Music News - Rap/Hip-Hop


alicia-060816.jpg The Voice judges Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys revealed some of their firsts in music for a new video for Billboard. Cyrus said that her first albums were from Blink-182 and Britney Spears, while Keys answered Cookie Monster's "Me Lost Me Cookie at the Disco" from Sesame Street's Sesame Disco album and a Marvin Gaye cassette.

badoula-062816.jpg Erykah Badu has been named as music supervisor for Comedy Central's new urban animated series, Legends of Chamberlain Heights. Legends of Chamberlain Heights centers on friends Jamal, Grover and Milk: three high school freshmen who spend more time warming the team's basketball bench than actually playing. "It's my kind of humor," Badu tells Billboard.

chrisbrown-062316.jpg Chris Brown has responded to Child Protective Services, who is investigating the rapper after his assault with a deadly weapon case. Officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services visited Brown at his L.A. home in order to check on his two-year-old daughter Royalty, according to TMZ. Brown reportedly refused to speak with DCFS investigators who wer

tlc-90s-062316.jpg Nick Cannon has opened up about his rumored relationship with TLC's Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. "Everybody's going crazy because they've seen all this stuff with Chilli and I," Cannon tells RapUp TV. "And the chemistry is undeniable. I take everything one day at a time. I truly believe I'm definitely not ready to be in a relationship. I can't get it right."

drake-070916.jpg Drake's most recent three projects, Views, What A Time To Be Alive, and If You're Reading This It's Too Late, are set to be released on vinyl. As Pitchfork reports, fans can pre-order the new LPs now, with an expected release date of October 7. Previously, Drake's What A Time To Be Alive was only available as a digital-only release until now.

common-062716.jpg Common and Stevie Wonder have released a new politically-charged video for "Black American Again." The clip, produced by Karriem Riggins and Robert Glasper, opens with footage of Alton Sterling killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and features shots of solemn and troubled looking African-Americans as Common sings about Trayvon Martin and more.

swizz-beats-070916.jpg Swizz Beatz has been named in a $42 million lawsuit claiming that his name was used to fraudulently lease luxury cars, according to the New York Post. Metro Gem Leasing and Funding Corp. filed the new lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court, alleging that Long Island car dealership owner Macky Dancy leased cars to Beatz "for use for him and his wife Alicia Keys."

eminem-092316.jpg Eminem is featured on Skylar Grey's new track "Kill for You," which will appear on Grey's upcoming third album Natural Causes. "Even if you are wrong, you are right," Grey sings on the new track. "Even if that's a tear that you're crying, it's alright / 'Cause I got your back and I know that you got mine." Eminem adds, "You always ride/ Whatever the plan is . . ."

ti-black-and-white-061416.jpg T.I. is among many in the hip hop community to express his condolences for Shawty Lo and his family. Lo's untimely death on September 21 has left many in shock. T.I. posted a photo of him and Lo together on Instagram. The caption below said, "Damn!!! I just woke up to some Bulls**t News . . . RIP to a true Westside Atlanta Legend!!!!!"

chrisbrown-062316.jpg Chris Brown has been denied entry into Japan because of his ongoing assault with a deadly weapon court case. He had been scheduled to perform in Tokyo. A Japanese consulate official has said that the country has strict policies with visitors who have a criminal background or an open case, according to TMZ.

usher-raymond-070916.jpg Usher stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week for a special performance of his new track "No Limit." In the video he was joined by a team of backing dancers for the track, which is included on his eighth release Hard II Love. The R&B crooner released his eighth studio album, Hard II Love, on Friday, September 16. Usher made a recent appearance on The Breakfast Club.

alicia-060816.jpg Alicia Keys offered up a performance of her track "She Don't Really Care" at the recent Apple Music Festival. The new track serves as yet another ode to her hometown of New York City and told the crowd to get ready for more new music soon. "I promise it's coming so, so, so soon," she said of the follow-up to 2012's Girl on Fire.

beyonce-070916.jpg Beyoncé Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj will headline TIDAL's second annual philanthropic festival in conjunction with New York's Robin Hood organization. Lauryn Hill, Common, T.I. and Lil Yachty will also perform at the TIDAL X: 1015 show. The event will also feature Robin Thicke, Emeli Sandé, Prince Royce and more.

chrisbrown-062316.jpg Chris Brown has released his new song, "Keep You In Mind." The song is a collaboration with rapper Bryson Tiller. The song itself has a seductive mood to it. The lyrics to the new single are sultry and express the rapper's desire for a companion who shares his mindset. Brown sings, "I like your bad attitude / Pull up on me, baby, with everything off / Tonight it's all about you."

ti-black-and-white-061416.jpg T.I. is leading his group Hustle Gang out with a new mixtape. The new release, Hustle Gang Over Errrrythang consists of 16 tracks and various guest appearances. The Atlanta rappers group is comprised of B.o.B, Migos, Young Dro, Trae Tha Truth, Young Thug and Kap G. Also T.I.'s teenage son, Domani Harris features.

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