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When Rock the Bells sets up in San Bernardino this fall, the traveling hip-hop festival will feature two of hip-hop’s most revered – and dead – voices: Wu-Tang Clan’s uproarious fallen member Ol’ Dirty Bastard and godfather...
In 1992, “Jump” was nearly impossible to escape. The debut single from 1990s rap duo Kris Kross was light-years from becoming a go-to crowd mover for party DJ’s when it cemented its place in pop history. It was a remarkable feat...
Tags: Michael Jackson, Entertainment, Music, Music Industry
Somewhere between Grammy hosting duties, starring on a hit CBS cop drama and thwarting home burglars, LL Cool J has completely lost touch with what launched him into superstardom: rapping. That startling disconnection is what bogs down his 13th album,...
The Coachella 2013 party scene opened Friday with burgers, tacos, rapper Nas and free-flowing Hennessy. Behind a large shopping center just off Washington Boulevard in Palm Desert, party-goers spilled out of large white vans. The makeshift party...
Tags: Foods and Beverages, Hamburgers, Entertainment, Music, Limes
On the final night of the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, last year, a young folk-rock trio from Denver took the makeshift stage at a church a few blocks away from the main action down on 6th Street. The church was about half full,...
Among the most important rap albums released over the last year or so, one contains a song about Nas' complicated relationship with his teenage daughter. Another has a track in which Killer Mike outlines President Reagan's contribution to the prison-...
Tags: Chief Keef, Fine Artists, Oliver Stone, Notorious B.I.G., Music
Jazz trumpeter and band leader Donald Byrd, whose clean, elegant phrasing made his reputation in the 1950s and '60s before he began experimenting in the '70s and '80s with jazz-funk-R&B fusions on discs such as "Black Byrd" and "Thank You ... for F.U.M.L....
Jazz musician Donald Byrd, a leading hard-bop trumpeter of the 1950s who collaborated on dozens of albums with top artists of his time and later enjoyed commercial success with hit jazz-funk fusion records such as "Black Byrd," has died. He was 80. He...
Drake’s critically lauded “Take Care” took home the prize for rap album at the 55th Grammy Awards on Sunday. For his second album, Drake could have employed a surefire strategy of platinum producers, staggered singles and aggressive...
Tags: Staples Center, Timbaland, Awards and Prizes, Eminem, Kanye West
Don't "Believe" in Bieber Justin Bieber laughed off his bout of indigestion at a recent concert, but his Grammy lockout might be an even tougher swallow. He's one of the biggest stars in pop, and his new album "Believe" was universally acclaimed for its...
Jay-Z’s Roc Nation will now manage multi-platinum hitmaker Timbaland, the company announced on its website Wednesday. “We would like to welcome Timbaland to the Roc Nation family!,” reads the caption under a photo of the innovative...
Tags: Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Missy Elliott, Jamie Foxx
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