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2012-08-16 10:23:27

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Wake up to a new star rising with "Sleep When I'm Dead," the debut single from sensational 19-year-old singer-songwriter-dancer K. Rose via the Epidemic Music imprint of hip-hop superproducers Cool & Dre and Interscope Records. Cool & Dre are renowned for their work with Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Game, Wale, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Ludacris, and Queen Latifah (whose management company signed K. Rose). The new track was produced...

2012-07-03 06:23:36

SAN DIEGO, July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cricket Communications, a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless plans and services, today announced exclusive Muve Music tracks and content with the release of its July Muve Headliner and Muve First featured artists. During the month of July, Muve Music from Cricket is pleased to showcase exclusive music and content from Muve Headliner artists Nas and Linkin Park and Muve First artist Maybach Music Group. Muve...

2010-07-08 13:09:00

NEW YORK, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Kevin Liles, President and CEO of KWL/ Def Jam Enterprises received the Medaille de la Ville de Paris, the highest honor an individual can receive for their contributions to Parisian culture. Liles was recognized for his role in helping to globalize the cultural phenomenon of hip hop to Paris. He joins the ranks of past winners that include fashion designers Valentino and Gianni Versace, actress Jane Fonda, and Nobel Prize winning scientist Linus Pauling....

2010-04-06 06:08:00

NEW YORK, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum Foundation and the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Television Show have issued a final "Cease and Desist" to the NMOHH and other trademark infringers to stop using their name, likeness, and selling any material with the name Hip Hop and Hall of Fame! They have now unfortunately put other Hip Hop moguls, and some of HHHOF's friends in a legally liable position, like Russell Simmons, Andre Harrell, Leyla Turkann, and others...

2009-02-06 10:24:17

New York rapper Nas, who in 2006 declared that Hip Hop is Dead, is quite alive these days. His latest album, the controversial Untitled, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in July and is certified gold. It's also been nominated for two Grammy Awards, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Solo Performance for the track N.i.*.*.e.r. (The Slave and the Master). Y'know, I've been nominated for it, (but) never won one, says Nas (real name Nasir Jones), who's expecting his first child with his wife,...

2008-09-08 06:00:14

By Marc Horne IT SOUNDS like the most unlikely musical collaboration since David Bowie teamed up with Bing Crosby. But percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie has revealed plans to perform with rap hell-raiser Eminem. The classically trained Scottish virtuoso grew up on a idyllic Aberdeenshire farm, while the US hip-hop star had a chaotic upbringing in a tough inner-city trailer park. Despite their chalk and cheese backgrounds and styles, Glennie is convinced the pair could make beautiful...

2008-07-25 09:00:58

"Nas" is a daring move, as its original title was the most divisive racial slur in America, the word symbolically buried by the NAACP in a funeral led by Jesse Jackson, who, it turns out, says it when he thinks no one is listening. In a treatise that is reflective, informed and mostly eloquent, "Nas" is a definitive reclamation of "that word," a searing thesis that is at times uncomfortable and brilliant. Reclaiming is a major theme throughout, whether it's "the word" or the legacy of...

2008-07-21 00:00:23

By The Associated Press Don't be fooled by "Queens Get The Money," the bracing opener of Nas'now-untitled ninth solo album: It sounds like nothing else on the CD. The Jay Electronica-produced cut - built on a few simple piano twinkles and no drum track - is by far the most left-of-center music the veteran Queens rapper has ever rhymed over. Calling himself "Nasty Nas-daq" and dropping oblique references to boxing greats and Huey Newton, Nas rhymes lines such as: "Bring back Arsenio/...

2008-07-20 18:00:22

By Josh Harrell, The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. Jul. 20--It's a common story found in smaller cities across the country: There are talented musicians who can't make it big. But in Fayetteville, young hip-hop artists are finding their own ways to grab exposure. Club owners, radio DJs, promoters and rappers are working independently -- and together -- to break through a barrier they have found impenetrable in recent years. While an occasional rapper has discovered marginal crossover...

2008-07-15 12:00:39

NAS "Untitled" Grade: A BOTTOM LINE Fiery, sly, brilliant and probably album of the year. Of all the things that separate Nas from pretty much every other rapper around, the most important one isn't his great flow or even his legendary rhymes. It's his sense of purpose. Nas isn't a firestarter, despite the recent dust-up over the title of his new album _ now called "Untitled" (Def Jam) instead of the unprintable racial epithet he wanted _ or the way he tackles the weighty topics of race...