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The 5 Lives Of 'Tha Carter V'

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

After years of mystery, excitement and public tumult, Lil Wayne's long-delayed album is nearly here. As you prepare to listen, here are a few things to keep in mind about where the rapper's been.


Stream Noname's Instant-Classic 'Room 25'

Friday, September 14, 2018

One of most anticipated hip-hop albums of the year instantly becomes one of the best.


Eminem Became A Parody Of Himself And Everybody's Laughing

Monday, September 10, 2018

Now that Kamikaze's suicide mission is complete, how will Eminem resurrect his love for hip-hop?


Pittsburgh Rapper Mac Miller Reportedly Dead At 26

Friday, September 07, 2018

Mac Miller, the Pittsburgh-born rapper who developed a ravenous following over the course of five successful albums, died Friday of an apparent overdose in his San Fernando Valley home, multiple outlets have reported. He was 26.


Tech N9ne Feat. Krizz Kaliko: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Two of Kansas City's finest — and indie hip-hop's trailblazers — deliver a dose of Strange Music.


T.I.: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, August 27, 2018

In the fifteen years since he released Trap Muzik, Tip Harris has reinvented himself a thousand times over. But the stories he recounts from that era make his Tiny Desk a memorable one.


Young Thug's Remix Of Elton John's 'Rocket Man' Is Totally Unexpected

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

If only Thug had kept this same energy on Slime Language.


An Afro-Surrealistic Worldview Looms Over This Year's Video Music Awards

Monday, August 20, 2018

From Childish Gambino's dystopian vision of America to The Carters' takeover of the Louvre, absurdity is the new black and it fuels the best music videos nominated this year.


Kendrick Lamar's 'Power'-Ful TV Acting Debut Has Been Years In The Making

Monday, July 30, 2018

After his star turn on 'Power', the cinematic sweep of Lamar's music videos deserve a revisit.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.