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Gig Alert: HEEMS

Monday, April 20, 2015

New York-based MC steps out with new record 'Eat Pray Thug' at Baby's All Right. 

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Rising Nigerian-Australian Hip-Hop Star Remi Splashes Onto American Scene

Monday, March 30, 2015

Australian-born to Nigerian immigrants, Remi is a rising hip-hop star. The "intelligent" tagged rapper joins us to discuss the influence that Nigerian politics is having on his work.

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Studio 360

2015 Will Be Hip-Hop's Best Year

Monday, March 30, 2015

There's so much good hip-hop in 2015 that you could forget about a bunch of it and it would still be one of the best years ever  —  and it's not even April.
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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Kendrick Lamar drops an album, pimps a butterfly, wins the internet this week. 
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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, March 13, 2015

The dinosaurs from the TV show Dinosaurs dancing to Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize" wins the internet this week.
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Yung Jake: The Rapper Behind Those Celebrity Emoji Portraits

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A mostly unknown rapper constructs elaborate celebrity portraits out of emojis. 
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Lil B's Insane MIT Lecture As Explained By His Musical Oeuvre

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

We paired quotes from rapper Lil B's lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Friday with lyrics from his own music videos.  
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How To Be Smarter About... DJ Mustard

Thursday, October 23, 2014

From Drake and 2 Chainz to Chris Brown and J-Lo, everyone wants a taste of the hip-hop producer known as DJ Mustard. Soundcheck finds out why.

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Gig Alert: Homeboy Sandman

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Queens-based rapper Homeboy Sandman brings his funny and politically engaged rap to Glasslands Thursday night. 

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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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How To Be Smarter About... Jay Z

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Let's face it: as much as we all know and love about music, everyone has at least some blind spots. In this edition of our new series, How To Be Smarter About…, Soundcheck helps you feel more knowledgeable about rapper and cultural phenomenon Jay Z.

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Summer '94: Beastie Boys' 'Ill Communication' At 20

Monday, July 14, 2014

In honor of Beastie Boys' Ill Communication turning 20 this year, and Soundcheck takes a closer look at the classic rap album and its signature single, "Sabotage," with Grantland's Amos Barshad.

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Soundcheck Smackdown: Ace Of Base; Beastie Boys' 'Ill Communication' At 20; John Fullbright Plays Live

Monday, July 14, 2014

In this episode: Mario Correa and Julia Cunningham, co-hosts of Entertainment Weekly Radio on SiriusXM, debate the merits of Ace Of Base's huge hit, “The Sign” -- the Swedish pop nugget from 1994.

Then: In May 1994, the Beastie Boys released its fourth studio album, Ill Communication, and took the country by storm on the bill of the Lollapalooza festival. Grantland staff writer Amos Barshad looks back at “Get It Together,” “Sure Shot” and the legendary Spike Jonze-directed video for “Sabotage.”

And: The Oklahoma native John Fullbright picked up a Grammy nomination a few years back for his debut album From The Ground Up. Now he’s back with a new album, simply called Songs. Hear him perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Summer '94: Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready To Die,' 20 Years Later

Friday, July 11, 2014

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of Brooklyn rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s landmark debut, Ready To Die. Soundcheck talks about the album and Big’s short-lived career with cultural critic Dream Hampton -- a friend and later, a producer of several documentary films about him.

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Russell Simmons On 30 Years Of Def Jam

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Back in the 1990s, the very building where WNYC Radio is located -- 160 Varick Street, in the so-called "Hudson Square" area of Manhattan -- was home to the offices of Def Jam Records. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Def Jam Records, the influential hip-hop label co-founded by Russell Simmons and his partner Rick Rubin. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Simmons reflects on those early years, and revisits his old Def Jam stomping grounds.

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Russell Simmons On 30 Years Of Def Jam; Summer Of '94 Quiz; San Fermin Plays At BAM

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

In this episode: Russell Simmons is the entrepreneur and entertainment mogul who co-founded Def Jam Records among a plethora of other highly successful business ventures. It’s his first visit to our studio, but not to our address: 160 Varick Street was Def Jam’s home in the mid-1990s. Simmons shares some memories from those days and reflects on 30 years of Def Jam.

Then: Take a look and listen back 20 years, to the summer of 1994, with a short quiz recorded live at Soundcheck's event at the BAM Harvey Theater as part of RadioLoveFest in June.

And: Hear the exuberant chamber pop band San Fermin perform a high energy set at BAM from RadioLoveFest.

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Girl Talk And Freeway Collaborate On 'Broken Ankles'

Monday, June 09, 2014

Girl Talk's Greg Gillis and Philadelphia rapper Freeway talk about their new collaborative EP, Broken Ankles.

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Taking on Trauma Through Music and Art

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

In his fourth studio album entitled "PTSD," Pharoahe Monch tells stories that represent painful experiences for him, but they have also made him a champion for people whose limitations and challenges have never made it into popular culture. 

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Will Dr. Dre Be Hip-Hop's First Billionaire?

Friday, May 09, 2014

According to reports, Apple is in talks to buy Beats Electronics LLC, the headphone and streaming music company owned by music legend Dr. Dre. The deal could make Dr. Dre the first billionaire in hip-hop.

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Talib Kweli's Rap With a Conscience

Friday, April 25, 2014

Talib Kweli made a name for himself in the late ‘90s as one half of the hip hop duo Black Star, with Mos Def. Since then, Kweli has carried on the tradition of socially conscious hip hop, addressing issues like police brutality and the overrepresentation of African Americans in prison ...

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