Frannie Kelley appears in the following:
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The label and its founder, Sean "Diddy" Combs, helped to shape much of what we take for granted in pop culture. The new documentary Can't Stop Won't Stop tells Bad Boy's story.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The prolific rapper and mentor recorded a song the day he got out of federal prison this May — and he's put out 10 projects this year. His secret? "Don't never drop your head," he says.
Monday, December 12, 2016
The rapper has spent the year on an extended victory tour. Here are the spoils, recorded in a stripped-down set with a minimal backing track and longtime producer Zaytoven on keys.
Monday, August 01, 2016
The producer and manager, who's worked with The Weeknd, Drake, Young Buck, Esthero and thestand4rd, is fighting the good fight.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
In his new song, the soulful dance artist (formerly known as Gordon Voidwell) expresses confusion with elegance and intensity. Watching and listening feels like eavesdropping.
Friday, July 08, 2016
The West Coast legend, one of the main instigators of G-funk, has seen the underside of the industry. It's not pretty, but he stays smooth.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The Compton rapper, who beat back the sophomore jinx with his new album Still Brazy, is questioning a world that barely ever makes sense.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Our producer, David Luke, father of David Luke III, put together this podcast, in which past guests like Danny Brown, Solange Knowles and T.I spoke about fatherhood and father figures. It's OK to cry.
Monday, June 06, 2016
"I'm a manager. I am in the service industry. The service industry. I'm Midas f****** Muffler."
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
She's the one behind the curtain of the biggest and best-loved rap and R&B songs in recent memory.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
"I don't want anybody to do exactly what I'm doing," says the Atlanta rapper. "I want people to look at why I'm doing what I'm doing. And if you agree with that, you go do what you do about it."
Friday, April 08, 2016
"My job is only to be a servant of the community, and just to inspire. That's it. That's my whole job, and I know that."
Friday, April 01, 2016
His songs make your brain briefly unbound and unwieldy. Same goes for this conversation.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
The young soul singer refuses to take sides in R&B's generational divide, so his songs all sound familiar, even when they're several things at once.
Friday, February 26, 2016
We're about 300 emails and one month in. We started with seven people and swelled to eight, though the composition of the group has changed a little bit. We're considering an 18-track album, which we've had for two weeks now, a few loose releases and guest ...
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The artist and thinker, who just released a new album that's only one part of a larger multimedia conception, takes us from the drummers of Burundi to Adam Ant, Octavia Butler to David Bowie, Rakim to Young Thug. We also hit on ageism in rap, artistry for sale and how ...
Friday, February 12, 2016
We're really trying here. We've added a number to our group, the venerable Ann Powers, and yesterday we fanned out on both coasts to put ourselves in position to receive the latest Kanye album in a handful of different circumstances. We had people watching the livestream at work ...
Friday, February 05, 2016
Crown Heights came to North Hollywood so we could talk about crossed signals on the highways between artist and industry. We also got into rap performance, being superstitious about writing, being not great about networking and this feeling: "I felt like I was too smart to do a record and ...
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Maybe we have jumped the gun. We very badly want G.O.O.D. Fridays back (we're not alone). Surprise releases are fun and everything, but the build of a month(s)-long stretch is better. We would like to talk about music together, and not only by collectively spazzing out and crashing ...
Monday, January 11, 2016
New father Freddie Gibbs spoke with Microphone Check about his inspirations, including the memoirs of Rick James and George Clinton, his business acumen, what the war in the streets is really about and, of course, Gucci.
FRANNIE KELLEY: We're really excited to talk to you after another album.
FREDDIE GIBBS: ...