Frannie Kelley appears in the following:
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.
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.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
We couldn't fit everything into Thursday's story about the legacy of Comin Out Hard, so here are some extras, including Eightball on touring in a rental car, MJG on Eazy-E and Yo Gotti on mentorship in the Memphis rap scene.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
From the birthplace of Stax and Sun Records, and the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, the pair of rapper-producers snatched soul music and put it to work for a new generation.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
The Tennessee musicians on where they come from, their definition of trap music and relationships, both working and romantic.
Friday, December 06, 2013
We all listen to music differently. What we hear is shaded by our history, our knowledge, our equipment, our mood, our taste. But every year there are moments when everybody who lives and breathes hip-hop is on the same subject.
Monday, November 11, 2013
For a special episode of Microphone Check we invited Prince Paul, Mike Dean, Faith Newman, Stretch Armstrong and Ralph McDaniels — all working in hip-hop 20 years ago — to tell stories about a singularly productive and creative year in the culture.
Monday, November 11, 2013
The Nashville rapper and the Canadian producer crossed paths and made a private, regretful and graceful breakup song.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
In these days of dusty, overbooked festivals run rampant, a smooth-sounding, tight bill with the promise of a good-looking, down to party hometown crowd makes that cash register sing.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
The seminal producer also tells stories about Mr. Magic, Pete Rock, Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The high-minded Atlanta quartet has reunited 18 years after its debut album and seven years after Cee-Lo Green's pop smash "Crazy."
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Three black musicians — a punk bassist, an L.A. rapper and a part-time guitarist — took on a name with ugly associations to make music that can't be categorized.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Session musician Stephen Bruner has played bass in other people's bands for more than a decade. He can play metal, R&B, hip-hop, jazz. And he's been folding all that into his own music, which he puts out under the name Thundercat. Now, with his second album, he's stepping to the front of the stage.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
NPR Music editor Frannie Kelley looks back to what was happening in the world of hip hop during the summer of 1993.
Monday, July 15, 2013
The album, made by a resolutely old school musician, is heavy like concrete shoes and incantatory. The production is sanded down and the loops brief, but it's also patient. The songs themselves are reflective, and then they sink in slowly.
Monday, July 08, 2013
After more than 20 years as a performer, the New York veteran says he's enjoying the unglamorous work of building a record label.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
The producer and engineer helped create the Dirty South sound in the early '90s, and now, he says, "Me and Kanye are like a band."
Sunday, June 23, 2013
The rapper and producer spoke to Microphone Check about the pressures of competing against one of his idols, putting his own spin on classic hip-hop songs and finding songs to sample everywhere, even at the Cheesecake Factory.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
The DJ and producer spoke to Microphone Check about his fifth album and giving his childhood to hip-hop.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Terius Nash, better known as The-Dream, has written some of the most memorable recent pop hits, from Beyonce's "Single Ladies" to Rihanna's "Umbrella." But when he writes songs for himself, he makes R&B.