Video: LeBron James Talks NBA Racism, Ferguson & Ray Rice On CNN.

With the amount of chaos going on in the world it’s always refreshing to see the views and thoughts of the ones in the spotlight as LBJ sits down with CNN  to discuss his views on racism in the NBA, as well as the Ray Rice controversy and being a family man. With Donald Sterling and Bruce Levenson’s racist comments grabbing headlines this year, the returning Cavaliers star shared his own zero-tolerance views on racism. Watch above.

Video: Denzel Washington Talks About Being In The Stu w/ Jay z.

Denzel Washington is on a promotional run these days. His new film, The Equalizer, hit theaters today, (must see) However, the Academy Award-winning actor also has a connection with music. Stopping by The Queen Latifah Show, he spoke about his musical roots, growing up with Ludacris’s dad, Wayne Bridges, and how they once entered a talent show. The highlight of the conversation, however, happened when he brought up a story when he was in the studio with Lenny Kravitz and JAY Z and offered an impeccable impersonation. watch above.

Video: Wale Makes His Way To The Breakfast Club. (interview)

Breakfast Club family member Wale returned to the Power 105 studio for a new interview. He spoke on leaving Roc Nation, the “old Wale”, upcoming new album, singles being leaked, social media trolls, Meek Mill, Mark Ronson, and more. You gotta understand this guy a little bit better after this one. Watch above.

@Bntheloop News: Beyonce Has Her Own College Course Now “The Business Of Being Beyonce”.
A new Harvard Business School study scheduled to be released next week will highlight how Beyoncé has come to “Run the World.”
Beyoncé surprised fans in December by secretly dropping her fifth studio album exclusively on iTunes, complete with 14 songs, 17 videos and no advance publicity. The superstar songstress sold more than 600,000 units in the U.S. in the first three days of launch, and somehow managed to partner with Facebook and Instagram without word surfacing early.
Elberse co-wrote the study with her former student Stacie Smith, according to the Harvard Gazette. The case will examine what it took to successfully pull off the costly campaign, as well as the obstacles that nearly hindered that success. Top executives from Beyoncé-owned Parkwood Entertainment, her label Columbia Records, Facebook and Apple have provided their insight, which students will use to decide what actions they would have taken had they been working for the star.
Elberse will be teaching the case in her course, “Strategic Marketing in Creative Industries,” early next month, and will focus on questions such as, “How will the unusual strategy affect other musicians?” Or, “What effect might the release have on Beyoncé’s relationship with companies not included in the launch?” After all, behemoth retailers Target and Amazon refused to stock the record in spite of the iTunes exclusive.

@Bntheloop News: Beyonce Has Her Own College Course Now “The Business Of Being Beyonce”.

A new Harvard Business School study scheduled to be released next week will highlight how Beyoncé has come to “Run the World.”

Beyoncé surprised fans in December by secretly dropping her fifth studio album exclusively on iTunes, complete with 14 songs, 17 videos and no advance publicity. The superstar songstress sold more than 600,000 units in the U.S. in the first three days of launch, and somehow managed to partner with Facebook and Instagram without word surfacing early.

Elberse co-wrote the study with her former student Stacie Smith, according to the Harvard Gazette. The case will examine what it took to successfully pull off the costly campaign, as well as the obstacles that nearly hindered that success. Top executives from Beyoncé-owned Parkwood Entertainment, her label Columbia Records, Facebook and Apple have provided their insight, which students will use to decide what actions they would have taken had they been working for the star.

Elberse will be teaching the case in her course, “Strategic Marketing in Creative Industries,” early next month, and will focus on questions such as, “How will the unusual strategy affect other musicians?” Or, “What effect might the release have on Beyoncé’s relationship with companies not included in the launch?” After all, behemoth retailers Target and Amazon refused to stock the record in spite of the iTunes exclusive.

@Bntheloop News: Andre 3000 Jumps On The Cover Of Billboard Magazine.
Andre 3000 covers the latest issue of Billboard and talks of how he returned to the spotlight for the first time in seven years, with OutKast‘s high-profile reunion tour. Also discussed: his starring role as Jimi Hendrix in biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side. The story finds him in limbo: On one hand, he continues to lay down sought-after guest verses, worth at least $100,000 each. On the flip side, he doesn’t feel that he can top the music he created starting 20 years ago and up until OutKast’s last album, 2007′s Idlewild.
Full cover story on Andre 3000 at here: Billboard.

@Bntheloop News: Andre 3000 Jumps On The Cover Of Billboard Magazine.

Andre 3000 covers the latest issue of Billboard and talks of how he returned to the spotlight for the first time in seven years, with OutKast‘s high-profile reunion tour. Also discussed: his starring role as Jimi Hendrix in biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side. The story finds him in limbo: On one hand, he continues to lay down sought-after guest verses, worth at least $100,000 each. On the flip side, he doesn’t feel that he can top the music he created starting 20 years ago and up until OutKast’s last album, 2007′s Idlewild.

Full cover story on Andre 3000 at here: Billboard.

Video: New Kendrick Lamar Freestyle On Power 106′s Big Boy’s Neighborhood.

Kendrick Lamar head back over to his Uncle house Big Boy on Power 106 “Big Boy’s Neighborhood”. According to Kendrick he’s got about 7 songs he’s 100% on, and the rest is up in the air, but judging by his attention to detail on his debut, we’ll probably have nothing to worry about. In addition to that, Kendrick rips a freestyle over a few iconic beats, before Big Boy comes with his hilarious–and pretty dope–rebuttal. watch after the jump.

Video: Dej Loaf Premieres “Try Me” + “We Good”. (official)

Owning a plethora of legit,solid co-signs from your favorite mainstream artist & one hell of an artistry Lil Dej from D-town is Good. Pretty much one of the hottest commodities in rap at the moment Dej is working and shaking that “One Hit Wonder” curse we’ve all known well (*cough bobby shum..*cough). Today IBGM solider drops 2 videos for us “Try me” which is the hottest independent rap record right now & “We good” a new joint. She’s no stranger to Bentheloop.com. Get hip & watch above.

Video: Visto - Everything Gorgeous. (official)

Claiming DC as his stopping ground Hippie Life Krew’s repper keeps our attention. Staying steady with the success of his single “Shinobi” he drops his latest visual “Everything Gorgeous” on the world. Staying true to his b-rolls & flows Visto is spreading through the east coast like the plague, won’t be soon till you catch it. Watch above. 

@Bntheloop Scoop: Forbes Reveals 2014 Hip-Hop’s Cash Kings Top 20 List.
Forbes announced the Cash Kings 2014 — the list of the highest-paid hip-hop artists of the year this morning, and you can probably make an educated guess who’s top dog.You shouldn’t be surprised that Dr.Dre is #1 on the list. The artist with the least amount of actual music, Dr. Dre. Makes sense right, the REAL money is in tech! See full list below:

1. Dr. Dre — $620 million2. Jay Z — $60 million2. Diddy — $60 million4. Drake — $33 million5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — $32 million6. Kanye West — $30 million7. Birdman — $24 million8. Lil Wayne — $23 million9. Pharrell Williams — $22 million10. Eminem — $18 million11. Nicki Minaj — $14 million12. Wiz Khalifa — $13 million13. Pitbull — $12 million14. Snoop Dogg — $10 million15. Kendrick Lamar — $9 million16. Ludacris — $8 million16. Tech N9ne — $8 million16. Swizz Beatz — $8 million16. 50 Cent — $8 million20. Rick Ross — $7 million20. J. Cole — $7 million20. DJ Khaled — $7 million20. Lil Jon — $7 million20. Mac Miller — $7 million

@Bntheloop Scoop: Forbes Reveals 2014 Hip-Hop’s Cash Kings Top 20 List.

Forbes announced the Cash Kings 2014 — the list of the highest-paid hip-hop artists of the year this morning, and you can probably make an educated guess who’s top dog.You shouldn’t be surprised that Dr.Dre is #1 on the list. The artist with the least amount of actual music, Dr. Dre. Makes sense right, the REAL money is in tech! See full list below:

1. Dr. Dre — $620 million
2. Jay Z — $60 million
2. Diddy — $60 million
4. Drake — $33 million
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — $32 million
6. Kanye West — $30 million
7. Birdman — $24 million
8. Lil Wayne — $23 million
9. Pharrell Williams — $22 million
10. Eminem — $18 million
11. Nicki Minaj — $14 million
12. Wiz Khalifa — $13 million
13. Pitbull — $12 million
14. Snoop Dogg — $10 million
15. Kendrick Lamar — $9 million
16. Ludacris — $8 million
16. Tech N9ne — $8 million
16. Swizz Beatz — $8 million
16. 50 Cent — $8 million
20. Rick Ross — $7 million
20. J. Cole — $7 million
20. DJ Khaled — $7 million
20. Lil Jon — $7 million
20. Mac Miller — $7 million

Video: K.dot Stops Pass Power 106 Talking “Control” Verse + New “I” Single.

Shortly after dropping his new single “i” on the world, Kendrick Lamar stopped by Big Boy’s neighborhood on Power 106 L.A. this morning. With a new doo and more we get a small snippet of the interview waiting on a full interview. K. Dot reflecting on the impact of his “Control” verse one year later, and how it did (or didn’t) affect his relationship with J. Cole and Drake. Read quotes below of K.dot dissecting his new “I” single:

New Music: Snootie Wild feat. Jeremih x Lil Boosie x K Camp - Made Me.
With #GoMode hitting the streets today, Snootie keeps the stove lit with a remix to his already radio hit. Lil Boosie & Jeremih adding there own verse on to the heater. Expect a promo run to get started very soon for the CMG artist. Starting this thursday In Baltimore,Md at Coppin States University. Be there! Go Mode is available now on iTunes. Stream “Made Me” remix below.

New Music: Snootie Wild feat. Jeremih x Lil Boosie x K Camp - Made Me.

With #GoMode hitting the streets today, Snootie keeps the stove lit with a remix to his already radio hit. Lil Boosie & Jeremih adding there own verse on to the heater. Expect a promo run to get started very soon for the CMG artist. Starting this thursday In Baltimore,Md at Coppin States University. Be there! Go Mode is available now on iTunes. Stream “Made Me” remix below.

New Mix: Hudson Mohawke Spins New Mix Featuring Kanye West, iLoveMakonnen, Madlib, Chynna Rogers + More.
Starting the week off right, Making a stop pass Diplo's BBC Radio 1 show Diplo and Friends and brought along an hour-long guest mix. Hudmo sparks off an ridiculous,energetic 60-minute piece contains collaboration with Action Bronson select tracks from iLoveMakonnen, Madlib, Roc Marciano, Clipse,Chynna Rogers, TNGHT’s Kanye West remix, and some more. Listen below.

New Mix: Hudson Mohawke Spins New Mix Featuring Kanye West, iLoveMakonnen, Madlib, Chynna Rogers + More.

Starting the week off right, Making a stop pass Diplo's BBC Radio 1 show Diplo and Friends and brought along an hour-long guest mix. Hudmo sparks off an ridiculous,energetic 60-minute piece contains collaboration with Action Bronson select tracks from iLoveMakonnen, Madlib, Roc Marciano, Clipse,Chynna Rogers, TNGHT’s Kanye West remix, and some more. Listen below.

New Music: Azealia Banks - Chasing Time.
Ms.Banks flexes her vocal cords a little with her most recent record crowned “Chasing Time”. Following her last single "Heavy Metal and Reflective," Azealia Banks has unleashed her new single, “Chasing Time.” In contrast to her previous tune, “Chasing Time” shows the Harlem native from a more sensitive side with that upbeat,house tempo. Most liekly this will end up on her upcoming debut Broke With Expensive Taste. Hear it below.

New Music: Azealia Banks - Chasing Time.

Ms.Banks flexes her vocal cords a little with her most recent record crowned “Chasing Time”. Following her last single "Heavy Metal and Reflective," Azealia Banks has unleashed her new single, “Chasing Time.” In contrast to her previous tune, “Chasing Time” shows the Harlem native from a more sensitive side with that upbeat,house tempo. Most liekly this will end up on her upcoming debut Broke With Expensive Taste. Hear it below.

Video: The Weeknd Kicks Off His “King Of Fall” Tour In Brooklyn.
With Party selling out his first Us tour in a matter of hours, we knew that Abel’s King Of Fall tour wasn’t far from beginning. In Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night. The Toronto native received assistance through opening performances from Jhené Aiko and ScHoolboy Q. While the LA songstress offered live renditions from recently-released Souled Out, Groovy Q turned in hits like “Man of the Year,” “Studio,” and more. As the show’s highlight, Abel Tesfaye blessed the audience with a string of his hits. Below, you can check out fan-captured footage of the sequences where he performed his remix of Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love,” and “Twenty Eight,” off of his 2012 album Trilogy. Watch footage below.

Video: The Weeknd Kicks Off His “King Of Fall” Tour In Brooklyn.

With Party selling out his first Us tour in a matter of hours, we knew that Abel’s King Of Fall tour wasn’t far from beginning. In Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night. The Toronto native received assistance through opening performances from Jhené Aiko and ScHoolboy Q. While the LA songstress offered live renditions from recently-released Souled Out, Groovy Q turned in hits like “Man of the Year,” “Studio,” and more. As the show’s highlight, Abel Tesfaye blessed the audience with a string of his hits. Below, you can check out fan-captured footage of the sequences where he performed his remix of Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love,” and “Twenty Eight,” off of his 2012 album Trilogy. Watch footage below.

Video: Kanye West Makes Surprise Performance At “AHHH Festival” In Chicago.

Few days ago marked the first ever, annual AAHH! Festival that was put together by Common to deliver positivity within the city through music. The event played host to a number of local performers along with some of Chicago’s more established such as Lupe Fiasco, Jennifer Hudson, Common and the biggest surprise of the night, Kanye West. Always G.o.o.d. to see Ye’ have fun performing old hits. Watch above & below.