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Power, Protest And Paranoia

Thursday, October 08, 2020

The links between hip-hop and the prison system are on display in laws and lyrics stretching back decades. If you're caught between these two American institutions, it might look like a trap.


'The South Got Something To Say' Is A Celebratory Canon Of Southern Rap

Friday, August 07, 2020

NPR Music has launched The South Got Something To Say, a canon of Southern hip-hop. Its creator, critic Briana Younger, and NPR's Rodney Carmichael explained the project on All Things Considered.


Sampling Ain't Dead: Hip-Hop Producers Break Down The Formula

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.


'You Just Get Written Off': One Inmate On Life On Rikers During The Pandemic

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.


Baby Rose: Tiny Desk Concert

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.


The 2020 Grammys: How Much Weight Can One Awards Show Carry?

Monday, January 27, 2020

In a ceremony that front-loaded performances by women and black artists, mixed messages sparked both cynicism and cautious hope.


From Dixie Chicks To Rihanna: Our Music Predictions For 2020

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.


9 Afro Dystopian Rap Albums As Dark And Droll As 2019

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.


Raphael Saadiq: Tiny Desk Concert

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.


Mereba: Tiny Desk Concert

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.


Dave: Tiny Desk Concert

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.


Tiny Desk Fest: Thursday Night

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.


Summer Walker: 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.


The Fire This Time: Flying Lotus Seeks Rebirth After Mac Miller's Death

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.


The-Dream: Tiny Desk Concert

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.


Opinion: Jay-Z Can't Roc With The NFL Unless Kaepernick Gets A Seat At The Table

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.


With 'Eve,' Rapsody Wields The Legacies Of Legendary Black Women, From Nina To Serena

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.


Rapsody Brings GZA, Mary J. And Roxanne Shante Out To Play. Seriously.

Friday, August 02, 2019

The first single from the North Carolina emcee's Eve also features a vocal cameo from D'Angelo.


No, Brockhampton's 'I Been Born Again' Is Not A Religious Conversion Anthem

Thursday, August 01, 2019

The new video is the first tease of the group's forthcoming album, Ginger.


Stressed Out: How 'Mind Playing Tricks On Me' Gave Anxiety A Home In Hip-Hop

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.