 its namesake for the video for its lead single, "The First 48." A play on A&E's homicide investigation series, the video gets graphic. In a bloody scene, Xzibit takes an officer hostage, sealing his mouth with duct tape, threatening him with a riffle and chopping off...  | More »

  • A$AP Mob’s ‘Trillmatic’ Video: Count the 1990s References

    December 4, 2013 2:30 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    If you've been missing the 1990s hip hop scene, you're going to enjoy every second of A$AP Mob's "Trillmatic" video. The young guns scheduled to drop their compilation "Lords" on March 4 on RCA Records pay mad respect to the era that brought us the Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Nice & Smooth and more. 'Trillmatic''s Top 6 Throwback References: 1. Can You Hear Me Now? – You probably laughed when you first saw A$AP Nast in the video, talking on the 1990s flip pho...  | More »

  • What Surprises Can We Expect From TLC at AMAs?

    November 22, 2013 3:30 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Minutes after TLC finished their first round of rehearsals for the American Music Awards Thursday at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, Yahoo Music snagged them for an exclusive interview. As usual, T-Boz and Chilli were full of energy (and offered, as a bonus, the best Yahoo yodel ever). They said their show at Sunday's event would include new dances and a special, surprise guest. Though they could not reveal the name of the artist (and we were sworn to secrecy), they did offer a couple...  | More »

  • Line Dancers: Watch the Best Lyric Video of All Time

    November 15, 2013 1:40 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Your weekend plans have just been upgraded. Thanks to singer Kounty Line, you can now spend Saturday and Sunday learning the line dance for his hot new song, "Big Thang 4 Big Girls." Similar to the popular "Just Dance" video game, the "Big Thang 4 Big Girls (BT4BG)" clip stars silhouettes of instructors demonstrating the moves to the Go-go rhythms. The big girl and skinny girl teachers take viewers through a fun, easy-to-follow routine as the lyrics offer further direction to "back it up...  | More »

  • Hotstylz: Why We Dissed Eminem’s Daughter

    November 11, 2013 11:35 AM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Chicago rappers Hotstylz don't have any regrets about dissing Eminem's daughter on their song "Rap Fraud" that accuses the Detroit MC of illegally interpolating their lyrics and music. Raydio G, Krazee and Meatball recorded "Rap Fraud" because Eminem used lyrics and music from their 2008 song "Lookin' Boy" on his "Marshall Mathers LP 2" song "Rap God." On "Rap Fraud," Hotstylz not only explain what prompted the beef, they take shots at Eminem's drug problems and his daug...  | More »

  • Eminem Finally Apologizes to Mom on ‘Headlights’

    October 31, 2013 5:20 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    The most shocking song of Eminem's career is actually a tribute to his mother. On "Headlights," from Eminem's "MMLP2" album, the rapper offers a mature, sincere apology to his mom, Debbie Mathers, from whom he remains estranged. The title "Headlights" refers to their last meeting. As she drove away, he became fixated on the headlights of her car as he coped with feelings of "overwhelming sadness," he raps. As the lyrics continues, the Detroit rapper  apologizes for dissing h...  | More »

  • Why Eminem Defends Friendship With ‘The Monster’ on Rihanna Collab

    October 28, 2013 5:30 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Eminem's new song "Monster" could be considered a PSA for mental health. On the song bustling with electric rock guitars and heavy drum snares, the Detroit rapper discusses being influenced by voices he hears in his head. He refers to the voices as the monster under his bed. Rihanna, who also teamed with Eminem for the 2010 hit "Love The Way You Lie," sings the chorus, "I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed/ Get along with the voices inside of my head/ Keep tryin...  | More »

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