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Monday, February 19, 2018
The groundbreaking Irish rapper discusses his debut album Dear Annie, finding his identity through music and what it's like to create out of your comfort zone.
Friday, February 16, 2018
From classic studio sessions with Puff Daddy to the tragic life lessons that inspired his long-awaited debut LP, Nipsey provides some deep-dive liner notes.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
A lawsuit won't stop the Little Homies from seeing their vision through in the latest video from Black Panther: The Album.
Friday, February 09, 2018
He helped give birth to the culture, and the catchphrase, that would become the most-consumed genre one year before his death.
Friday, December 22, 2017
Kendrick Lamar's album DAMN. has topped dozens of best of lists for 2017. NPR's hip hop critic Rodney Carmichael says that Lamar is telling the story of our time in prophetic terms.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Music mogul Russell Simmons has been accused of sexual misconduct and rape by several women. His case may have unique cultural impact because of his role as one of the founding fathers of hip hop.
Friday, October 13, 2017
On Tuesday, rapper Eminem attacked President Trump in a four minute freestyle. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to NPR's hip-hop writer Rodney Carmichael about the significance of Eminem's anti-trump rap.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Rapper Cardi B's song "Bodak Yellow" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. This marks only the second time in history that a female rapper has topped the charts unaccompanied.
Thursday, August 03, 2017
The rapper is part of an evolving appreciation of hip-hop for the Kennedy Center — and is also the youngest honoree in its history.
Friday, July 28, 2017
DAMN.'s most pop-worthy song gets a video of epic proportions
Thursday, July 27, 2017
The North St. Louis native keeps proving why blkswn is one of the best debut LPs of 2017.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The Harlem crew indulges its high-fashion lust in latest video with Playboi Carti and Quavo
Thursday, July 20, 2017
On his long-awaited major-label LP, the Chicago MC's personal pain becomes epiphany.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Directed by Matilda Finn, it's a smorgasbord of disturbing imagery.
Monday, July 17, 2017
The new song follows cryptic tweets from Chance, proclaiming he helped save the streaming service
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The new song comes in conjunction with the revealing HBO documentary The Defiant Ones, which intertwines the lives and legacies of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.
Friday, July 07, 2017
Jay-Z's firstborn gets lyrical on a 4:44 bonus track, "Blue's Freestyle / We Family."
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Ishmael Butler, aka Palaceer Lazaro, takes on a sentient persona to illuminate hip-hop's darkest corners.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
The second of two new LPs finds Ishmael Butler, a.k.a. Palaceer Lazaro, drawing out the ironies of trap's outsider aesthetic.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Republican senators are working on revisions to their health care plan. Also, Hong Kong is marking 20 years under Chinese rule, and rapper JAY-Z has a new album.