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Drake brings Club Paradise to Jones Beachupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 09:33:00

Drake hit New York's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Saturday night the way he prefers to travel: with friends and family in tow. Andy Staples: Luther Campbell in fight for right to coach high school football in Miamiupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 16:44:00

Miami Northwestern High's defensive coordinator stood before his players last month with a marker in his hand and a board full of plays at his back. "Any time in this game we're going to check goal line, I'm going to go Eagle," he yelled, referring to a blitz call. "We're going to hit the quarterback all night." The players nodded. Some smiled. Some scowled.

Eminem: I'm starting to work on new solo recordupdated: Thu May 24 2012 16:49:00

Eminem revealed that he has started work on his next solo record during an interview with Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg this morning.

Nas, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Wiz Khalifa announced for Rock the Bellsupdated: Wed May 16 2012 16:55:00

Traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells has announced its lineup.

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch's musical legacy: Changing all games, all the timeupdated: Mon May 07 2012 10:26:00

Adam "MCA" Yauch's death leaves a Beastie-size hole in pop music. Though the trio were not the most prolific legends on the landscape (over the course of 25 years, they released only seven proper albums), their impact has been gigantic. Starting with 1986?s "Licensed to Ill," the Beastie Boys rewrote the rules for commercial hip-hop, the mainstreaming of hardcore punk, the state of sampling, and the treatment of the old school.

Legendary Beastie Boy dies at 47updated: Mon May 07 2012 10:26:00

Erin Burnett honors a man that was creative, energetic, passionate and OutFront.

'Uprising' documents role of hip-hop in L.A. riotsupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 15:44:00

In 1988, the West Coast hip-hop group N.W.A released a provocative song called "F**k tha Police," which stirred controversy and marked it as one of the most high-profile examples of tension between the black community in Los Angeles and authorities.

K'Naan: Somalia's hip-hop sensationupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 11:51:00

Somali hip-hop sensation Abdi Warsame, better known as K'Naan, has been compared to Eminem and Bob Marley.

Somali rapper K'naan makes songs in the key of loveupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 11:51:00

His name means "traveler" and Somali-born poet, rapper and musician K'naan has certainly come a long way.

Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers bring magic to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductionupdated: Mon Apr 16 2012 10:33:00

Walking into Cleveland, Ohio's Public Auditorium for the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last night, it was hard to not think of the Titanic striking an iceberg on the very same day 100 years ago.

Review: Nicki Minaj's 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded'updated: Tue Apr 10 2012 08:18:00

Nicki Minaj is a purist's nightmare.

The tiny African nation that's a rappers' delightupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 10:10:00

Deep and heavy beats vibrate large subwoofer speakers, hip hop artists grab the mic with one hand and gesture passionately with the other as thousands of fans rap along and dance in unison. You would be forgiven for thinking this was a typical urban concert in the U.S. -- but it's thousands of miles away in the tiny African nation of Gabon.

Celebrating the life of Notorious B.I.G., Brooklyn-styleupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 10:32:00

When I think of Brooklyn, I think of Christopher Wallace -- known to most as the Notorious B.I.G., or Biggie Smalls -- the artist whose life was cut short 15 years ago on March 9.

Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj win big at AMA showupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 06:10:00

Taylor Swift won three trophies at the 39th annual American Music Awards Sunday night, but the singer's ability to act surprised and excited may be worthy of an Emmy.

Taylor Swift takes top honors at AMAsupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 06:10:00

Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj were among the big winners at the 2011 American Music Awards. Kanye Hangs with Hip Hop Elite During Big Apple Weekendupdated: Tue Oct 11 2011 07:28:00

The rapper hung out with Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Diddy while in N.Y.C.

Singer, hip-hop pioneer Sylvia Robinson diesupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 19:49:00

Sylvia Robinson, a singer-songwriter who went on to become a pioneer in the hip-hop music business, introducing the seminal "Rapper's Delight," died Thursday in New Jersey of congestive heart failure. She was 76.

'Da sun back out' as T.I. leaves prison, againupdated: Thu Sep 15 2011 17:03:00

Rapper T.I. walked out of a federal prison Thursday to return to an Atlanta halfway house where he will spend the last 14 days of an 11-month prison sentence for a parole violation, his lawyer said Thursday.

Jay-Z's music on 9/11updated: Fri Sep 09 2011 11:13:00

Jay-Z's sixth album, "The Blueprint," hit record stores on the fateful morning of September 11, 2001.

Bus ride detours Rapper T.I.'s early release from prisonupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 12:34:00

T.I., who walked out of a federal prison in Arkansas Wednesday and joyously tweeted "The storm is over & da sun back out," woke up back in a prison Friday morning.

T.I. tweets 'da sun back out' as he steps out of prisonupdated: Wed Aug 31 2011 13:07:00

Rapper T.I. walked out of a federal prison in Arkansas Wednesday morning, 10 months after he began serving a sentence for violating his parole on a gun conviction, a prison official confirmed.

Outkast's Big Boi jailed on drug charges in Miamiupdated: Sun Aug 07 2011 18:57:00

Hip-hop artist Antwan "Big Boi" Patton faces several drug charges after Miami police arrested him Sunday, according to booking information posted on the Miami-Dade jail website. Soulja Boy Buys $55 Million Birthday Jet for Himself: Reportupdated: Sun Jul 31 2011 12:09:00

But the rapper denies digging deep to purchase and customize a private jet

Documentary follows 'Rolling Stones of hip-hop'updated: Fri Jul 08 2011 16:48:00

When legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest broke up in 1998, founding member Ali Shaheed Muhammad says, he felt relieved.

BET Awards become the Chris Brown showupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 13:28:00

A mix up between a computer tablet and a teleprompter during Sunday's BET Awards created an awkward moment that reminded viewers of Chris Brown's domestic violence conviction on a night that otherwise was Brown's triumph.

Vanilla Ice starts real estate websiteupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 09:51:00

Vanilla Ice offers real estate advice Tupac Shakur Shooter Confesses to Role in 1994 Attackupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 15:09:00

Dexter Isaac says he was one of the men who wounded the rapper, setting a bitter feud in motion

New York police will investigate claim of Tupac Shakur attackupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 06:42:00

New York police said Thursday that they will talk to an inmate who admitted to being part of the 1994 robbery and shooting of rapper Tupac Shakur.

Rapper Flo Rida arrestedupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 06:20:00

Rap artist Tramar Lacell Dillard was arrested on charges of DUI and driving with a suspended license, police say.

Flo Rida arrested on DUI chargeupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 06:20:00

Rapper Flo Rida is out of jail after being arrested Thursday on suspicion of drunken driving.

FBI reveals documents in Biggie Smalls death probeupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 15:23:00

The 1997 murder of Christopher Wallace, the rapper also known as The Notorious B.I.G. and Biggie Smalls, remains an unsolved crime despite Los Angeles police and FBI investigations that lasted for years.

Grammy-winning hip-hop artist aspires to political officeupdated: Mon Apr 04 2011 17:50:00

Che "Rhymefest" Smith considers himself a "raptivist," a name he gave himself years before he took on his latest mission. The Bonus: Jay-Z's first attempt to build basketball juggernaut was in Ruckerupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 12:03:00

Reprinted from EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner To Corner Office by Zack O'Malley Greenburg with permission from Portfolio a member of The Penguin Group USA (Inc). Copyright (c) Zack O'Malley Greenburg 2011. Kendra Wilkinson & Kim Kardashian Mourn Nate Doggupdated: Thu Mar 17 2011 22:12:00

"RIP Nate Dogg…West Coast LEGEND!" Kardashian Tweeted, shortly after the news broke of the hip-hop star's death Nate Dogg Dead at 41updated: Wed Mar 16 2011 15:49:00

Fellow hip-hop artists pay tribute to Nathaniel D. Hale, who had suffered several strokes in recent years

COVER STORY: In concert with controversyupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 18:39:00

It all started with a New Year's Eve party.

Pop stars who took Gadhafi's moneyupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 18:39:00

A-list celebs are coming clean about their paid private performances for Gadhafi's family. CNN's Kareen Wynter reports.

Travis Barker's painful recovery, solo disc, new Blink-182 albumupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 18:04:00

Travis Barker has a full agenda for 2011, beginning with his debut solo album (out on March 15) and a tour with Lil Wayne, plus plans to finish the long-delayed Blink-182 reunion album for release later this year.

Tunisia's revolutionary rappersupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 09:01:00

They once risked arrest -- now Tunisia's rappers are hailed as heroes and revered as a voice for the country's youth.

Tunisia's rappers provide soundtrack to a revolutionupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 09:01:00

Tunisia's rappers have long made a point of speaking their minds, their lyrics often bringing them into conflict with the old regime. But more than simply upsetting the status quo, according to one of the country's leading rappers their music was the "fuel" for Tunisia's revolution.

The tech-geek side of Ludacrisupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 16:48:00

This may be the new hip-hop career track: write a few hit tracks and then develop a line of headphones to help people bump to them at full volume.

Investigation into death of Notorious B.I.G. heats upupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 14:03:00

A task force made up of local and federal law enforcement agencies is actively pursuing leads into the 1997 slaying of hip hop artist Christopher Wallace, better known as Biggie Smalls or Notorious B.I.G., according to two sources familiar with the investigation.

Mystery surrounds rappers' deathsupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 14:03:00

CNN's Ted Rowlands reports on the unsolved murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace. Five Things to Know About Grammy-Nominated Best New Artist Drakeupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 06:47:00

The Canadian rapper was humbled by Jay-Z's performance and would love to collaborate with Sade in the future

Rap music mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested outside California restaurantupdated: Sat Dec 04 2010 20:45:00

In his latest run-in with the law, rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested at a suburban Los Angeles outdoor shopping mall for failing to appear in court on a traffic violation.

Eminem leads Grammy nominations with 10updated: Thu Dec 02 2010 02:18:00

Riding the strength of his "Recovery" album, rapper Eminem nabbed 10 Grammy nominations when nominations for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday night.

Michael Jackson duets with Akon, 50 Cent, Lenny Kravitz on next albumupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 02:22:00

A Michael Jackson duet with Akon recorded in 2007 will be released Monday morning as the first official single from the late pop star's next album, Epic Records announced Friday.

Lil Wayne's ready to party after release from jailupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 09:21:00

Rapper Lil Wayne walked out of New York's Rikers Island jail Thursday and was set to fly to Miami for a welcome home party thrown by his record label, his publicist said.

Has prison changed Lil Wayne?updated: Thu Nov 04 2010 09:21:00

Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Cortez Bryant talk about Lil Wayne's stint in prison.

Yemen's hip-hop struggleupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 13:51:00

Inside the Middle East talks to Yemeni rapper AJ about censorship in Yemen.

Yemeni rapper tells youth pick up mics not gunsupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 13:51:00

Spend some time in Yemen's capital and you start hearing a similar refrain. It's unavoidable -- everywhere you turn a chorus of voices bemoaning the issues and difficulties at hand. After all, Yemen is a country full of worsening conflict, deepening poverty, increasing terror, and a growing water crisis. Inside Story: T.I. Knew in His Heart He Needed to Save Suicidal Atlanta Manupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 18:28:00

"I told him it's not that bad and that I was there for him," the rapper tells PEOPLE

Bieber fever fuels rise of 'wanna-Biebs'updated: Tue Sep 14 2010 15:01:00

Who wouldn't want to be Justin Bieber? 5 Things to Know About VMA-Nominated Florence + the Machineupdated: Sun Sep 12 2010 09:28:00

The British singer loves Twilight and isn't anticipating a run-in with Kanye West at Sunday's VMAs 5 Things to Know About Rapper Nicki Minajupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 13:31:00

Lil Wayne's protégé is a tough chick from Queens, but she has a soft spot for The Hills

Rapper Nicki Minaj: I'll show you moreupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 09:28:00

Three years ago, Nicki Minaj was getting fired from jobs more often than she was paying her rent on time.

Nicki Minaj: 'Pink Friday' on red carpetupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 09:28:00

Rapper Nicki Minaj takes CNN behind the scenes of the Teen Choice Awards red carpet, and talks about her new album.

Wyclef Jean fighting to get name on Haiti presidential ballotupdated: Sun Aug 22 2010 17:29:00

Hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean said Sunday he will contest a pronouncement from Haitian election officials ruling him ineligible to run for president of Haiti.

Wyclef: Election decision a 'total shock'updated: Sat Aug 21 2010 03:53:00

Wyclef Jean says he was not given a specific reason as to why he was ruled inelgible to run for president of Haiti.

Haitian officials: Wyclef Jean will not be on presidential ballotupdated: Sat Aug 21 2010 03:53:00

Haitian election officials have rejected hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean's bid to run for president of the Caribbean nation.

OutKast's Big Boi goes soloupdated: Wed Jul 07 2010 18:29:00

Big Boi talks about his new album "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty," and why it doesn't include Andre 3000.

OutKast's Big Boi pursuing solo successupdated: Wed Jul 07 2010 18:29:00

Sixteen years ago, Antwan "Big Boi" Patton and his partner-in-rhyme, Andre "3000" Benjamin, single-handedly put Southern hip-hop on the map as the rap group OutKast with the debut of their album, "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik."

Lil' Wayne pleads guilty to Arizona drug chargeupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 02:51:00

Rapper Lil' Wayne may avoid jail time on an Arizona drug charge, according to a plea deal that was announced Monday.

Suge Knight is '100 percent innocent,' lawyer saysupdated: Fri May 21 2010 11:49:00

The lawyer for Marion "Suge" Knight insists the rap music mogul did not point a gun at a man Wednesday night in the Los Angeles area.

Rap music mogul Suge Knight arrestedupdated: Thu May 20 2010 16:56:00

Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of pointing a gun at a man, authorities in California said.

Rap mogul arrested on weapons charge, Los Angeles police sayupdated: Thu May 20 2010 15:46:00

Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of pointing a gun at a man, authorities in California said.

Somali rapper bucks hip-hop code of violenceupdated: Thu May 20 2010 14:54:00

The Somali-born K'naan could be excused if he heeded hip-hop's code of violence.

K'naan's 'Wavin' Flag' hit goes globalupdated: Thu May 20 2010 14:54:00

"Dylanesque" Somali rapper K'naan talks about survival guilt, the World Cup and learning English through hip-hop. Lil Wayne's Life in Jailupdated: Thu Mar 11 2010 14:01:00

All the details on the rapper's new unglamorous digs at Riker's Island in N.Y.C.

Rapper Lil' Wayne sentenced to one yearupdated: Mon Mar 08 2010 15:43:00

Lil' Wayne was sentenced Monday to a year in prison.

Lil Wayne sentencing delayupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 19:02:00

A judge grants a request by rapper Lil Wayne to adjourn his jail sentence so he can take care of a dental issue.

Lil Wayne's sentencing postponedupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 19:02:00

A Manhattan judge granted a request Tuesday by the rapper known as Lil Wayne to adjourn his jail sentence so some dental work can be done. Fergie & Josh Duhamel Ring in 2010 Kissing in Vegasupdated: Sat Jan 02 2010 11:09:00

The couple smooch at midnight as the jubilant crowd roars its approval

Getting 'down' with Jay Seanupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 11:46:00

Jay Sean has a No. 1 hit with "Down." He talks with CNN's Shanon Cook about the fame game.

Jay Sean is up with 'Down'updated: Tue Dec 08 2009 11:46:00

Jay Sean's hit "Down" is prompting people to boogie in unexpected places.

The battle over controversial Lil' Wayne filmupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 12:44:00

In 2008, superstar rapper Lil' Wayne allowed a film crew full access to his hectic life.

Def Jam changed music business, still a power at 25updated: Wed Nov 04 2009 14:25:00

A recipe that includes a nondescript New York University dorm room, a heavyset Jewish kid from Long Island and a street-wise black guy from Queens seems like an unlikely one to cook up musical history.

Rapper Pitbull true to his Cuban heritageupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 12:21:00

As the man in the Dodgers jersey walked quickly around the perimeter of the infield, fans poured down from the bleachers begging for autographs.

Pitbull starts a 'Rebelution'updated: Sat Oct 24 2009 12:21:00

Pitbull talks about his Cuban roots and shares why he won't play a show there until Castro's gone. Denise Quan explains.

Where have all the successful female rappers gone?updated: Wed Oct 14 2009 10:53:00

Queen Latifah has been on the hip-hop scene for so long that she has seen artists come and go and trends change.

RZA: Wu-Tang a drive-by away from never existingupdated: Mon Oct 12 2009 08:59:00

The Wu-Tang Clan -- the New York hip-hop supergroup that spawned millions of album sales, nine solo acts and a few acting careers -- almost never was.

The Roots are no sell-outsupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 11:37:00

The Roots say their new gig on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" affords them a chance to hone their musical chops.

?uestlove: The Roots 'redefine art of house band'updated: Thu Sep 24 2009 11:37:00

Yes, they signed with a mega-label and are cashing checks as a late-night show's house band, but sellouts? The Roots?

Common: 'Obama effect' steering rap away from rims, blingupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 13:44:00

Rims and bling? They're "super-played out," Common said, explaining that hip-hop is finding another direction and President Obama is helping point the way.

Common: 'Chain-shining era' goneupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 13:44:00

Rapper Common says he thinks President Obama is inspiring hip-hop to shift toward being more hopeful. It's a Boy for Rapper Lil Wayneupdated: Mon Sep 14 2009 20:08:00

Actress Lauren London delivered the pair's "healthy baby boy" on 09/09/09

Kanye West could be Leno's new Hugh Grantupdated: Mon Sep 14 2009 17:04:00

Jay Leno says immediacy is key to his new show, and he should have plenty of it for his prime time premiere Monday, when Kanye West is a musical guest.

Another Kanye controversyupdated: Mon Sep 14 2009 17:04:00

HLN's A.J. Hammer has the details on the MTV VMAs and a controversial disruption from rapper Kanye West. VIDEO POLL: Rihanna, Kanye West & Jay-Z 'Run This Town'updated: Fri Aug 21 2009 08:26:00

The much-anticipated music video premieres with the three hitmakers at war

Hip Hop diplomacyupdated: Fri Jul 31 2009 09:13:00

CNN's Jill Dougherty looks at how the U.S. State Department is using hip hop's global appeal as a diplomatic tool.

'Sneakerheads' pay big bucks for rare kicksupdated: Thu May 28 2009 09:25:00

OutKast's Big Boi is a junkie, has been for years.

Report: Rapper T.I. reports to Arkansas prisonupdated: Tue May 26 2009 15:33:00

Rapper T.I., who was sentenced to a 366-day prison sentence in March, reported Tuesday to a federal prison complex in Forrest City, Arkansas, according to CNN affiliate WSB-TV.

Rapper T.I. gives farewell concert before going to prisonupdated: Mon May 25 2009 14:56:00

Rap star T.I. threw himself a going-away party Sunday night, less than two days before he was scheduled to begin serving a prison sentence on federal weapons charges.

Rapper Dolla mourned for his 'big heart'updated: Wed May 20 2009 09:34:00

The murder of rapper Dolla reverberated throughout the music industry on Tuesday as police sought a motive for the brazen killing. Eminem and His Many Feudsupdated: Wed May 13 2009 09:47:00

Nick Cannon isn't the first to take issue with the rapper. Vote for your favorite face-off - including one with a puppet Nick Cannon Blasts Eminem for 'Disrespecting' Mariah Careyupdated: Tue May 12 2009 08:09:00

POLL: It's a battle of words - song lyrics versus blog posts - whose side are you on? Snoop Dogg Being Immortalized in Waxupdated: Sat Apr 18 2009 06:09:00

When approached by Madame Tussauds, the rapper told the museum, "Fa shizzle!"

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