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Frannie Kelley

Frannie Kelley appears in the following:

YG: 'I Gave Y'All What I Seen'

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Los Angeles rapper tells Microphone Check the true stories behind his debut album and the rise of his partner, DJ Mustard.

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Essence: Songs From America's Biggest R&B Festival

Thursday, July 03, 2014

As the Essence Music Festival kicks off in New Orleans, we offer a non-stop stream playlist of songs by musicians who have played the festival during its 20 year run.

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Pete Rock: 'Real Could Be Another Word For Original'

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

"I met James Brown as a kid. I was seven years old," says the renowned producer. "I wasn't the same since."

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The Rhythm That's A Way Of Living

Friday, June 20, 2014

The guaguanco is one of three rhythmic patterns that live under the umbrella of the rumba. It was once subversive and now serves to bring drummers and singers and dancers together.

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Stephanie Kwolek, Chemist Who Created Kevlar, Dies At 90

Friday, June 20, 2014

Kwolek, a DuPont scientist, invented the remarkable fibers — lightweight, flexible and five times stronger than steel — that are used around the world in bulletproof body armor.

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Ab-Soul: 'It's A Lot'

Friday, June 20, 2014

The most philosophical member of Top Dawg Entertainment in a Microphone Check conversation about Ab's high expectations of his audience and what he's trying to make for them.

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Rhythm Section: Spending A Week Trying To Catch The Beat

Monday, June 16, 2014

A series of stories about trying to listen better to the rhythms around us — in music, in speech, in our surroundings and in our own bodies.

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Sound Off: Where The Military's Rhythm Came From

Monday, June 16, 2014

In almost every Hollywood depiction of the American military, at some point a bunch of guys will jog past the camera, singing and stepping in unison. That rhythm infiltrated the Army in 1944.

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Mannie Fresh DJ Set: 'We Bounced Everything'

Thursday, May 29, 2014

At the close of Microphone Check's onstage conversation with the producer and DJ, he took to the decks to demonstrate what he meant when he said, "When I want you to understand something, I remix it."

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D'Angelo: 'I'm Trying To Go Deep'

Friday, May 23, 2014

In a conversation with author Nelson George at the Brooklyn Museum, the elusive singer and songwriter spoke on his idols, his process and his teenage years, and hinted at a new album.

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Inside The XXL Freshmen Issue

Saturday, May 10, 2014

This week the hip-hop magazine revealed its annual cover highlighting new acts, which prompted the usual avalanche of debate over the artists featured, those absent and the state of the genre.

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Freddie Gibbs: 'I Think I'm The Best Rapper'

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The rapper from Gary, Ind., moved to L.A. 10 years ago, where he met Madlib, a producer revered for his collaborations. The two of them have now made an album Gibbs thinks can't be touched.

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'Illmatic': The Making Of A Classic

Thursday, May 01, 2014

This summer Nas is traveling the world performing his debut album in full. The crowds that are coming out to see him are turning up because the 20-year-old record is an acknowledged classic.

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Minya Oh: 'I Was Never Gonna Not Want To Listen To This'

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Then an intern, Oh gave Illmatic the highest rating in The Source magazine, marking it a classic. Today she's Miss Info and she talks about her review and making LL Cool J cry.

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Nas: 'I'm Still Charged' 20 Years After 'Illmatic'

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The maker of a hip-hop classic on his audience, the next generation and how his anniversary is inspiring a new album.

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Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

Monday, April 14, 2014

The rap duo OutKast launched what may be its farewell tour over the weekend at Coachella, but the group and its fans, who have waited a decade for the reunion, might not have the same expectations.

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E-40: 'I'm On The West Coast, Eating'

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The Bay Area legend is widely known for creating slang, flouting the rules and knowing everybody from everywhere. He speaks about his long career, Master P, Lil Jon, T-Pain, Tupac and Too Short.

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Straight Outta Chevy Chase

Tuesday, April 01, 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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ScHoolboy Q: 'I Call Myself All-American'

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The 27-year-old Los Angeles rapper has done it all and, like the rest of us, knows he's not perfect. In a Microphone Check interview, he's thoughtful about his past and his new album, Oxymoron.

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First Listen Live: ScHoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron'

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Watch the Los Angeles rapper perform a loose-limbed, spontaneous and unpretentious set, including a singalong for surprise guest Ab-Soul at New York's Le Poisson Rouge on Feb. 23.

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