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Thursday, April 30, 2020
NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael breaks down what he learned making The Formula, a video series in which five of hip-hop's best producers discuss the alchemy of sampling.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Rikers Island jail in New York City is currently in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak. Inmate Daryl Campbell is currently under quarantine and shares his experience.
Monday, February 10, 2020
At 25, she mixes the bluesy melisma of Nina Simone and the deep register of Sarah Vaughan — two of her influences — with songwriting as devastating as her delivery.
Monday, January 27, 2020
In a ceremony that front-loaded performances by women and black artists, mixed messages sparked both cynicism and cautious hope.
Monday, January 06, 2020
NPR Music's Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael discuss albums they're looking forward to, as well as the artists they're begging to come back.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
A lot of the rap that felt worth listening to in 2019 was hard to listen to — full of sonic dissonance and emotional distance, and pregnant with a particularly black depiction of dystopia.
Thursday, December 05, 2019
The godfather of 21st century soul electrified NPR's Tiny Desk Fest audience, with a little help from rising R&B star Lucky Daye.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
A nomadic storyteller with a cross-genre style ranging from folk to rap, Mereba slays the devil in her solo set behind the Desk.
Friday, November 08, 2019
The British rapper made a trip all the way from the UK just for this Tiny Desk performance and powered through a set that made the personal political.
Monday, October 28, 2019
Watch live at 7 p.m. ET on Halloween to see a Grammy-winning R&B star perform a Tiny Desk concert.
Friday, October 18, 2019
One week after releasing a record-shattering studio debut, the Atlanta native brings a glowing R&B set to the Tiny Desk.
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
One inspiration behind Flamagra, the sixth album by the L.A. musician, was the wildfires in his hometown. It became another opportunity for the musician to reckon with ideas of death and rebirth.
Friday, August 30, 2019
The singer and mega-hit songwriter showcases three of his own tracks, including "I Luv Your Girl" and two songs from Ménage à Trois: Sextape Vol. 1, 2, 3.
Thursday, August 22, 2019
There's still room for Roc Nation's controversial NFL partnership to do impressive work — as long as the black billionaire behind it makes room for the struggle already in progress.
Friday, August 09, 2019
The forthcoming album, her third, honors 16 queens from the far past and the immediate present, using them to power her best and baddest musical clapback yet.
Friday, August 02, 2019
The first single from the North Carolina emcee's Eve also features a vocal cameo from D'Angelo.
Thursday, August 01, 2019
The new video is the first tease of the group's forthcoming album, Ginger.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Gangsta rap had been known as aggressive, rebellious and political, but the Geto Boys' 1991 hit made it something new: vulnerable. Hip-hop's relationship with mental health has never been the same.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
On Thursday, Los Angeles celebrated the life of the rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was murdered on March 31 there.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
The artist behind the country-trap hit, who celebrated his 20th birthday and topped the charts this week, is less beholden to any genre than he is to the shape-shifting nature of online identity.