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Busta Rhymes On 'Extinction Level Event 2' And Hip-Hop As A Daily Practice

Monday, November 23, 2020

The latest in a prolific career, Busta's new album is a sequel — delivered 22 years after the first Extinction Level Event — and a characteristically big, ambitious project.


Play It Forward: Thundercat Eases Loneliness With Trippy Music

Thursday, November 19, 2020

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Thundercat about his latest album, It Is What It Is, the importance of laughter and the artist he's grateful for, Louis Cole.


Play It Forward: The Multiplicity Of Mia Doi Todd

Thursday, November 12, 2020

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd about displacement, her forthcoming album and the artist she is grateful for: Thundercat.


Adrianne Lenker On Carving Out Space To Recover

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The Big Thief singer and guitarist holed up in the mountains of Western Massachusetts to record not one, but two albums, simply titled songs and instrumentals.


Play It Forward: Laraaji Loves To Laugh

Thursday, November 05, 2020

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with American multi-instrumentalist and meditation expert Laraaji about laughter meditation, his latest album Sun Piano and the artist he is grateful for: Mia Doi Todd.


Play It Forward: Nick Hakim Finds Humor In Darkness

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Brooklyn-based musician Nick Hakim about creating little worlds with music and the artist he is grateful for: Laraaji.


Alicia Keys Wants You To Know You're Doing Great

Friday, September 18, 2020

Keys speaks with Audie Cornish about delivering her seventh album, Alicia, during the pandemic, and the strange new resonance of songs written before anyone knew what this year would be like.


Play It Foward: Lianne La Havas Expresses Her Gratitude For Nick Hakim

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with British singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas about her music and the artist she is thankful for, Nick Hakim.


Play It Forward: Kae Tempest Watches The World Vibrate

Monday, August 17, 2020

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with British rapper, poet and spoken word artist Kae Tempest about their ability to empathize and find hope amid darkness and an artist they are grateful for: Lianne La Havas.


Play It Forward: Indigo Girls' Amy Ray And Emily Saliers On Their 45-Year Kinship

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A new season Ari Shapiro's musical chain of gratitude, Play It Forward, begins with Indigo Girls' Amy Ray and Emily Saliers talking about their lifelong bond and the poetic flair of Kae Tempest.


Play It Forward: Mala Sees The Space Between The Notes

Friday, July 17, 2020

In the finale of the first season of Play It Forward, Ari Shapiro speaks to dubstep pioneer Mala about minimalism, freedom and an artist he was inspired by, the late Augustus Pablo.


Play It Forward: James Blake On Playing His Biggest Shows Ever, From His Living Room

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Ari Shapiro speaks with Blake about playing virtual concerts for thousands of fans, and finding his voice early on by studying the music of British producer Mala.


RMR, Pre-Fabulous Breakout Of The Year, Is Nothing But Smiles

Saturday, June 13, 2020

The anonymized, countryfied singer-rapper came barreling into the mainstream in February, seemingly out of thin air.


Play It Forward: Lakecia Benjamin Sings Through Her Saxophone

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Ari Shapiro talks to jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin about her new album Pursuance: The Coltranes and an artist she is grateful for: James Blake.


D.C. Protesters Hail The Hero Of Swann St., Who Sheltered Them From Arrest

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

"They unleashed sheer hell on peaceful protesters right outside my stoop," says Washington, D.C., resident Rahul Dubey.


Play It Forward: Georgia Anne Muldrow On Building Worlds Through Music

Thursday, May 07, 2020

In the fourth episode of Play It Forward, Ari Shapiro speaks with R&B polymath Georgia Anne Muldrow about how music has served her during the pandemic and the sprawling soul-jazz of Lakecia Benjamin.


Play It Forward: Bernice's Robin Dann On Writing Music With A Sense Of Surprise

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

In the third episode of Play It Forward, Ari Shapiro interviews Robin Dann of the Canadian band, Bernice. She talks about redefining success and how the freedom of jazz informs her music.


From The Urgent To The Absurd, Musicians Take On The Coronavirus Through Song

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Many musicians canceled tours and delayed album releases due to the pandemic. But some are now using home recording setups and streaming services to write and publish songs about the coronavirus.


Play It Forward: Glenn Copeland On Patience, Positivity And The Band Bernice

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Glenn Copeland, whose ambient and electronic recordings were largely unknown for decades, talks about his late career reemergence, the power of positive thinking and the Canadian band Bernice.


Caribou On 'Suddenly' And The Inspirational Beauty Of Glenn Copeland

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

In the inaugural segment of Play It Forward, Ari Shapiro speaks with Dan Snaith, who records under the name Caribou, about his new album Suddenly and the inspiration he found in Glenn Copeland.