July 12, 2013 6:20 PM ET
Island Def Jam recording artists Iggy Azalea was undoubtedly one of The Aftermath’s favorite guests thus far. During her recent stop at the Yahoo! offices, the femcee explained the rationale behind her controversial, 2011 breakthrough song “P---y,” the inability to prepare for fame, her apology for her “runaway slave master” freestyle rap reference, coming straight out of Australia, advice from mentor T.I. (12:20 mark) and her forthcoming New Classic album. Good... | More »
July 11, 2013 7:50 PM ET| Billy Johnson, Jr.
Wouldn't it be clever if Jay-Z performed his new song "Picasso Baby" at an art museum? Done. The hip-hop mogul, who just released his album Magna Carta Holy Grail,reportedly rapped the song over and over for six hours at New York's Pace Gallery. [Related: Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears respond to Jay-Z's Twitter shout-outs] According to reports, the footage will be used for a music video directed by Mark Romanek, who also worked on Jay's "99 Problems" short. Beginning... | More »
June 27, 2013 2:05 PM ET
Jerry Seinfeld, the actor, is actually even cooler than the namesake of his popular, long-running sitcom. This week, the Emmy Award-winning comedian makes his hip-hop debut, appearing on a skit on Wale’s The Gifted that is expected to land in the top 10 on the pop charts next week. On the outtake recorded in April, Seinfeld arrives to Wale’s recording studio to collaborate on a song. But Wale isn’t prepared. A perplexed Seinfeld seems genuinely disappointed. “I thou... | More »
June 20, 2013 12:45 PM ET| Billy Johnson, Jr.
The music business is desperately in need of more teen acts that can actually play and write their own music, and the sister quartet The Sledge Grits Band perfectly fits the bill. The pop rock group from Littlerock, California is a favorite on the “Next Great Family Band” competition reality show on NBC Network COZI TV. They’ve been praised by all of the judges. Judge Samantha Maloney, a drummer who has played with Hole, Motley Crue, and the Eagles of Death Metal, took a s... | More »
June 13, 2013 4:50 PM ET
Expect 2011 BET Music Matters artist Mali Music to make waves in 2013. He’s been around on the gospel circuit for years but is taking his music to the masses with this new record deal with Bystorm Entertainment/ RCA Records. The artist who has written songs for Jennifer Hudson just released the video for “Ready Aim,” and Yahoo! Music has the exclusive premiere for the mid-tempo, rock-tinged soul track about overcoming adversity. A close listen to the lyrics reveals a bit of... | More »
June 6, 2013 11:03 AM ET| Billy Johnson, Jr.
Mean-spirited online commenters, negative people and unsolicited advice givers, J. Cole has a song for you. Actually, the North Carolina MC’s new record “Crooked Smile” is actually a word of support to the recipients of your unconstructive criticisms. On the funky bass groove driven track highlighted with piano keys and violin effects, Jermaine Cole dismisses those who have made insulting comments about his crooked teeth. J. Cole cuts to the chase on the song’s open... | More »
May 27, 2013 2:20 PM ET| Billy Johnson, Jr.
It’s been said that a woman can’t teach a boy how to be a man, but Memphis legend Gangsta Boo refutes that claim with her song “Pillow Talk” from her new mixtape, “It’s Game Involved.” Gangsta Boo, 8 Ball and Maino school rookies on the basics of Thuggin’ 101. Rule No. 1 is to keep your mouth shut, especially when dealing with the women you date. According to this ill lyrical trio, sharing info about your money and your enemies to the wrong pe... | More »
May 22, 2013 11:05 AM ET
It's too bad Notorious B.I.G. isn't alive to watch the web series "The Smalls Family" that is based on lyrics from his songs. On Tuesday, the late rapper's 41st birthday, show creator David Catalano released two new episodes, "Unbelievable" and "Party & Bullsh-t." In March, Catalano, an assistant director with an extensive list of credits in music videos, film and television, debuted the first three episodes of "The Smalls Family," "Warning," "Big Poppa" and "Going Back T... | More »
May 16, 2013 5:15 PM ET| Billy Johnson, Jr.
When Tyga was a teenager, he vowed to be a better father to his unborn children than his absentee father was to him. The Compton rapper on Lil Wayne’s Young Money, Cash Money label penned his frustrations about the impact of his dad not being in his life in his 2009 song, “Dad’s Letter,” from his “The Potential” mixtape. The song had new meaning to the hip hop artist last October when he celebrated the birth of King Cairo Stevenson, his son with his girlf... | More »
May 10, 2013 11:05 AM ET| Billy Johnson Jr.
I never thought I’d say this, but, Thank You IRS. While Lauryn Hill has downplayed the role her recent tax debt has in her grudged decision to release new music, her fans couldn’t be happier to welcome her return. The angst behind her new song, “Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix),” is its much-needed fuel. In a letter posted on her MsLaurynHill Tumblr page over the weekend, the former Fugees front woman cited today’s unchecked unhealthy paradigms – in addi... | More »