Music News - Rap/Hip-Hop


TreySongz-112309.jpg Trey Songz has revealed that he will be discovering and nurturing new talent with a new business venture. Songz has partnered with Artisan Publishing Group to launch Tucker Songz Publishing, which will enable Songz to sign new artists, writers and producers.

Drake-052311.jpg Drake didn't let being on tour stop him from accepting a VMA Award. The OVO rapper was in Boston for his "Drake Vs. Lil Wayne" tour on Monday night when he gave his acceptance speech for the award, which was given to him for Best Hip Hop Video for "Hold On, We're Going Home." The award was collected by Common on his behalf.

YoungJeezy-012314.jpg Young Jeezy was arrested for possession of an assault rifle in Irvine, California on Sunday. The weapon turned up, according to TMZ, in the investigation into the shooting at Wiz Khalifa's concert in Mountain View, CA, where a man was shot to death. Eric Johnson, 38, was shot five times while backstage at the Shoreline Amphitheater on Aug. 22.

eminem-100609.jpg Eminem has announced the impending release of his greatest hits collection. The two-disc set features one disc of his own hits, while another disc features new songs by artists signed to his Shady Records label. Shady XV celebrates the label's 15th year anny, and includes cuts from Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, D-12 and Yelawolf.

beyonce-102212.jpg Beyoncé performed a 15-minute medley at the MTV Video Music Awards, afterwards accepting the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award from her husband Jay Z, who called her the "greatest living entertainer." "I'm so full . . . I'm filled with so much gratitude," a tearful Bey said, accepting the award. "I'll just thank God for this moment."

usher.jpg Usher has released "Believe Me," the latest single from his upcoming album. The cut, produced by Mike Will Made It, sees Ush reminiscing on a long lost lady. "And it breaks my heart to know I break your heart," he coos. According to Exclaim, the song features Mike Will Made It's signature sound, "[F]rom heavy bass and busy drum work through back-masked synths . . ."

prince-012210.jpg Prince will be dropping two new studio albums simultaneously. He is slated to release his 37th LP Art Official Age on September 29 and his new band 3rd Eye Girl's first album, Plectrum Electrum, on the same day. "Art Official Age" includes the tracks "Clouds," "This Could Be Us," "What It Feels Like," and "Time," as well as the already-released "Breakfast Can Wait."

Common-070811.jpg Common used the bully pulpit at the MTV Video Music Awards to talk recent events in Ferguson, MO and lead a moment of silence "for Mike Brown and for peace in this country and in the world." "Hip-hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument for social change," added Com.

Chris-Brown-091712.jpg Suge Knight was shot at a West Hollywood club over the weekend during a party held by Chris Brown. TMZ quoted a source who said that "Suge was shot in the stomach and arm and apparently in other places as well." He left the club under his own power where he was assisted by and EMT and taken to a hospital.

NickiMinaj-081011.jpg Nicki Minaj suffered an apparent wardrobe malfunction on Sunday night's VMA Awards. Minaj was wearing a small black zipped dress during her show-opening performance of "Bang Bang" with Ariana Grande and Jessie J. The dress appeared to unzip while she was onstage, and Minaj managed to keep it closed by holding it open during the entire performance.

JenniferHudson-042611.jpg Jennifer Hudson and Usher have been added to the line up of Fashion Rocks 2014, which takes place during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC. The event, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, goes down at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

beyonce-102212.jpg Beyonce has reached out to close friend Gwyneth Paltrow for advice about life after divorce. A source close to Bey and her husband Jay Z shared the news, adding more fuel to the rumor that the pair plan to split this fall following the wrap of their "On The Run" tour dates.

mariahcarey-072312.jpg Rumors are swirling that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon may be on the rocks. New details have emerged about their troubled relationship as a source close to the couple revealed that the pair are no longer living together.

Chris-Brown-091712.jpg Karrueche Tran, the on-again off-again gf of Chris Brown, is featured as part of the artwork to promote the upcoming album X. The image, which sees a black and white close up of Tran overlain with a bright red 'X', has some questioning the pair's current relationship status. "[J]udging by the picture Tran posted on IG for #ManCrushMonday, it's obvious that they are happy."

rihanna-021113.jpg Rihanna may perform at the upcoming NFL Super Bowl halftime show, having been named as one of the contenders for the coveted slot, along with Katy Perry and Coldplay, according to the Wall Street Journal. The league is asking for the artists named to "contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league . . ."