| Apr 10, 2014
| 2:43 PM
PRETORIA, South Africa — The prosecutor in the murder trial of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius accused him of repeatedly lying to the court and offering versions of events so improbable that "nobody would think it is reasonably or...
| Apr 13, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Nas, Jay Z and Diddy hit the stage together at Coachella to celebrate a landmark hip-hop album.
Twenty years ago Nas, a hungry 20-year-old emcee from New York's tough Queensbridge projects, issued his debut, “Illmatic.”
The album, with its...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 6:00 AM
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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a mere two weeks away, so those looking to impress with underground knowledge better start cramming.
Few souls are more in demand than geeks armed...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 12:47 PM
There's no hiding the intent behind "It's on Again," the new Alicia Keys single boasting guest spots from Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams.
In the song's opening moments, Lamar is heard shouting that this song "is for the warrior"; soon after,...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 1:14 PM
Maybe Pharrell Williams' over-sized top hat is a good luck charm.
His album "Girl" is in the top 5 on the pop charts; his single "Happy" has sold more than 3.3 million downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan; and earlier today, his latest...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 12:34 PM
Future and the Roots are the latest additions to the 2014 BET Experience.
The sing-songy Atlanta rapper and the Philly hip-hop band will headline late-night concerts during the three-day festival slated for June, the Black Entertainment Television...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 5:45 AM
It's a hot time to be a Los Angeles rapper.
Last month, Top Dawg Entertainment charted its first No. 1 album, Schoolboy Q's "Oxymoron," and a few months earlier his peer, Kendrick Lamar, earned Grammy nominations for album of the year and new artist....
| Mar 25, 2014
| 8:06 AM
King Los, the Los Angeles-via-Baltimore rapper, made headlines last week when he announced he and his label home, Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records, had separated.
“It’s like LeBron without a team,” Shade 45 host...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 11:12 AM
A Top Dawg is on top of the Billboard 200.
Schoolboy Q, part of the Black Hippy rap crew signed to L.A.'s Top Dawg Entertainment, debuted at No. 1 on Wednesday with "Oxymoron," the first of his three albums to be released by TDE in partnership with...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Rapper ScHoolboy Q displaced all comers on the U.S. album chart last week, as his Interscope debut "Oxymoron" claimed the No. 1 spot in the nation.
The L.A. rapper (born Quincy Matthew Hanley) claimed the apex with a 139,000-unit debut stanza,...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 1:48 PM
An ultra-meta, avant-garde piece of corporate branding performance art? Or the final death knell of SXSW as a proving ground for unknown young bands - and Lady Gaga's career?
Whatever the stakes, Lady Gaga is headlining a Doritos-sponsored bill at...