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De La Soul's early catalog finally hits streaming platforms

Friday, March 10, 2023

The first six albums from hip hop group De La Soul are finally out on streaming platforms after years being tied up in legal disputes.


2023 Grammy Awards: The Beyoncé paradox

Friday, February 03, 2023

At this year's awards on Sunday night, Beyoncé could become the artist with the most Grammys ever. She could also go down in history as the most snubbed.


NPR Music 2022 Staff Picks: Sheldon Pearce

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

NPR Music's hip-hop and R&B editor shares his favorite albums and songs of 2022.


How niche rap stars quietly conquered 2022

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Artists like NBA YoungBoy, Rod Wave and a resurgent Kodak Black pulled in massive streaming numbers this year (and, at times, outran controversy) while barely registering on mainstream pop's radar.


Sheldon Pearce's Top 20 Albums of 2022

Friday, December 09, 2022

In a year when the industry bet on fresh tech and virtual worlds, NPR's hip-hop and R&B editor found these albums powerfully immersive all on their own.


Kenzo Balla, 'Krash Out'

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

In the drill wave currently spreading across New York City, few songs feel as dutifully assembled as "Krash Out."


Heat Check Roundup: BROCKHAMPTON, $ilkmoney, LOLA and more

Thursday, November 17, 2022

In this week's Heat Check selects, Kevin Abstract says goodbye to BROCKHAMPTON (kind of?), $ilkmoney shrugs off virality, a singer synthesizes the sounds of the UK's contemporary R&B scene and more.


Boldy James, 'Jam Master J'

Friday, November 11, 2022

Boldy James' songs bear the wariness that comes with experience and the poise that comes from a hard-scrabble life navigating obstacles.


Heat Check Roundup: Masego, Fousheé, Boldy James and more

Thursday, November 10, 2022

In this week's Heat Check selects, dueling sounds of the new New York, roiling raps from a middle-aged street rapper, sugary, off-kilter pop birthed on TikTok and more


Heat Check Roundup: Yungmorpheus, Marlowe, Dee Watkins and more

Thursday, November 03, 2022

In this week's Heat Check selects, an insular rapper reestablishes the terms of his savvy music, a hotshot gets schooled by his OG, a singer-songwriter neutralizes a source of her depression and more.


Takeoff, member of Atlanta rap group Migos, has died at 28

Tuesday, November 01, 2022

The rapper, part of Migos, the Atlanta group that was hugely commercially popular and both formally and culturally influential, was reportedly shot and killed in Houston on Tuesday.


Symba: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, October 28, 2022

The Bay Area rapper balances high-octane wordplay with crisp scene-setting in his Tiny Desk performance.


Heat Check Roundup: redveil, Armani Caesar, Wiki and more

Thursday, October 27, 2022

In this week's Heat Check selects, prodigies past and present connect with OGs and friends, rappers stretch the limits of genre, young artists breathe new life into unmistakable samples and more.


Ab-Soul, 'Do Better'

Monday, October 24, 2022

Ab-Soul resurfaces as the curious, trenchant around-the-way philosopher.


R.A.P. Ferreira, 'ours'

Friday, October 21, 2022

Even if you don't know R.A.P. Ferreira belongs among the greats, it's clear that he does.


Heat Check Roundup: Baby Rose, R.A.P. Ferreira, Arima Ederra and more

Thursday, October 20, 2022

This week's Heat Check selects features grounded wordsmiths, emergent L.A.-based chanteuses, auto-tuned misfits and songs of self-care.


Heat Check Roundup: Alex Vaughn, UnoTheActivist, Jeshi and more

Thursday, October 13, 2022

This week's Heat Check selects feature an R&B newbie enlisting a legend, a spaced-out rapper deciding to go it alone, artists from Compton, London and Nigeria refusing complacency and more.


Heat Check Roundup: Smino, Ayra Starr, Ghais Guevara and more

Thursday, October 06, 2022

This week's Heat Check selects come largely from iconoclasts who have already zeroed in on their individual aesthetics: a singsong rap soulman, an alté sensation a noise-rap radical and more.


Heat Check Roundup: Stormzy, GloRilla and Cardi B, SiR and more

Thursday, September 29, 2022

This week's Heat Check playlist gathers artists from across the spectrum: a grime king retaking his throne, Cardi B signal boosting the summer's most exciting newcomer, risers and covert stars.


Nick Hakim, 'Vertigo'

Friday, September 16, 2022

Using the warped dimensions of his songcraft, Nick Hakim enters a space where a moment lasts a lifetime.