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Songs We Love: Don Trip, 'White House'

Monday, May 04, 2015

The Memphis trap rapper's new song is both an indictment of a neglectful political system and an expression of frustration and rage.

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Amber London: 'I'ma Show You How It's Done'

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Texas rapper's experiences as, at once, a member of an all-girl posse, the only woman in the room and a person strangers underestimate are fundamental to her formidable style.

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Waka Flocka Flame Is Hiring

Friday, April 24, 2015

The rapper isn't using a headhunter. He's interviewing applicants — for the position of fulltime blunt roller — himself.

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In Compton, Boogie Just Wants To Empower His Neighborhood

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The rapper's son has changed Boogie's outlook on life: "I need to show him that he can be strong where he at and make a difference in this world."

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Soundcheck

The Soundcheck Stream: Women On The Edge

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Soundcheck and special curators assemble more than 12 hours of music from women who influenced and are currently shaping our world.
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Heems: 'If Someone's Got To Do It, It Should Be Me'

Monday, April 13, 2015

"It's when you step out of the community that you get to look at it through a lens where you might be able to help," says the Queens rapper. "But then you're so far out of it, how do you get back in?"

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First Listen: The Alchemist & Oh No, 'Welcome To Los Santos'

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sprawling over 14 songs and two dozen vocal acts, Welcome To Los Santos still holds together as a diverse, modern West Coast rap album, complete with heavy rock, electro and funk influences.

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Your Song Of The Week: Kendrick Lamar's 'King Kunta'

Friday, April 10, 2015

This week we're introducing a mini-podcast from All Songs Considered for conversations about news, songs, musicians that have captured our imagination.

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Soundcheck

Young Fathers: Status Quo Challenging Scottish Hip-Hop

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The Mercury Prize-winning hip-hop group performs songs from its just-released new album, White Men Are Black Men Too, in the Soundcheck studio.

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All Things Considered

Little Simz Keeps Her Eye On The Throne

Friday, April 03, 2015

At 21, English rapper Little Simz knows she's destined for big things. Then again, she always did. "Sometimes I look into the audience and I see people singing my lyrics like they wrote it," she says.

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For Mick Jenkins, Water Is A Way Of Life

Thursday, March 26, 2015

At SXSW, when a good portion of the crowd is likely drinking cheap beer, it's important to stay healthy in the heat. The Chicago hip-hop artist wants you to stay hydrated. No, really.

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Morning Edition

Earl Sweatshirt: 'I'm Grown'

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"This is the first thing that I've said that I fully stand behind," the 21-year-old rapper says of his new album. "I've never been this transparent with myself or with music."

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Boogie, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Compton rapper's set was made up of personal songs that built with increasing intensity. There was no affect — all legitimacy and promise.

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All Things Considered

'To Pimp A Butterfly' Aspires To Be Music's Great American Novel

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited new album dropped late Sunday night, nine days early. On it, the rapper wades into our current moment of peril around race, inequality and brutality.

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ASAP Ferg: 'I Want This Moment To Last Forever'

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The pillar of New York's ASAP Mob speaks about his aesthetic choices, the way he imagines our far off future and what he's learned from Missy Elliott.

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Morning Edition

'We Knew Things Were Different For Us': Heems On Rap, Race And Identity

Friday, March 13, 2015

Born in New York to Indian parents, Heems watched the Sept. 11 attacks from his high school. The Das Racist rapper's new album explores how life changed, for himself and his community, after that day.

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Assassin: Rap's Best Kept Secret Weapon

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Call it weaponized wordplay. When rappers want to make a statement, they call this Jamaican dancehall star — but they don't call his name.

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Leila Steinberg: 'With Earl, It's A Journey'

Monday, March 09, 2015

Steinberg began managing Tupac Shakur in the late '80s and stepped away from that role in 1993. She didn't manage another musician for almost 20 years, until she started working with Earl Sweatshirt.

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KEXP Presents: THEESatisfaction

Monday, March 09, 2015

Transcend space and time as the soulful, psychedelic hip-hop duo performs "Recognition."

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Big Sean: 'I Stuck With My Gut'

Monday, March 02, 2015

"I made a promise to myself," says the Detroit rapper. "I would never ever not follow my heart again. That way if I rise or fall, sink or swim, it's by my own choice and my own decisions."

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