• 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 »

  • What Prompted TLC to Lose Their ‘CrazySexyCool’ in VH1 Biopic?

    October 21, 2013 10:50 AM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    There's a scene in the VH1 movie "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" that is reminiscent of the female bank-heist film Set It Off. Upset that they had not been appropriately compensated for the sales of their sophomore album, "CrazySexyCool," the members of TLC held Clive Davis, then president of Arista Records, hostage and demanded payment. They stormed the label with a group of female convicts and confiscated all the TLC paraphernalia in sight. The scene is one of the most shocking momen...  | More »

  • How Christina Applegate Inspired ‘Kelly Bundy’ Rap Song

    October 15, 2013 10:50 AM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Christina Applegate probably never imagined that her Married With Children character Kelly Bundy would inspire a rap song, but a hip-hop ode has been penned in her honor. Easton, Pennsylvania rapper Big PA uses "Kelly Bundy" as a metaphor for cocaine. Though using "white girl" as code for the white powdery substance has been a longstanding trend in hip-hop (Young Jeezy even has a song called "Christina Aguilera"), Big PA wanted to come up with a reference with a bit more history. "Kelly Bu...  | More »

  • Why Miley Cyrus’s ‘Bangerz’ Is the Year’s Guilty Pop Pleasure

    October 4, 2013 6:25 PM ET
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Bangerz is the perfect name for Miley Cyrus's fourth album due out on Oct. 8. The 13-song record (16 on the deluxe version) is packed tight with hit records. Yes, the public is tired of Miley's pathetic attempts to receive attention by any means necessary whether twerking, swearing, fondling dwarves or wearing revealing outfits, but the former child star has a secret weapon – talent. Miley can sing and is wildly creative. Her obnoxious outbursts paired with production genius...  | More »

  • Why Foreigner’s ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ Works as Gospel

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

    Here's a challenge for a couple contemporary R&B and gospel singers – turn Foreigner's 1984 No. 1 Brit-pop ballad "I Want To Know What Love Is" into a church song. The task apparently came easy for Ruben Studdard and Le'Andria Johnson, who mastered the art of covering songs during their successful stints on singing competitions "American Idol" and "Sunday's Best." Ruben and Le'Andria perform the song as a spirit-filled duet for Paul Porter's album F.R...  | More »

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