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World Exclusive: The 2014 Revolt Music Conference

Azeem Khan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment
Azeem Khan

Last year, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, a man who needs little introduction, decided to launch a music-oriented digital television network, REVOLT TV, dedicated to offering music videos, entertainment, and pop culture news.

Everyone Needs Some Logic in Their Life

Ahmad Khan | Posted 08.04.2014 | Entertainment
Ahmad Khan

Meet Logic. He's the 24-year-old rapper from Maryland who's already released three critically acclaimed mixtapes, amassed a huge global fanbase, and is currently on his second nationwide tour of the year.

The Best of All Offices

Jerell Tongson | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Jerell Tongson

I can at least tell you about one guy, posted up in the back corners of the club, who still does it for the love of the game. Immanuel Smith is his name, and he plays for the Best of Both Offices team.

Russell Simmons Features Queer Poet Yazmin Monet Watkins

A.J. Walkley | Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

The media is a powerful tool that has the ability to shape and form public opinion. When She Smiles is one of the first few poetry videos released on All Def Poetry and I am beyond pleased that the bar has been set with queer content.

Def Jam Is Angry About 'Yeezus' Leak, But Kanye Isn't

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 06.16.2013 | Entertainment

As anyone would expect, Def Jam is none too pleased about the leaking of Kanye West's "Yeezus" -- and the record label is on the hunt for the guilty p...

Music Legend Swooping In To Save Kanye?

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 06.10.2013 | Entertainment

Kanye West and Rick Rubin have reportedly teamed up to finish "Yeezus," West's album that's due out on the fast approaching date of June 18. A new...

Kanye's Done

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment

Kanye West is done with his sixth studio album according to a number of sources who should know. The rapper recently previewed new material at Def...

Jay-Z Makes A Huge Move

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 04.09.2013 | Entertainment

Jay-Z and Universal Music Group have signed a deal to move the rap mogul's Roc Nation imprint over from Sony/Columbia, according to the New York Times...

Russell Simmons Set To Receive 2013 Visionary Award

Posted 12.03.2012 | Black Voices

Hip-Hop impresario Russell Simmons will receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2013 Visionary Award, during the organization’s forthcoming 24th ...

Great News For Rihanna Fans

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 09.13.2012 | Entertainment

Rihanna may be the most productive hitmaker in pop music. The 24-year-old singer has already released six studio albums (Gaga has two), and rumors are...

2 Chaaaaiiiinnz: A Listening Session

Jerell Tongson | Posted 10.03.2012 | New York
Jerell Tongson

At the 40/40 Tuesday night, the club was full and the bars were open as Def Jam packed the room out for everyone to hear the highly anticipated album from hip hop's man of the hour 2 Chainz.

Justin Bieber Sued For $9.2 Million

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 07.13.2012 | Entertainment

Justin Bieber is the target of a new $9.2 million lawsuit. Stacey Wilson Betts is suing the singer for allegedly wreaking havoc on her ears. The c...

I Take "The Pollywog EP" On Consignment From Adam Yauch, I Play In A Band With Richie Teeter

Binky Philips | Posted 07.08.2012 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I won't take up too much of your time here. Just had a few thoughts on Adam "MCA" Yauch... and Richie Teeter. We lost Richie Teeter about 3 weeks before we lost Adam. F**king cancer!

Spotify Gets New Apps

The Huffington Post | Jason Gilbert | Posted 03.22.2012 | Technology

Spotify is continuing its push to become a robust music platform, not just a music player. The company has announced a big batch of new apps that will...

4EvaNaThursday : Big K.R.I.T. Touches Down at Highline Ballroom

Jerell Tongson | Posted 05.13.2012 | New York
Jerell Tongson

It was par for a K.R.I.T. show, brazenly honest raps and an arsenal of flows to go with that trademark bounce. Smoke DZA even got in on the fun.

2 Chainz and Asher Roth Lead by Example at Gramercy Theater

Jerell Tongson | Posted 04.24.2012 | New York
Jerell Tongson

Asher Roth decidedly stepped the crowd-work up for the night. He climbed across the stage to the bleachers as he ripped through cuts from last year's criminally underappreciated Pabst & Jazz.

Ne-Yo Leaves Def Jam For Motown Records

Posted 01.25.2012 | Black Voices

Today Universal Music Group has announced the acquisition of three-time Grammy Award-winner, Ne-Yo and his label imprint, Compound Entertainment, to M...

Rihanna And David LaChapelle Settle 'S&M' Lawsuit

Posted 12.20.2011 | Arts

Although Rihanna has crooned "it feels so good being bad," it looks like she got a small taste of punishment for her 'S&M' music video this week, and ...

WATCH: Russell Simmons' Art For Life Benefit

East Hampton, NY Patch | Matthew Margolis | Posted 10.02.2011 | Arts

Soledad O'Brien, Danny Simmons and Edward Norton take a few minutes to talk about the importance of art. The 12th annual Art for Life Benefit for R...

Introducing Leverage Records: A Conversation With Stephen Levinson, Rick Rubin, Michael Goldberg and Isaac Heymann

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.13.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

From the teams who brought us Entourage as the labels Def Jam now comes Leverage Records, a division that will focus on developing and releasing projects by new talent as well as music placement in films and television.

Why Is Jay-Z Still Angry With Cristal?

Vaios Papanagnou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vaios Papanagnou

What Jay-Z misses is that the connections between cultural capital and class are less important for the dominant classes. They can transfer economic capital through inheritance and gain social capital through privileged social connections.

ALBUM ART CONTROVERSY: Kanye West Album Art By George Condo "Banned"?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Read the fine print on the better-reported stories about Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and they contradict the headlines. West's cov...

Russell Simmons' Auction Includes $200,000 Bed

AP | Posted 07.27.2011 | New York

SADDLE RIVER, N.J. -- Buyers checking out the contents of a New Jersey estate once owned by Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons should bring a lot of cash....

Global Beat Fusion: How the Roots Got Over

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

Eight of us packed into a midsize sedan to travel from New Brunswick, NJ, to Lowell, MA, in the fall of 1993. Engulfed by furniture factories, thrift ...

Jay-Z Denied Permission To Perform On Ed Sullivan Theater Roof

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Jay-Z's dream may be shattered thanks to the mayor of his beloved "concrete jungle." The rapper and CEO of Def Jam records had hoped to deliver a su...