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Every Song From Future's 'High Off Life' Album Ranked: Critic's Pick

Billboard sifts through Future's eighth LP and ranks every song from 'High Off Life'. → Read More

VMA-Winning Choreographer Charm La'Donna Signs With Epic Records & Debuts 'So & So' Lyric Video: Exclusive

Charm is also making her artistic debut as part of the Epic Records family with the release of her tender "So & So" video on Friday. → Read More

6ix9ine & Meek Mill's Feud Explained: A Timeline

Billboard breaks down the entertaining feud between 6ix9ine and Meek Mill that bubbled last week with Tekashi's return to music. → Read More

5 Years of RapCaviar: Spotify's Carl Chery Breaks Down the Power of the Playlist

With Spotify celebrating the fifth anniversary of their RapCaviar playlist, Billboard spoke to Carl Chery about the most sought-after real estate in hip-hop. → Read More

He's Back: 5 Best Moments From 6ix9ine's Return to Instagram Live

He's back. After nearly 18 months since his 2018 arrest, Tekashi 6ix9ine finally returned to the public eye on Friday. → Read More

DJ Jazzy Jeff Wants His Virtual Block Party to Make You Dance in Your Kitchen

DJ Jazzy Jeff talks to Billboard about his upcoming virtual block party with Will Smith, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air turning 30 and more. → Read More

OMB Bloodbath Signs Interscope Deal With 10:22PM & LVRN: Exclusive

Houston's OMB Bloodbath signs with 10:22PM and Love Renaissance in combination with Interscope Records. → Read More

Ranking Every Song From Drake's Surprise 'Dark Lane Demo Tapes': Critic's Pick

The 6 God has returned. Drake dropped off his 'Dark Lane Demo Tapes' shortly after midnight on Friday. → Read More

Davido Refuses to Turn His Back on Nigeria, Pledges 'D & G' Video Proceeds to Covid-19 Relief

With the 27-year-old adjusting to the new normal, Davido's focus turned back to the music on April 24, which saw the release of his "D&G" visual. → Read More

Nick Cannon on 'Wild 'N Out' and His Decade-Long Feud With Eminem: 'I Think He Knows Better Now'

Billboard spoke with Nick Cannon on his decade-long Eminem feud, the devastating loss of Kobe Bryant, what he's doing in quarantine, and more. → Read More

While the Wins Pile Up, Nav's Still Working Like He Lives at His Mom's House

Even though his last album topped the Billboard 200 and he has another hit on his hands, NAV is still grinding like he's broke. → Read More

Life's a Gamble: How Shooting Dice With Lil Baby Led to 42 Dugg's Blossoming Rap Career

Following the release of his 'Young & Turnt, Vol. 2' project, 42 Dugg talks his Detroit roots, love for gambling, and more. → Read More

Sony Music Invests in Joyner Lucas' Tully App to Expand User Experience: Exclusive

Billboard confirmed that Lucas' Tully app has received a strategic investment from Sony Music to help take their user experience to the next level. → Read More

Abby Jasmine Goes Viral With Guapdad 4000 in 'Groovy' Video: Watch

Abby Jasmine returns with the track's creative visual, featuring Guapdad 4000. → Read More

Laced Up: This Week's Coolest Sneaker Sightings With Kanye West, J Balvin & More

Thanks to the rise of celebrity collaborations over the past decade, sneaker culture has blossomed as one of the most coveted sectors in the fashion industry. From Drake’s close relationship to Nike, to Virgil Abloh’s rare Off-White x Nike collaborations, your favorites love showing off their fresh kicks just as much as they love designing them. This week, Kanye West rocks his own Yeezy sneakers… → Read More

T.I. Will Team Up With YouTube for New Episodes of 'ExpediTIously' Podcast: Exclusive

T.I. dishes on the 14th anniversary of King, Travis Scott's label situation with Grand Hustle, reconnecting with Kanye West following "Ye vs the People." → Read More

Watch the Trailer For B2K's 'Millennium Tour Live' Concert: Exclusive

B2K's faithful will have the chance to relive the nostalgia-packed experience through The Millennium Tour Live. → Read More

7 Things You Might Have Missed Inside Drake's House in 'Toosie Slide' Video

Here's everything you may not have caught during Drake's tour of his Toronto estate for his "Toosie Slide" video. → Read More

Laced Up: This Week's Coolest Sneaker Sightings With DaBaby, Lil Wayne & More

Billboard Style's weekly sneaker roundup showcases some of your favorite celebrities -- including DaBaby, Lil Wayne and Offset -- sporting the hottest sneakers. → Read More

You'll Want to Dance Along to Khalid's Uplifting 'Know Your Worth' Video With Disclosure

Khalid is back with his second single of 2020 on the heels of "Eleven." The Texas native reconnected with production duo Disclosure for "Know Your Worth" in February, then dropped off the dance-heavy video on Friday (March 27). → Read More