Watch Every BET Awards 2016 Performance
Sunday night's BET Awards was one of the show's best iterations in years. Performers included Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Usher, Young Thug, Future, Bryson Tiller, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana, & Anderson. Paak -- and that doesn't even include any of the Prince tributes, which were bountiful and glorious. Sadly, the scheduled D'Angelo Prince tribute never came to pass. Otherwise, the show was nearly flawless.
5 Biggest Live Hip Hop Fails
Rich Homie Quan has received considerable heat for his lyrical blunder at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors earlier this week.
Forgot About Dre: Tracking Dr. Dre's Last Five Years
"How nigga? My last album was The Chronic." Sure, it took Dre almost seven years to follow up his classic debut with another album, but along the way, he became one of the industry's biggest moguls. He discovered Slim Shady and built an empire around him with Aftermath (and Shady) Records.
Swizz Beatz Sued For $42 Million Over Alleged Luxury Car Scam
Swizz Beatz has been named in as a defendant in a $42 million civil racketeering suit alleging that Beatz's name was used to fraudulently lease luxury cars, NY Post reports.
Alicia Keys Reveals "HERE" Tracklist In A Very Original Way
Artists are playing with release strategies more than ever these days, and Alicia Keys is doing her best to stay ahead of the curve. On Saturday night, Alicia decided to reveal the tracklist to her upcoming album HERE by DMing her fans. Alicia followed back a few of her most loyal supporters and delivered the 16 track names from her project via private message. It's safe to say, those who were selected for the rare honor were pretty excited about it.
Beyoncé, David Bowie & Chance The Rapper Top Rolling Stone's 2016 Best Albums List
Hip-hop has been well represented in the year 2016, and it's always a beautiful thing to see that reflected in the end of year lists of the mainstream music publications. Beyoncé and Chance The Rapper both had incredible years, and their projects were essentially impossible for the world of rock music to ignore. Rolling Stone released their list of the "50 Best Albums of 2016" today. Here's where hip-hop stood on that list.
BTS Photos: Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, & Pharrell's "It's On Again" Video
Well this interesting. Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar were all in Los Angeles recently to film the video for their upcoming collab “It’s On Again”. Co-produced by Pharrell and Hans Zimmer, the upcoming record will appear on "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" soundtrack, which will hit retailers on April 22nd.
"The Hamilton Mixtape" Features Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, Usher, & More
Lin-Manuel Miranda has been working on the mixtape edition of the "Hamilton" soundtrack for years. He announced Thursday morning that the mixtape is finally complete and pre-order will be available tomorrow (Friday, Nov 4). He also revealed a star-studded 23-song tracklist, which features appearances from Chance the Rapper, Wiz Khalifa, The Roots, Dave East, Joell Ortiz, Aloe Blacc, Nas Usher, Miguel, John Legend, Ashanti, Jill Scott, Snow tha Product, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Ja Rule, and more.
10 Songs Created By Hip-Hop Couples
Couples making songs together is a natural thing. From the Sonny & Cher days to present-day power couple Beyonce and Jay Z, it only makes sense for a couple talented people to create music together, especially when they're in love.
Hip Hop's Best Couples
"Cause them punks like to hit it and quit it / And I'd rather stay and play" - Sir Mix-a-Lot, "Baby Got Back" ***
#TBT: The Best Kanye West Beats From 2001-2005
"I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye" - Kanye *** Now a titanic figure in American music, Kanye West first made inroads into the music industry as a producer for Roc-a-Fella records. His talents on the MPC were so immense that he only got his record deal as a rapper so that they label could have access to his production. Click through the gallery to revisit Kanye West's best productions from 2001-2005, the first stage of his career in which he worked with Jay Z, Ludacris, Talib Kweli, Alicia Keys, The Game, and many others.
Charts Don't Lie: November 16
It's a good week for those who dig the soulful side of hip hop music, with Alicia Keys' new album HERE debuting at the #2 spot and Common's Black America Again debuting at #25 with his latest LP. Rae Sremmurd have managed to soar back up the charts with help from the viral success of their single "Black Beatles," while our mainstay, Drake, comes in #8 at with VIEWS. The Suicide Squad soundtrack leads the way for Meek Mill, Jeezy, Travis Scott, Rihanna, A$AP Mob.
Beyonce Hosts Lit "Soul Train"-Themed 35th Birthday Party
Beyonce spent her 35th birthday on Sunday at Made in America Festival in Philly, where Chance the Rapper serenaded her with a special rendition of "Happy Birthday." The proper birthday turn-up didn't commence until Monday night, when Beyonce hosted a "Soul Train"-themed party.
Beyoncé, Chance The Rapper, ASAP Rocky Share PSA, "23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America"
The recent killings police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille have found many artists speaking out about police brutality and race in America, and today, some of the biggest musicians in the world have come together for the cause.
Alicia Keys Brings Out Jay Z & Nas At Surprise NYC Show
A week ago, Alicia Keys announced a secret free concert in "one of the most important cities in the world." The next day, she revealed that place to be her hometown of New York City and said that the concert was less than a week away. Two days before tonight's concert, Keys shared a new single, "Blended Family," featuring A$AP Rocky, and also announced her new album, Here, giving it a release date of November 4.
Swizz Beatz And Alicia Keys Welcome Their Second Child
Grammy Award winning singer Alicia Keys and super producer Swizz Beatz welcomed their second child, Genesis Ali Dean, into the world early yesterday morning. "The joy of joy is joy!! It's a boy!!🌟🌟🌟🌟 we are so grateful!! #blessings!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️" Keys wrote on her Instagram this afternoon. Genesis Ali Dean was born 1:52 AM on the morning of December 27th. This is their second child together, following their first son, Egypt, who was born in October of 2010.
Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys & Pharrell Contribute To "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" Soundtrack
Kendrick Lamar just contributed a song to the Divergent soundtrack, and it looks like he's not done making music for films just yet. The upcoming superhero flick, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2", will feature a new song from Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar titled "It's On Again". Lamar is said to be taking on a featuring role in the Keys song. Alicia shared some details on the collaboration in a press release.
Stream Alicia Keys' New Album "HERE"
Well “HERE” it is. At the stroke of midnight, Alicia Keys’ sixth studio album, HERE, was just made available for purchase on iTunes.
The Weeknd & Alicia Keys Added To BET Awards Line-Up
The BET Awards may be a few days away, but they're still rolling out the performers you can expect at this year's event.
Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz Expecting Second Child
It looks like Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz will be adding another member to their family. The power couple announced early Thursday morning that they are expecting their second child together. Taking to Instagram on their wedding anniversary, an ecstatic Alicia Keys posted a photo showing off her new baby bump, and officially announcing her pregnancy. Her caption read,