Frannie Kelley

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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.


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.


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.


Rap From Memphis: The Outtakes

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.


Eightball, MJG And Memphis Rap 20 Years On

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.


Starlito And Don Trip: Writers First, Rappers Second

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Tennessee musicians on where they come from, their definition of trap music and relationships, both working and romantic.


What We Talked About When We Talked About Hip-Hop In 2013

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.


Eight Million Stories: Hip-Hop In 1993

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.


New Song: Starlito And Ryan Hemsworth, 'Can't Get Over You'

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Nashville rapper and the Canadian producer crossed paths and made a private, regretful and graceful breakup song.


Where Rock The Bells Fails, Drake's Tour Succeeds

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.


Marley Marl On The Bridge Wars, LL Cool J And Discovering Sampling

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The seminal producer also tells stories about Mr. Magic, Pete Rock, Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie.


Goodie Mob On Hip-Hop Made By And For Adults

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."


The White Mandingos: Music That Defies Definition

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.


Thundercat On Making Music Outside The Lines

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.


Summer Of '93: Hip Hop Before Wu-Tang

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. 

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First Listen: Ka, 'The Night's Gambit'

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.


Prodigy On Mobb Deep's Early Days And Protecting His Success

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.


Mike Dean On Working With Selena, Scarface And Kanye

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."