Erykah Badu released phone-themed mixtape for Thanksgiving

Neo-soul musician Erykah Badu is gearing up to release a new mixtape, “But U Caint Use My Phone.”

Prince plans to embark on solo piano tour

Legendary music artist Prince is apparently trying new things in the midst of his 30-plus year career. He will reportedly embark on a 16-date European tour, titled “Prince Spotlight: Piano & A Microphone.”

Tichina Arnold, live at Minton’s Thanksgiving weekend

Tichina Arnold is set to perform at Minton's

Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff to tour in 2016

Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, the recipients of the very first Grammy for Best Rap Performance, are reuniting for an extensive tour almost two decades later.

Inmates record music video in jail

The policy is written on signs in front of the jail that are plain as day: No cell phones are allowed, not even for the guards themselves.

Flying Lotus premieres new music project

The young African-American producer, radio personality and DJr Flying Lotus (whose great aunt is the transcendent jazz composer Alice Coltrane) has released new music in collaboration with ex-Digable Planets rapper, now Shabazz Palaces lyricist Ishmael Butler and the enigmatic bass ...

Erykah Badu to host Soul Train Awards

It has been announced that the iconic neo-soul musician and former Soulquarian Erykah Badu will host the Soul Train Awards 2015.

Stevie Wonder: Sixty-five and still amazing

Last week, Stevie Wonder stood on the stage of the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and said that he asked his staff whether they thought people would show up for his second concert in Newark, since he’d already performed an ...

McDonald's launches of 2015 Flavor Battle Competition in search of best DJ

McDonald's is hooking up with leaders in hip-hop culture to announce the launch of its 2015 Flavor Battle competition.

BET Hip Hop Awards: Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean grab top honors

Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean were big winners at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards, which aired Tuesday night.

Hip-hop pioneer Kool DJ AJ becomes an ancestor

An extensive conglomerate of hip-hop pioneers and aficionados came out to Harlem’s Mother AME Zion Church (146 W. 137th St.) on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 17 to pay their respects to fellow legend Kool DJ AJ.

Smithsonian acquires hip-hop photography collection 

Over 400 photographs compiled for the Eyejammie Hip-Hop Collection have been acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

BRIC JazzFest, Mixon’s Hot House

With the generational influence of Brooklyn native musicians Cecil Payne, Max Roach and Randy Weston, the keeper of African music and culture, the borough will present its first installment of the BRIC JazzFest.

Tribe Called Quest reissue debut album for 25th anniversary 

In the first of a series of reissues, the legendary New York-based hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest is reissuing their debut album, “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm,” in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the album’s ...

Sweet sounds of Brooklyn

Music is celebrated at "Sweet Sounds of Brooklyn"