| Jun 21, 2013
| 7:00 AM
For nearly two decades the Essence Music Festival has been the premiere destination for black music fans from around the country. Now, BET is hoping to change that.
The Black Entertainment Television network has built a formidable competitor to Essence'...
| Jan 12, 2013
| 11:28 AM
The long-hoped-for OutKast reunion finally materialized (in a way) Friday night with the release of Frank Ocean's "Pink Matter" remix, which features appearances by both members of the influential Atlanta rap duo. The song premiered on hip-hop...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 11:10 AM
*** (of 4)
One of the ironically timeless issues with the rap genre is how its artists deal with aging. Rockers can gracefully mature with time, or, in the case of the Rolling Stones, just never ever ever ever go away. But in hip-hop, whose topics...
| Dec 10, 2012
Rapper, actor, author and reality TV star stops by to talk about his new album "Trouble Man, "in stores December 18th.
| Dec 11, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
Both as a solo artist and with Outkast, Big Boi has proven to be an intensely dedicated craftsman--an open-minded listener rooted in Southern funk but relentlessly interested in pushing its boundaries. Yet that rep is often forgotten,...
| Dec 16, 2012
| 9:34 AM
Hebru Brantley's trip to Miami Beach for the high-profile Art Basel art show was winding down when the Chicago-based street artist and De La Salle Institute alum was told there was one more potential customer who wanted to meet him right before his flight...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 9:10 AM
Big Boi is a serial collaborator, one of those endlessly curious artists who’s always thinking “what if?” when he charges into a new project. As one-half of OutKast, Big Boi helped expand the language of hip-hop. As a solo artist, he&...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 12:11 PM
Outkast remains arguably the greatest rap duo of all time, even though its members — Antwan "Big Boi" Patton and Andre Benjamin, aka Andre 3000 — haven't released an album together since 2006's "Idlewild" soundtrack. While Big Boi continues to...
| Sep 15, 2010
| 6:07 AM
From the Midnight Sun blog:
Those free tickets for Virgin Mobile FreeFest given away in July disappeared faster than the Jets' offense.
But nutty billionaire Richard Branson is still feeling magnanimous. Turns out the folks at FreeFest held on to...
| Sep 22, 2010
| 12:59 PM
From the Midnight Sun blog:
Virgin Mobile FreeFest line-up:
noon-12:45 p.m. - Brite Lite Brite 1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m. - Jimmy Eat World 3 p.m.-4 p.m. - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros 4 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - High tea toast with Jeremiah...
| Nov 1, 2010
| 6:26 AM
NEW YORK (AP) He had the top-selling album in the country earlier this month. He's on the president's iPod. He's on the charts with two singles and a collaboration on a third. He's on Facebook with updates for the more than 14 million people following...