Michael Saponara

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Kid Cudi's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

Kid Cudi burst onto the scene when he helped craft Kanye West's genre-shifting 808s & Heartbreak album back in 2008. Since then, their special (and sometimes fraught) creative relationship has survived a number of highs and lows. On Friday (June 8), the duo added a new chapter to that legacy with their highly anticipated Kids See Ghosts joint album, the third installment of G.O.O.D. Music's summer domination that has already seen solo releases from Pusha-T and West.

Ranking Every Song From Kanye West's 'Ye' Album: Critic's Picks

Kanye West unleashed his highly anticipated eighth studio album, ye, on Friday (June 1). The 7-track project was premiered with a livestream on the WAV app to thousands of viewers spanning the globe. Yeezy was joined by family, friends, and members of the media outdoors at his creative safe haven in the mountainous Jackson Hole, Wyoming region for a unique listening experience with booming speakers surrounded by a bonfire.

5 Things We Want to See From Nicki Minaj on 'SNL'

Nicki Minaj is gearing up for her highly anticipated appearance on Saturday Night Live, where she will hit the stage as the official musical guest for the third time in her decorated career on May 19. She teams up with SNL veteran Tina Fey, who has been tapped to host for the sixth time, closing out season 43. The pair are preparing to shoot a feature film possibly titled Get Ya Life Ugly shortly after their Saturday Night Live stint, according to Nicki.

Lil Skies Delivers Back-to-Back Electrifying NYC Shows at Irving Plaza

Teens packed out the famed Irving Plaza on Monday night (March 26) as Lil Skies brought his Life of a Dark Rose Tour blazing through NYC for back-to-back entertaining shows on the same night. The 19-year-old maintained commanding stage presence much like a hip-hop veteran, as he delivered an energetic half-hour set leaving fans satisfied. Skies even brought out Ski Mask the Slump God for a special appearance to help close out the sold-out show, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

Kanye West's '808s & Heartbreak' Turns 9: Ranking the Album's Tracks

After completing his transition to global superstar, and a trilogy of ground-breaking educational themed albums, Kanye West was looking for his next mountain to climb. Disaster then pierced the heart of West, who seemed unbreakable through his ascension. His mother, Donda West, whom he was very close with, unfortunately passed away from cosmetic complications in November 2007. Yeezy also broke off his year-and-a-half-long engagement with ex-girlfriend Alexis Phifer in early 2008.

RZA & DJ Mathematics Talk 'The Saga Continues', Politics, & Wu-Tang's Evolution

“We said Wu-Tang is forever, so we’re always going to keep that theme going, whether it’s performed by us or the next generation that’s inspired by us." So says RZA of the inspiration behind the Wu’s latest offering, The Saga Continues. DJ Mathematics has been in the Wu-Tang Clan camp for a long time, as RZA even had him design the iconic “W” that has become synonymous with the legendary group.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Talks Helping Puerto Rico & Notching First Top 40 Hit: Exclusive

After embarking on an all-encompassing media tour of NYC Tuesday (Oct. 17), Hamilton director Lin-Manuel Miranda's night culminated at the TIDAL X concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to continue his non-stop relief efforts for Puerto Rico. Billboard caught up with Miranda on the red carpet prior to the star-studded event where he continued to advocate for the people of Puerto Rico as he has since day one of the post-hurricane crisis.

8 Highlights From Brooklyn's Star-Studded TIDAL X Concert With JAY-Z, Stevie Wonder, Cardi B & More

"€Hip-hop was started with blacks and Puerto Ricans hand-in-hand. Hip-hop has to be a huge supporter of Puerto Rico because it doesn'€™t exist without them,"€ Vic Mensa told Billboard prior to Tuesday night (Oct. 18) TIDAL X concert for disaster relief at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. When artists come together and use the power of music to heal, the unthinkable can be reached. All ticket proceeds were donated to a handful of foundations to help those victimized in the recent natural disasters.
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