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Rick Ross: 'It Was Just So Powerful To Me'

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"What really blowed my mind was the way it unified a room full of people," says the Miami rapper, about his earliest memories of hip-hop. "That's what we all have in common."

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All Things Considered

Cornell To Digitize A Rich Hip-Hop Archive

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The founding publicity director of Def Jam Records, Bill Adler, amassed a highly valuable collection of music, writing and images.

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All Things Considered

Wu-Tang's Fabulous Fabulist Returns

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Ghostface Killah's new 36 Seasons is a concept album with a big cast. It stars his Tony Starks alter ego in dense action scenes.

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Young Fathers: The Surprise Winners Of The Mercury Prize Offer A Surprise Track

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The surprise winners of the U.K.'s prestigious Mercury Prize offer a surprise track that may or may not hint at the sound of new music to come.
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First Listen: PRhyme, 'PRhyme'

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The collaborative project made by rapper Royce Da 5' 9" and producer DJ Premier is in actual fact a hardcore rap fan's dream come true.

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First Listen: Ghostface Killah, '36 Seasons'

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A superstar cast made a real life love story — disguised as an action movie — just because.

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All Things Considered

Killer Mike: 'Rap Has Given Me Voice'

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Atlanta rapper — and one half of rap group Run The Jewels — wants his songs to confront heavy everyday issues with empathy: "I think our regular lives are amazing, beautiful things."

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First Listen: Your Old Droog, 'Your Old Droog'

Sunday, November 16, 2014

If this is the first time you're hearing of somebody called Your Old Droog, don't even trip.

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All Things Considered

T-Pain Rises Above The Haters

Thursday, November 13, 2014

After initial success, the 30-year-old singer and songwriter, known for his Auto-Tuned hits, became a target for derision. It took time but now he's made it clear: "I'm not fake."

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Run The Jewels: 'I'm Taking This Life'

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Me and Mike have managed to find a decent way to express something symbolically that kids need to be able to say simply," says El-P. "I'm taking it over."

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Why The Caged Bird Raps

Monday, November 10, 2014

Caged Bird Songs pairs some of the late Maya Angelou's poems and lyrics to hip-hop beats — but producer Shawn Rivera says the rhythms were already there.

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A Rational Conversation: The 20-Year-Old Album That's MF DOOM's Missing Link

Thursday, November 06, 2014

New information on an album shelved back in 1994 has become fodder for even more discussions of the shadowy rapper — some focused on his murky origins and others about his plausible impact.

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Dante Ross: 'We Wanted Our Own Universe'

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

He who signed De La Soul, Queen Latifah and Digital Underground sat down with his old friend Ali Shaheed Muhammad to tell stories about Tribe, ODB, Cypress Hill and everybody in between.

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First Listen: Big K.R.I.T., 'Cadillactica'

Sunday, November 02, 2014

K.R.I.T. raps about what many rappers probably want to discuss (spirituality, discrimination, insecurity) but are afraid to. This strain of authenticity has cemented his place in the hearts of fans.

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Morning Edition

What Is It About Kendrick Lamar?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In two years since releasing his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Lamar has moved into hip-hop's spotlight full time. Microphone Check's Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad explain why.

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Soundcheck

In A World... With Lake Bell; Tumi Molekane Performs Live; That Was A Hit?!? On Prince's 'Batdance'

Friday, October 10, 2014

Actress Lake Bell talks about her directorial debut, In A World. South African rapper Tumi Molekane plays in the Soundcheck studio. Looking back at Prince's song from Batman.

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Tumi Molekane: Socially Conscious South African Hip Hop

Thursday, October 09, 2014

South African rapper and poet, Tumi Molekane plays songs off of his new album Rob The Church in the Soundcheck studio.

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All Things Considered

Outkast And Atlanta: Until They Close The Curtain

Friday, October 03, 2014

The hometown shows the duo played had a bittersweet quality because people thought it might be their last chance to see one of the most-respected and best-loved groups of all time together.

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Andre 3000: 'You Can Do Anything From Atlanta'

Friday, September 26, 2014

"The best way to represent the places where you from is be yourself, completely," says the musician and actor.

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Microphone Check Live: The Stories Of The Notorious B.I.G.

Monday, September 22, 2014

On Sunday, Sept. 14, 20 years and one day after Biggie Smalls' debut album Ready to Die was released, we gathered four of the musician's friends in Brooklyn to recall the man they knew.

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