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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Kendrick Lamar And Rihanna Prove Their 'Loyalty'

Friday, July 28, 2017

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


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.


A$AP Mob Hits The Runway With Raf Simons

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Harlem crew indulges its high-fashion lust in latest video with Playboi Carti and Quavo


First Listen: Vic Mensa, 'The Autobiography'

Thursday, July 20, 2017

On his long-awaited major-label LP, the Chicago MC's personal pain becomes epiphany.


Try To Not Lose Your Lunch Watching Danny Brown's New 'Lost' Video

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Directed by Matilda Finn, it's a smorgasbord of disturbing imagery.


Chance The Rapper And Young Thug Dedicate 'Big B's' To SoundCloud

Monday, July 17, 2017

The new song follows cryptic tweets from Chance, proclaiming he helped save the streaming service


Dr. Dre's Rapid 'Gunfire' Flow Affirms And Defies His Age

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The new song comes in conjunction with the revealing HBO documentary The Defiant Ones, which intertwines the lives and legacies of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.


When You're Blue Ivy, Bragging Rights Are A Birthright

Friday, July 07, 2017

Jay-Z's firstborn gets lyrical on a 4:44 bonus track, "Blue's Freestyle / We Family."


First Listen: Shabazz Palaces, 'Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines'

Thursday, July 06, 2017

The second of two new LPs finds Ishmael Butler, a.k.a. Palaceer Lazaro, drawing out the ironies of trap's outsider aesthetic.


First Listen: Shabazz Palaces, 'Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star'

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Ishmael Butler, aka Palaceer Lazaro, takes on a sentient persona to illuminate hip-hop's darkest corners.


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.


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.


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.