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'Waiting for change is not an option'

Thursday, June 01, 2023

The unwritten rules of rap unpacked in Louder's second season are held together by a scarcity principle that came to define the show itself. As it draws to a close, the team reflects on its mission.


'You're supposed to be somewhere doing hair and makeup'

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Since 2019, Saucy Santana has been a regular presence on the social web, producing several streaming hits. But the very qualities that set him apart threatened to hold him back.


'When I changed as a woman, my music changed'

Thursday, April 06, 2023

Like her idol Trina two decades earlier, Latto saw her creativity open up when she started rapping explicitly about sex. But with her frankness came harsh new standards to live up to.


'I'm coming to y'all with no armor'

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Rapper Doechii hoped her video "Crazy" would make a statement by presenting her nude body as a vessel of power, not sex. YouTube saw things differently.


Tory Lanez found guilty of shooting Megan Thee Stallion

Friday, December 23, 2022

The charges stem from a dispute that took place after the rappers left a pool party at Kylie Jenner's house in Los Angeles in 2020. Lanez was accused of assaulting Megan by shooting her in both feet.


NPR Music 2022 Staff Picks: Gabby Bulgarelli

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

The Louder Than A Riot producer shares her favorite albums and songs of 2022.


Megan Thee Stallion takes the stand in Tory Lanez trial, shares suicidal thoughts

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

As the key witness for the prosecution, the Houston rapper spoke for the first time in explicit detail about the night Lanez allegedly shot her in 2020.


Heat Check Roundup: redveil, Armani Caesar, Wiki and more

Thursday, October 27, 2022

In this week's Heat Check selects, prodigies past and present connect with OGs and friends, rappers stretch the limits of genre, young artists breathe new life into unmistakable samples and more.


Heat Check Roundup: Smino, Ayra Starr, Ghais Guevara and more

Thursday, October 06, 2022

This week's Heat Check selects come largely from iconoclasts who have already zeroed in on their individual aesthetics: a singsong rap soulman, an alté sensation a noise-rap radical and more.


Heat Check Roundup: Stormzy, GloRilla and Cardi B, SiR and more

Thursday, September 29, 2022

This week's Heat Check playlist gathers artists from across the spectrum: a grime king retaking his throne, Cardi B signal boosting the summer's most exciting newcomer, risers and covert stars.


Cakes Da Killa, 'Drugs Du Jour'

Monday, August 01, 2022

At the forefront of New York's house-rap scene since 2011, the introspective Cakes toes the line between bounce and thought.


Flo Milli, 'Conceited'

Thursday, June 23, 2022

The rapper's new single has a simple premise: If you don't feel Flo as much as she feels herself, you can't stay around.


Ravyn Lenae, 'M.I.A.'

Monday, April 25, 2022

R&B singer Ravyn Lenae strikes a balance between carefree and commanding.