Frannie Kelley

Frannie Kelley appears in the following:

Khalid Is The Shooting Star Of The Playlist Era

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Perhaps no contemporary musician understands the rules of the streaming ecosystem better than the singer Khalid, who emerged as a teenager and is now one of the most listened-to artists in the world.


Can Musicians Avoid Commercial Pressure And Still Make A Living? WILLS Is Trying

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Will Johnson is a successful producer and songwriter who found himself questioning the music industry and his place in it. So this time, he's trying a business approach from the world of fine art.


What Will Mac Miller's Legacy Be?

Monday, November 05, 2018

The rapper, who died suddenly in September at 26, built a community of musicians around him that crossed boundaries. Many of those artists showed up to memorialize Miller in concert last week.


Takes One To Know One: Rapper Ugly God Speaks To (And For) Teens

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The 20-year-old started making viral videos; now, he has released his debut album. He owes his success, in part, to a social media-fueled youth culture revolution that prizes teen perspectives.


'Can't Stop, Won't Stop': Bad Boy Records Was A Generation's Soundtrack

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.


Gucci Mane Is Happy, Healthy — And Productive As Ever

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.


Gucci Mane: Tiny Desk Concert

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.


Doc McKinney: 'There's Enough Bad Music Out There'

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.


Songs We Love: WILLS, 'Woes vs. Whoas'

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.


Warren G: 'It's A Cold Game'

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.


YG: 'I'm Stepping Into My Powers'

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.


Rap Dads, Daughters And Sons: The Father's Day Episode

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.


Sophia Chang: 'Don't Ever Be Afraid Of Your Passion'

Monday, June 06, 2016

"I'm a manager. I am in the service industry. The service industry. I'm Midas f****** Muffler."


Gizzle: 'I Mean For It To Matter'

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.


OG Maco: 'I Want To Give The World A Fighting Chance'

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."


Terrace Martin: 'I Believe You Should Be Yourself'

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."


Dean Blunt: 'Every Day Is A Lifetime'

Friday, April 01, 2016

His songs make your brain briefly unbound and unwieldy. Same goes for this conversation.


First Listen: Gallant, 'Ology'

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.


What We Talk About When We Talk About 'TLOP'

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 ...


Saul Williams: 'Let's Go Further And Further Out'

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 ...