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Rap Genius Raises $40 Million and Changes Name to 'Genius.' But That's Not the Whole Story.

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>On May 23 of this year, things were finally coming together for Rap Genius. Launched in 2009 by three Yale alums -- Mahbod Moghadam, Tom Lehman, and Ilan Zechory -- and refined during a stint with the well-known startup incubator Y Combinator, the …

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Kanye West Fills in for Drake, Unleashes Auto-Tuned Rant at Wireless Festival

A couple days ago, Drake fell sick with an undisclosed illness and was forced to cancel his performance at this weekend's Wireless Festival in London. Kanye West stepped up to replace him, and he brought along his rants: according to <i>NME</i>, the rapper took a fifteen-minute detour during "Runaway" for …

Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan Share "I Got It"

Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug: "I Got It" (via SoundCloud)<p>Today, producer C4 shared a new track—a collaboration between two rising Atlanta MCs, Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug. It's called "I Got It"—that's it above.<p>The track is featured on DJ Plugg's new mixtape <i>I Am the Plug</i>, which also features a …

Mid-Year Music Update: Streaming Is King as Downloads Fade Away

YouTube, Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody and other music-streaming services are booming like never before, according to new mid-year numbers released by …

Flavor Flav Cited for Illegal Fireworks Following Holiday Bash

Police brought an early end to Public Enemy hypeman Flavor Flav’s annual Fourth of July party over the weekend, confiscating over 100 pounds of …

Nielsen's Mid-Year Report Reveals Demise Of The Digital Download

Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS released the annual Mid-Year Music Industry Report for 2014 late last week, and the results revealed the acceleration a trend this publication has long been predicting: the demise of the digital download.<p>According to the report, digital track sales dipped from …

Rising Rapper-Singer Mapei Channels Bob Dylan for ‘Change’ Video

Swedish-American (by way of Liberia) rapper-singer Mapei has been bubbling up since late last year, when her eerie, leftfield pop-R&B offering “Don’t …

Usher Shares Pharrell-Produced "She Came to Give It to You" Featuring Nicki Minaj

Usher: "She Came to Give It to You" [ft. Nicki Minaj] (via SoundCloud)<p>Usher has shared "She Came to Give It to You", which features Nicki Minaj and was produced by Pharrell. It'll appear on his upcoming studio album, which has already produced the recently-remixed-by-Disclosure "Good Kisser". …

CIA Makes Joke About Tupac’s Murder on Twitter

The CIA has put its foot down on one of music’s biggest mysteries, offering the most definitive (maybe) answer a top-secret intelligence agency can …

Jay Z, No Doubt, Tiësto Set to Headline Free Global Citizen Festival

It may surprise some to see a hip-hop icon like Jay Z — the rapper who helped personify the idea of ostentatious wealth — go hard to end world …

Trey Songz’ ‘Cake’ Helps New Album ‘Trigga’ Top Charts

Album sales: Still down (15 percent). Track sales: Still down (13 percent). Mid-year record-business sales numbers: gloomy. And record-label …

Azealia Banks Parts Ways with Universal, Would Love to Join Interpol

Azealia Banks has announced her split with Universal, the label which she signed to in 2012 following the success of her breakthrough hit "212". The rapper's departure follows several years of complications associated with her long-delayed debut <i>Broke With Expensive Taste</i>, which had a frustrated …

Meek Mill Sentenced to Jail

Meek Mill has received a sentence of three to six months in jail, <i>Billboard</i> reports. The Philadelphia-based Maybach Music Group rapper violated his probation, which stemmed from a 2008 gun and drug conviction.<p>After spending eight months in jail back in 2008, he was put on five-year probation in the …

Death to Pandora? A guide to the looming music copyright war

There's a big, contentious battle brewing in Washington and you might not even know about it. But you should, especially if you like music.<p>Congress …

The end of the record collection?

Linda Yueh<p><b>The household record collection has changed shape a number of times over the decades. During the 1960s and 70s it was a cupboard full of vinyl discs. In the 80s and 90s, it was racks of cassettes and compact discs. And in the new millennium our collections went digital as the MP3 and</b> …

China's baddest billionaire builder

By the time the VIP guests arrive, the meeting hall at the Yunnan Zhenzhuang Guest House in the southern city of Kunming is jammed with Communist …

Here's What Happened When We Tried Calling The CEO Of CYNK

Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading of CYNK until July 24.<p>CYNK Technology operates a "social network" called Introbiz.com. The company has no revenue, assets, or full-time employees. It has also been a mystery who runs the company.<p>According to a filing with OTC Markets, …

Texas Teen Who Witnessed Murder of Her Family Speaks at Memorial

The 15-year-old lone survivor of a shooting that left her parents and four siblings dead in their suburban Houston home bravely thanked the community Saturday for their support — and said she finds solace in knowing she will see her family again.<p>“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, …

BMW to change model designations even further from actual displacement?

Once upon a time, you could look at the back of a trunk lid of a BMW and come up with a pretty fair idea of what sat under its hood. For example, a 320i was a 3 Series with a fuel-injected, 2.0-liter engine, a 328i was a 3 Series with a fuel-injected, 2.8-liter engine and a 328Ci was a two-door 3 …

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2015 Mitsubishi Evo, 2017 Porsche Boxster, North America’s First LaFerrari: This Week’s Top Photos

Mitsubishi confirmed this week that the 2015 Lancer Evolution will be its last Evo. Mitsubishi is likely to launch a new sports car in the future, …

Jay Electronica Brings Out JAY Z, J. Cole & Mac Miller at 2014 BK Hip-Hop Festival

The 2014 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival closed out with a bang on Saturday afternoon. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year’s event put on by …

Jay-Z and Beyoncé's On The Run Tour To Air as a Special on HBO

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are teaming with HBO to bring a concert special for their current world tour to TV, <i>Billboard</i> reports. Details about when the show will air haven't been announced yet, but filming for HBO's On The Run Tour coverage will take place on September 12 and 13 at Paris' Stade de France. …

Bugatti Veyron hybrid successor rumors surface anew

If you had told us when the Bugatti Veyron debuted nine years ago that its successor would be a hybrid, we would have responded that you were out to lunch. In fact, we didn't quite believe it two years ago when the rumor first surfaced. But that was all before Porsche, McLaren and Ferrari proved …

Cadillac ATS, Mitsu Evo, New Jaguar Engines, And GTI Recalls: The Week In Reverse

Cadillac’s ATS sedan is still relatively new on the market, but it’s getting a light update for the 2015 model year. The ATS will adopt Cadillac’s …