ArtsBeat: Iggy Azalea Postpones Tour Until Fall

Ms. Azalea’s “Great Escape Tour,” one of the highest-profile pop tours of the season, was to have started on April 14 in Fresno, Calif.






‘Empire’ Soundtrack: Hip-Hop That’s Ambiguously Modern

The music in this Fox drama, which centers on the family behind a powerhouse record label, tries to be neither current nor dated.






Heems Talks About ‘Eat Pray Thug’

This Indian-American rapper discusses his first solo album, “Eat Pray Thug,” which touches on rap, race and dualities.

Kate Tempest, a British Triple Threat, Crosses the Pond

Ms. Tempest — whose poems, plays and recordings about struggling Londoners have been winning acclaim in her native Britain — is about to tour America.






Hip-Hop Star Bobby Shmurda, in Jail, Finds His Label Unsupportive

Ackquille Pollard, who performs as Bobby Shmurda and was signed to Epic Records, found his label would not help him after his arrest.






Hot 97, a Hip-Hop Pioneer on Radio, Reaches a Crossroads

Some recognizable names have left, while outside voices have come in. And that raises concerns about the station’s status as a top rap outlet.






Rapper, Shaped by Tumultuous German Youth, Is Designated a Global Terrorist

Denis Cuspert, a former German gang member and gangsta rapper, is now a “specially designated global terrorist” sought worldwide for his alleged promotion of the Islamic State militant group.






Side Street: At 50, a Hip-Hop Pioneer Still Has Stories to Tell

Ricky Walters, better known as the rapper Slick Rick, recalled the early days of hip-hop in the Bronx, and said today’s performers “have been broken to fit into a mold.”