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PJ Morton: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, July 02, 2018

New Orleans' native son brought his musical Gumbo — and a 10-piece orchestra — to the Tiny Desk for some well-seasoned soul and a lesson in creative freedom.

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Drake Is Too Big To Fail. He Should Risk It All On 'Scorpion' Anyway

Thursday, June 28, 2018

If Drake truly wants to take his career to the next level, he might try something unprecedented: conceding defeat.

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It's Impossible To Reconcile XXXTentacion's Art With His Violent Life

Friday, June 22, 2018

We break down the controversy surrounding rapper XXXTentacion in life and in death.

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Her Devotion Weighs A Ton: Beyoncé And Jay-Z's Celebration Of 'Love'

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The collaboration between the married stars, the capstone of a trilogy of albums focused on their union, underlines the simultaneous centrality and marginalization of women in hip-hop.

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Beyoncé And Jay-Z's Surprise Album Is Here: Listen To 'Everything Is Love'

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The couple released it exclusively on Tidal Saturday afternoon.

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As Summer Jam Turns 25, Hot 97 Stakes Its Claim To Hip-Hop Pedigree

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Ebro Darden and Peter Rosenberg remain vocal gatekeepers in an era of SoundCloud rappers and digital playlists.

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2-Sided: Trying To Hear Kanye West's New Album, 'ye,' Through All The Noise

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Kanye West's newly-released ye is already 2018's most polarizing album. Two of NPR Music's critics sat down to try and make sense of West's motivations and musical accomplishments.

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Music Review: Kanye West's New Album: 'Ye'

Friday, June 01, 2018

Throughout his career, Kanye West has been considered a lightning rod of controversy. He is releasing a new album called: Ye.

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Between The World And Black Thought

Thursday, May 31, 2018

On the eve of his first solo release, Streams Of Thought, Vol. 1, The Roots' lead sheds light on his darkest inspiration and expanding vulnerability.

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Lyor Cohen, YouTube's Music Head, Faces Down A Doubtful Music Business

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The former rap mogul and current head of music at YouTube on #MeToo (sort of), Migos and his mortality.

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André 3000 Returns With New Music In Memory Of His Parents

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The reclusive half of OutKast dropped two new soul-baring solo songs — and jumped into social media — to celebrate and mourn his mom and dad.

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Donald Glover Brings His Black Renaissance To 'Saturday Night Live'

Sunday, May 06, 2018

He acted in nearly every skit. He performed new Childish Gambino music. He might be the smartest working man on TV.

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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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