Frannie Kelley

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For Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler, Musical Innovation Is A Family Legacy

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Once part of Digable Planets, Butler continues to be a hip-hop innovator. He stays connected to new music through his son Jazz, who records as Lil Tracy.


Chicago Rapper G Herbo Pivots To Vulnerability — And Scores A Hit

Thursday, April 02, 2020

G Herbo came up in Chicago's drill scene — a style of music praised for its lack of affect and criticized for its portrayal of violence. But on his new album PTSD, he drops the mask and cries.


On 'Standards Vol. 1,' Rafiq Bhatia Questions The Act Of Reinterpretation

Monday, February 10, 2020

With his four-song EP, Rafiq Bhatia is putting a new spin on jazz standards and, in a way, posing the question, "What is a standard?"


Griselda Set Out To Be Your Favorite Rapper's Favorite Rappers. It's Paying Off

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Buffalo, N.Y. trio sounds more like '90s street rap than modern hitmakers, but has found its way to success anyway: business co-signs from Jay-Z and Eminem and, this month, its major label debut.


In The 2010s, Music Fans Asserted Their Power, But The Industry Caught On

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Music fans would seem to have gained a lot of power over the past decade. Their online fury has silenced those who would dare to criticize their faves. But the music industry has caught on.


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."