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Frannie Kelley

Frannie Kelley appears in the following:

DJ Quik: 'Flamboyant? Every Now And Then'

Friday, January 30, 2015

After 24 years in the music business, the producer and rapper from Compton, Calif., knows what's going on. He told Microphone Check studio secrets, a Rick James story, and all about the funk.

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AraabMuzik: 'I Have So Much Music, It Doesn't Make Sense'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Rhode Island-born producer and DJ tells the story of the father/son talk he once had with Cam'ron, delineates EDM and hip-hop and calls out the whole music industry for being flaky.

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Andraé Crouch, Who Moved Gospel Into The 21st Century, Has Died

Friday, January 09, 2015

The singer and songwriter played a major role in creating a contemporary, conservative gospel sound.

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Black Milk: 'It's Not Really A Cakewalk'

Thursday, January 08, 2015

"Whatever I feel like is missing, or whatever type of track or energy I'm trying to feel or I feel like I'm not hearing in wherever music is at that period of time, I try to create it."

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When You Gotta Go: Manila Police Asked To Use Diapers During Pope's Visit

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The city's "traffic enforcers" will be on duty for up to 24 hours at a stretch during the pontiff's visit, with no time to run to the toilet.

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J. Cole: 'Ain't Enough Of Us Trying'

Friday, December 12, 2014

"I want to get whatever's on my chest off my chest when it feels right," says the rapper, who makes songs that turn the personal into the political.

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After Nut Rumpus, Macadamia Sales Rocket

Thursday, December 11, 2014

After a Korean Air executive was enraged by a steward's presentation of macadamia nuts in her first-class cabin, a large South Korean market reports an unlikely side effect.

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Rick Ross: 'It Was Just So Powerful To Me'

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"What really blowed my mind was the way it unified a room full of people," says the Miami rapper, about his earliest memories of hip-hop. "That's what we all have in common."

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First Listen: Ghostface Killah, '36 Seasons'

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A superstar cast made a real life love story — disguised as an action movie — just because.

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First Listen: Your Old Droog, 'Your Old Droog'

Sunday, November 16, 2014

If this is the first time you're hearing of somebody called Your Old Droog, don't even trip.

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Run The Jewels: 'I'm Taking This Life'

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Me and Mike have managed to find a decent way to express something symbolically that kids need to be able to say simply," says El-P. "I'm taking it over."

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Straight Out Of Chevy Chase

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

From boom bap to EDM, we look at the line between hip-hop and not, and meet a defender of the genre that makes you question... who's in and who's out.

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Dante Ross: 'We Wanted Our Own Universe'

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

He who signed De La Soul, Queen Latifah and Digital Underground sat down with his old friend Ali Shaheed Muhammad to tell stories about Tribe, ODB, Cypress Hill and everybody in between.

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T-Pain: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We asked the King of Auto-Tune if he'd grace the Tiny Desk without any embellishment or effects to show what's really made his career: his voice, and those songs.

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Outkast And Atlanta: Until They Close The Curtain

Friday, October 03, 2014

The hometown shows the duo played had a bittersweet quality because people thought it might be their last chance to see one of the most-respected and best-loved groups of all time together.

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Andre 3000: 'You Can Do Anything From Atlanta'

Friday, September 26, 2014

"The best way to represent the places where you from is be yourself, completely," says the musician and actor.

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Microphone Check Live: The Stories Of The Notorious B.I.G.

Monday, September 22, 2014

On Sunday, Sept. 14, 20 years and one day after Biggie Smalls' debut album Ready to Die was released, we gathered four of the musician's friends in Brooklyn to recall the man they knew.

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Joell Ortiz: 'I Refuse To Compromise Me'

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Brooklyn rapper spoke to Microphone Check about the music business, the old neighborhood, the kids and a theoretical campaign to be Mayor of New York City.

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KING Makes A Record Lover's Paradise Even Better

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

On a steamy morning upstairs in a record lover's paradise KING laid down a gorgeous version of one of the songs that lit up Twitter three years ago and put the trio on Prince's radar.

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Souls Of Mischief: 'It's Like Catching Lightning In A Bottle'

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Oakland group most widely known for the ageless "93 'til Infinity" has made a new concept album based on a true story. To make it, they went old school.

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