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More Calls To Boycott R. Kelly Over Accusations

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Momentum is building in an effort to push music industry groups to cut ties with R&B star R. Kelly over long-standing sexual assault and harassment allegations.

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For Colored Boys Who've Considered Career Suicide When Good Music Wasn't Enough

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Kanye West premieres new songs, "Lift Yourself" and "Ye Vs. The People," following his week of Twitter trolling and political power trips.

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Kelis, Nas' Ex-Wife, Accuses Rapper Of Physical And Mental Abuse

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The singer and chef details a "toxic" marriage defined by mental and physical abuse, the second accusation of violence to be made by a former partner of the rapper.

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J. Cole Is Sick Of Money Phone Rap And He's Not Going To Take It Anymore

Friday, April 20, 2018

The first video from his new album KOD features the North Carolina rapper parodying trap's infatuation with cash and drug-addled fantasy.

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J. Cole Is Sick Of Money Phone Rap And He's Not Going To Take It Anymore

Friday, April 20, 2018

The first video from his new album KOD features the North Carolina rapper parodying trap's infatuation with cash and drug-addled fantasy.

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That's A Wrap: Kanye's Koans, K-Dot's Prize, Drake's 'Scorpion,' J. Cole's 'K.O.D.'

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hip-hop has been everywhere this week, with the genre's biggest stars teasing surprise album releases — oh, and winning historic Pulitzer Prizes.

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How The Pulitzer Jury Opened Its Doors To Hip-Hop

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Pulitzer Prize for Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. represents a shifting tide in rap's cultural status. But a juror who helped select the prize says it means as much for an institution like the Pulitzers.

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Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for his album DAMN., the first hip-hop or rap album to ever win the prestigious award.

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Drake Bounces, Looking To Uplift Single Women As They Drop It Low

Saturday, April 07, 2018

"Nice For What" finds the 6 God playing a supporting role to a cast of high-powered women in the newly released video.

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Netflix Banks On Hip-Hop's Mass Appeal With 'Rapture'

Friday, April 06, 2018

The streaming giant hooks up with another veteran hip-hop journalist in Sacha Jenkins to add to its expanding roster of rap-related explorations.

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A Tribe Called Quest's Last Video Paints A Grim, Gripping Reality

Thursday, March 29, 2018

In a high-concept film directed by Warren Fu and featuring many hip-hop heavies, "The Space Program" is really code for the systematic removal of black people.

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First Listen: Jean Grae & Quelle Chris, 'Everything's Fine'

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The recently engaged creative partners give birth to a wellspring of sociopolitical satire on their new collaborative LP.

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SXSW 2018 Recap: Hip Hop, Latin Folk and Mexican Barbecue

Monday, March 19, 2018

NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Felix Contreras dish about their favorite new discoveries at South by Southwest 2018 over a plate of barbecue.

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Kendrick Lamar Tells Story Of Our Time In Prophetic Terms With 'DAMN.'

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.

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More Women Accuse Russell Simmons Of Rape, Sexual Assault

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.

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A Look At Eminem's Anti-Trump Rap

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.

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Cardi B Makes Billboard History With 'Bodak Yellow'

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.

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LL Cool J To Become Kennedy Center's First Hip-Hop Honoree

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.

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Kendrick Lamar And Rihanna Prove Their 'Loyalty'

Friday, July 28, 2017

DAMN.'s most pop-worthy song gets a video of epic proportions

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Smino Takes His Vices To The Drive-In For 'Netflix & Dusse'

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The North St. Louis native keeps proving why blkswn is one of the best debut LPs of 2017.

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