Tee Grizzley Talks Chart Success and Inspiration of 'First Day Out': 'Rap Was All I Had'

Detroit native Tee Grizzley released his latest hit "First Day Out" on his debut mixtape My Moment, which arrived in April. The chart-climbing track marked the rapper's Hot 100 debut, where it currently sits at No. 67, and has also risen up the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Rap Airplay and R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts. Tee spoke with Billboard about what inspired the personal lyrics to his song, who he would love to collaborate with and more.
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“If [your song is] not on the Billboards, then it really don’t matter” - Cardi B (2017)

Kehlani's 10 Most Sweet, Sexy & Savage Deep Cuts: From Mixtape Highlights to Show-Stealing Features

This week, Kehlani looks to solidify her place in the industry with the Jan. 27 release of her highly anticipated debut studio LP, SweetSexySavage. It’s been a long journey -- met with some bumps in the road -- but the 21-year-old has proved that she’s more than capable of handling the challenge. What started as a runner-up effort with a teeny-bopper band on America’s Got Talent in 2011 quickly turned into a buzzworthy streak of two critically acclaimed mixtapes...

From Aretha Franklin to Beyonce, 50 Lyrics Celebrating Female Empowerment

What does it mean to be an empowered woman in 2017? Whether it's a punch line delivered by today's biggest powerhouses and newcomers or the gritty bars of the game-changing female MCs of hip-hop, every artist can agree that it's harder for a woman to make it in the industry while balancing everyday life. For these hip-hop and R&B entertainers, each act has delivered lyrics that challenge the notions of how women should conduct themselves in society while striving to be her own independent woman. Here are the Top 50.

Rick Ross Unveils 'Rather You Than Me' Track List, Drops New Single 'Trap Trap Trap'

Rick Ross hosts the Rick Ross and Mr. Brainwash "Rather You Than Me" Album Listening Experience on March 8, 2017 in New York City. Building up hype for the March 17 release of his ninth studio LP, Rather You Than Me, Rick Ross tweeted the project's official track list on Thursday (March 9). The album features a star-studded roster including Future, Meek Mill and Nas. Even Chris Rock -- who attended the album's listening party on Wednesday -- will make an appearance.

Lorde Releases New Song 'Liability'

A week after releasing her first Melodrama single, "Green Light," Lorde has released a new song to streaming services entitled "Liability." The slower, appropriately dramatic track shows appears to show a more confessional side of the singer-songwriter, as she sings on the chorus, "They say, 'You're a little much for me/ You're a liability.'" Lorde also announced a June 16 release date for Melodrama. Check out the LP's new piano ballad below:

Shade Blocking: Nicki Minaj's 6 Best Sunglass Looks

It's been a rollercoaster start of 2017 for the self-proclaimed "Queen of Rap," Nicki Minaj. She started out the year announcing her breakup from Meek Mill and releasing new features before engaging in an epic feud with Remy Ma. Through it all, the femcee has continued to stunt -- and stun -- on Instagram with various pairs of sunglasses. The shade-blockers she uses to ignore all the haters range from the high-end designs of Chanel to the futuristic lenses by her personal fave, Alexander McQueen.

Happy Birthday, Jhene Aiko! The Singer's 29 Most Unfiltered Lyrics

Since the start of her solo career in 2002, Jhené Aiko has been known for her raw, often autobiographical lyrics. The singer/songwriter is a fan of wordplay, unpacking what it means to have a soul (see her 2011 debut mixtape Sailing Souls and her 2014 major-label debut Souled Out) while offering her candid thoughts on sex, love, family and marijuana use. On Thursday (March 16),  Aiko celebrates her 29th birthday. To celebrate the occasion, here's a list of her 29 most unfiltered lyrics.

Rihanna's Marion Crane Finally Has Her Shower Scene In 'Bates Motel': Watch

Warning: There are spoilers from Episode 6 of Bates Motel in this post. Monday night (March 27), viewers of the fifth and final season of A&E's Bates Motel got to see the series' most high profile guest star, Rihanna, in a much more revealing light. Rihanna's guest turn as a modern-day Marion Crane (the ill-fated hotel guest in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho) marked the second episode in which the singer appeared.

Singer Drew Vision Danced for Beyonce, Modeled for Coach and is Ready for Center Stage: New Face, Fresh Style

"I always accessorize," says Drew Vision, when asked about his personal style. The New York-native, indie R&B-soul singer then proceeds to pull out three golden rings and two earrings from Topman out of his pocket. While adding the accessories to his casual ensemble of a Reason sweater hoodie, Zara jeans, and worn-in brown leather Aldo boots, the singer explains that the outfit was actually rushed last minute. Billboard Style interviewed the emerging talent.

Journey Through Sierra Leone & South London in Sampha's Emotional Short Film 'Process'

Sampha pairs a short film with his poignant debut Process. Premiering on Friday (March 31) exclusively on Apple Music, Process serves as a striking, avant-garde portrait of the British musician and his roots in Morden, South London, and Freetown, Sierra Leone. The 37-minute film -- presented by Apple and Young Turks -- combines documentary-style footage with stunning cinematic visuals of the African people in Freetown as well as the busy streets of the U.K. The British musician also makes cameo...

Remy Ma Visits NYU to Talk Overcoming Challenges & Rebuilding Her Brand After Prison Sentence

On Thursday, Remy Ma visited NYU to speak to some students about the challenges she faced in her life and how she overcame them, joining a panel of three other black female innovators -- digital marketing strategist Karen Civil, fashion blogger Claire Sulmers, and The Read podcast co-host Crissle West -- who are trailblazing and breaking boundaries in their respective media industries. The event was held by the school's Organization of Black Women (OBW), as part of their annual Women on the Move...

These Are the 10 Best Fashion Moments From Beyonce's 'B'Day Anthology Video Album'

Long before her self-titled surprise album of 2013, and its follow-up of 2016, LEMONADE, Beyoncé toyed with the concept of a visual album for her sophomore release B' Day. On Apr. 3, 2007, the superstar re-released her 2006 effort as a deluxe edition with five new tracks and a few latin songs, alongside her B' Day Anthology Video Album. The Anthology consisted of 13 music videos featuring some previously released, and a fresh set of nine new visuals recorded in...

Every Beyoncé and Jay Z Duet Ranked: Critic's Take

Every Beyoncé and Jay Z Duet Ranked: Critic's Take Although their magic number is four, Jay Z and Beyoncé are celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary Tuesday (April 4). Long before the couple became a married duo, they had an extended courtship that's resulted in some of hip-hop and R&B's best collabs. The soon-to-be parents of three first started their union with "'03 Bonnie and Clyde," setting the tone for their joint artistry. Here are all of the pair's collabs ranked from least favorite to best...

Nelly Furtado's 'The Ride' May Be the Most Slept-On Release of 2017: Critic's Take

Over the weekend at a karaoke bar in the southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a couple got up to sing Nelly Furtado and Timbaland's "Promiscuous." After they finished their sentimental moment, I turned to a friend and asked, "Did you know she just released an album at the end of last month?" "Wait... What? No way! What has Nelly Furtado been doing?" It wasn't the first time I received that type of reaction. In fact, it's been universal for the past few weeks since the pop star released her sixth studio album, The Ride.
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