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Morning News Brief: GOP Continues Work On Health Care Bill, JAY-Z Releases New Album

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.

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JAY-Z Bares His Soul On '4:44'

Friday, June 30, 2017

On his new album, the rapper and entrepreneur continues to push himself to the forefront of the genre, paving the way for the next generation of MCs to age gracefully on the mic.

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Public Enemy Make Entire New Album Available For Free Download

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The band surprised fans by making Nothing Is Quick In The Desert available for free download via Bandcamp, until July 4.

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'The Gentrification Song' Is The Inner-City Blues America Deserves From Rap

Thursday, June 29, 2017

"The city lost its soul and gained a lot of hipsters, but does that really make it better or a little weirder?" Bay Area rapper Gift of Gab asks in new video.

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BET Awards Wields, And Exerts, Its Influence Beyond Black America

Monday, June 26, 2017

No matter how loved or loathed, last night's show proves why it's often the most talked-about night in pop.

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Young Thug, Big Boi And 2 Chainz Channel Atlanta's History Of Transmutation

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Three ATLiens showcase Atlanta's decade-plus stranglehold on reinvention and innovation.

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First Listen: MC Eiht, 'Which Way Iz West'

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The West Coast legend teams up with East Coast boom-bap icon, DJ Premier, for their long-awaited OG's manifesto.

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Mobb Deep's Prodigy Dies At 42

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The 42-year-old emcee was best known for crafting narratives of struggle and survival that depicted New York in the depths of the crack era.

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Macklemore Goes Solo For 'Glorious' Return

Thursday, June 15, 2017

For more than half a decade Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have been an inseparable creative duo, racking up record sales and Grammy awards. Not anymore, for now at least.

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Ice Cube Leaves Bill Maher Shaken And Stirred Over The N-Word

Monday, June 12, 2017

25 years after Death Certificate, the OG reprises his role as rap's most potent race critic.

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Put Some 'South' In Your Mouth With Big Boi, Gucci Mane And Pimp C

Friday, June 09, 2017

Three dialects from three of the region's legends — living and resurrected — make for one triple-decker groove.

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Watch: Higher Brothers, The Chinese Migos, Flex Like 'Franklin'

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

See a new video from the crew knocking down China's Great Firewall.

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Nick Grant: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, June 02, 2017

The Atlanta-based MC came through with the flu and coolly earned our praise. How sick is that?

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Ivy Sole's 'Life' Reassures That Pain Is Temporary

Thursday, June 01, 2017

The first video from the rapper/singer's East EP is dedicated to a friend she lost while attending the University of Pennsylvania.

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All Songs +1: Why We're Still Obsessed With Tupac

Friday, May 26, 2017

NPR Music hip-hop reporter Rodney Carmichael talks with Ben Westhoff, author of Original Gangstas, about the enduring legacy and influence of Tupac Shakur, more than 20 years after his death.

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Gucci Mane's New Album 'Droptopwop' Is The Climax To One Redemptive Year

Friday, May 26, 2017

After years of being dogged by his own demons, the trap god is living his best life yet.

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First Listen: Cody ChesnuTT, 'My Love Divine Degree'

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A studio session with Kanye led to a new album that finds the soul eccentric extending his fatherly compassion, and a helping of funk, to the world at large.

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Organized Noize Raises A Fist To Fight On 'We The Ones'

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Big Boi, CeeLo and Big Rube unite for a powerful visual from the new Organized Noize EP.

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Perceived Extremes: Kendrick Lamar Takes His 'Mask Off' On New Future Remix

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

When a remix challenges rap's preconceived notions with a collaboration between the conscious king and the trap star, what more can you ask for?

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My Mom Loves Snoop Dogg, And Other Testaments To A Quarter-Century Of Relevance

Sunday, May 21, 2017

With the release of Neva Left on Friday, the elder statesman of rap isn't making a comeback as much as he's maintaining his streak of consistency.

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