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Veeze is just like us — except he's one of the best rappers alive

Monday, July 10, 2023

For years, the relatable Michigan rapper's lore was missing a crucial component: an album. In the lead up to its release, he talked leak culture, becoming a talk-show host and his idea of taste.


'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.


'Thugs don't dance'

Thursday, May 04, 2023

In 2016, a rift between hitmakers showed the limits of rap's tolerance for rule-breakers. As Mark Anthony Neal explains, "authentic" Black masculinity has always been a moving target in hip-hop.


'You gotta fight and fight and fight for your legacy'

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Not everyone who was part of rap's ascent gets included in its story. MC Sha-Rock, of the original Funky 4 and the Funky 4 + 1, reaffirms her role in hip-hop's formative years as the first woman MC.


The extremely online psychedelia of brakence

Friday, February 03, 2023

Already a quiet influence on the hyperpop scene, fame, relationships, stimulants and screens collide in brakence's "realer-than-real" sound.


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: Alex Vaughn, UnoTheActivist, Jeshi and more

Thursday, October 13, 2022

This week's Heat Check selects feature an R&B newbie enlisting a legend, a spaced-out rapper deciding to go it alone, artists from Compton, London and Nigeria refusing complacency and more.


Lil Yachty, 'Poland'

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

LIL YACHTY: "You recording?"
F1LTHY: "What the hell was that??"
ENGINEER: "Do you wanna try that again?"
LIL YACHTY: "Nah trust me."


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.


Reporting on your colleagues' murders changes how you work

Thursday, January 27, 2022

The murder of two journalists in Tijuana in less than a week has shocked reporters there and sparked outrage nationwide.


Journalist killings in Mexico raise concerns among colleagues

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Three journalist have been killed in Mexico this year, two of them occurring in Tijuana. NPR's Asma Khalid talks with 'Tijuana Press' editor Vicente Calderón about the city's pattern of violence.


Remembering trailblazing fashion designer Thierry Mugler, dead at 73

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

French fashion designer Thierry Mugler reshaped the fashion world, centering wildly inventive concepts and creating space for queer voices. On Sunday, he died at the age of 73.


A prehistoric eruption has helped recalibrate our timeline of human origins in Africa

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Some of the oldest human remains ever unearthed are the Omo 1 bones found in Ethiopia. For decades, their precise age has been debated, but a new study may have the answer.


Disability rights advocates meet with CDC director Walensky

Friday, January 14, 2022

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Matthew Cortland, senior fellow at Data For Progress, who was present at Friday's meeting between disability rights advocates and CDC director Rochelle Walensky.


Scientists determine age of some of the oldest human bones

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Some of the oldest human remains ever unearthed are the Omo One bones found in Ethiopia. For decades, their precise age has been debated, but a new study argues they're around 233,000 years old.


Americans didn't count down the new year until the 1970s

Friday, December 31, 2021

Looking back, countdowns weren't always good news. Think atomic bomb tests. Americans also counted down moon missions and Top 40 hits. It wasn't until 1979 that a Times Square crowd joined in.


Why we count down on New Year's Eve (and why it wasn't always the case)

Friday, December 31, 2021

These days, a New Year's Eve celebration doesn't feel complete without one thing: a countdown. But that ritual to ring in the new year isn't as old as you might think.


How Dan Bongino is building a right-wing media empire on his own terms

Thursday, December 30, 2021

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Evan Osnos of The New Yorker about radio host Dan Bongino, who calls masks "face diapers," opposes vaccine mandates and says the 2016 and 2020 elections were rigged.


Logic's song '1-800-273-8255' may have led to hundreds of fewer suicides, study finds

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

In 2017, the rapper Logic named a song after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number. A new study has found it may have had a remarkable impact.