HIP-HOP

Lil' Wayne Flashes His Cash in New Video for 'R.A.F.' (watch!)

Lil Wayne ended up in the hospital last week for an alleged drug overdose, but he may have just been working too hard. He just released a new video for his song “R.A.F” and his new album, I Am Not a Human Being II debuts this month. The song’s all about money, but it ain’t no good if you’re dead....

Justin Bieber Pitches In on Will.i.am's '#That Power' (listen!)

Justin Bieber boosts his street cred with another featured performance with Will.i.am. He contributes to the Black Eyed Peas band member’s new song “#That Power.” Will.i.am also recorded tracks with Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger, David Guetta, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, LMFAO, Eva Simons, Chris Brown, Mick Jagger, Busta Rhymes, Demi Lovato, Ne-Yo, Avril Lavigne and even Kanye West. ...

Nicki Minaj, Cassie Paint the Town Pink in 'The Boys' Video (Watch!)

Nicki Minaj challenges Katy Perry as the queen of candy-colored videos with a new release for her song “The Boys.” The rapper gets lost in a world of pink polka dots, streets cars and boys dressed in pink suits. And she has her very own Barbie Doll. Casandra Elizabeth Ventura, Cassie for short, is featured in the video, helping Nicki tease the boys. Cassie, 26, an R&B singer, model, dancer and actress, provides an interesting contrast to diminutive rapper. As eye-candy goes, she’s the Jeff to her Mutt....

Justin Bieber Touts DJ AcE's New 'Find You Somewhere' Video (watch!)

Justin Bieber is promoting a new music video for “Find You Somewhere,” a song featuring DJ AcE and Willow and Jaden Smith, the children of Hollywood power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. For the uninitiated, AcE is Will and Jaden’s older brother Trey Smith, making this production a true family affair. Since Trey it’s his tune, “Find You Somewhere” has a dance heavy bass line and a Euro disco beat. Jaden, in contrast, is more into rap, while sis Willow is all power pop. The song is officially classified as rap....

Chris Lighty's Death a Sign of Hip Hop's Fading Presence

Chris Lighty was at the center of the hip-hop revolution and his shocking suicide is one more sign that the music genre is fading in importance among a key constituency… white suburban kids. Lighty, 44, was a key player early on as hip-hop and rap rose to prominence in the 1990s. At his height, he’d managed such artists as 50 Cent, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Soulja Boy, L.L. Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey and rapper Ja Rule....

B.o.B., Nicki Minaj Off on Tangent in Out of My Mind Video (watch)

Rapper B.o.B. goes head-trip to head-trip with Nicki Minaj in the insane new video for B.o.B’s “Out of My Mind.” It’s hard to tell who’s crazier, B.o.B, who plays a mental patient, or Nicki who plays a doctor. That’s right, say it… Dr. Minaj. Nicki is known for her frenetic raps, and B.o.B, real name real Bobby Ray Simmons Jr., matches her rhyme for rhyme in rapid fire sequences that take place in an off-the-wall mental institution....

Frank Ocean European Tour Sidelined by Vocal Problems

Frank Ocean has been forced to curtail his European tour, including a much anticipated paring with British band Coldplay, because of unspecified vocal problems. Ocean worked as a songwriter for such artists as Brandy, Justin Bieber and John Legend before launching his own career in 2010....

Jaden Smith Skates Through 'Pump Up Kicks' Video (watch!)

Jaden Smith does a little shopping for skateboards with a posse of friends in the new video for his song “Pumped Up Kicks (Like Me),” which can only be described as pop hip-hop, much the same musical style of dad Will Smith. He samples Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” in the rap. Sister Willow Smith has been carrying most of the load for the family musically. She’s dropped videos for her debut “Whip My Hair,” “Do it Like Me (Rockstar)” and “I Am Me.”...

Rita Ora, UK's Hot Sex Bomb, About to Hit U.S. (video!)

Rita Ora is fast becoming the next big import in the new British Invasion. She has an even more exotic background than Rihanna and her hip-hop style recalls old school rappers like Missy Elliott, with looks rivaling her Barbadian colleague. Ora, 21, debuted in Las Vegas last night hosting Stereo Saturdays at Lavo Nightclub in the ritzy Palazzo Hotel-Resort Casino. It’s part of a whirlwind tour leading up to the release of her first album....

Drake Joins 2 Chainz on 'No Lie' Video; Disses Rihanna (watch!)

Rapper 2 Chainz is out with a new video for his song “No Lie,” which features fellow rapper Drake in what sounds like a distinctly negative reference to a singer that could be, might be, probably is Rihanna. Only last weekend Rihanna was worth fighting over. She’s been cited as one of the reasons that Drake and his posse got into a bottle tossing contest with R&B artist Chris Brown....

Nicki Minaj Woos Two Lovers in 'Right By My Side' Video (watch!)

Nicki Minaj gets friendly with rappers Nas and Chris Brown in the new video for her song the “Right By My Side.” But Nas seems to nab the leading lady. Chris Brown sings the male part of the song, while Minaj woos the brooding Nas. The rapper doesn’t sing but they exchange glances, he gives Nicki a car and takes her shopping. In exchange, Barbie gives him a dainty kiss....

Nicki Minaj Rocks Out Ellen With Two Song Medley (watch!)

Nicki Minaj is taking her Barbie queen image seriously. She performed a medley of her new songs “Right By My Side” and “Starships” on the Ellen DeGeneres Show atop a huge white throne. The rapper debuted “Right By My Side” on the show wearing a long pink skirt, vest and platinum blonde wig. The video for the song will premiere next week....

Kanye West Sparks Beef Over 'I Don't Like' Remix (listen)

Kanye West has ignited a hip-hop beef over his remix of Chief Keef’s rap “I Don’t Like.” The remix dropped last night (May 1) and already Keef’s producer Young Chop is threatening a lawsuit. West must be giving girlfriend Kim Kardashian second thoughts. He brags about bagging three women in one night. “Soho or Tribeca/ three hoes, trifecta/dope money, coke money…”...

Lana Del Rey Surprise; Surfaces in UK Rapper's Mashup (listen!)

Lana Del Rey is suddenly everyone’s darlin’… again. She’s popping up in the most unusual and surprising places like a a collaboration on a 1966 Shirley Bassey tune, “Big Spender,” with UK rapper Smiler. Although the collaboration took place two years ago for Smiler’s remix of “Spender,” off his mixtape All I Know, it’s suddenly gaining traction on YouTube....