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Super Bowl LVIII is Usher's show

Friday, February 09, 2024

Usher — the chart-topping singer-songwriter — will be this year's halftime performer. With a catalog full of bangers, how will he squeeze 30 years of music into just 13 minutes?


NPR music highlights some of the albums to look forward to in 2024

Tuesday, January 09, 2024

NPR Music presents a sneak preview of some of the interesting albums coming our way in the new year.


What the abuse lawsuit against Diddy, one of hip-hop's most powerful men, means

Friday, November 17, 2023

The singer Cassie has accused the rap mogul of subjecting her to years of abuse, in a suit made possible by the Adult Survivors Act. Can the case spark a sexual assault reckoning within hip-hop?


2024 Grammy Nominations: A guide to the best, worst and most surprising nominees

Friday, November 10, 2023

Themes emerge quickly when you dig into the nominations for the 66th Grammy Awards. The major categories are dominated by women and seemingly up for grabs; elsewhere, progress is not always so clear.


Nile Rodgers & CHIC: Tiny Desk Concert

Thursday, October 26, 2023

As the ringleader of the CHIC experience, Rodgers crams a lifetime's worth of nightlife into every strum of his guitar.


Tupac murder case is delayed again

Thursday, October 19, 2023

There has been yet another delay in the murder case of rapper Tupac Shakur. Duane "Keffe D" Davis, the suspect charged with the murder, did not enter a plea in a Las Vegas court Thursday morning.


Can the Tupac Shakur murder trial salvage any justice from a 27-year-old case?

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

The arrest of Duane Davis in the 1996 shooting of the rapper in Las Vegas is a huge development in a case that has evaded closure, as competing narratives and mythologies have emerged in its place.


Jann Wenner's Rock Hall is crumbling — is it worth fixing?

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner was removed from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's board after sexist and racist comments. But he is, and always has been, an avatar for an exclusionary framework.


2023 'Til Infinity

Friday, August 11, 2023

Giving rap the future it deserves means smashing the infrastructure as it is. But with the battle lines drawn, we can still take heart in the artists teasing just how much further the culture can go.


How Miami rap made overindulgence the new baseline

Saturday, August 05, 2023

The 305's hedonistic reputation is not unearned, but there is artistry in its debauchery, and a young generation reinvesting the rewards of their predecessors' battles against censorship.


How St. Louis recalibrated rap radio

Friday, July 28, 2023

Call the melodic, countrified swing that took over early 2000s radio an overnight sensation if you like, but it didn't come from nowhere — just a city many considered to be nowhere.


All Rap Is Local

Monday, July 17, 2023

As it celebrates its 50th birthday, hip-hop is a global phenomenon. But to map the music's true impact, you have to look closer. Here's a guide to rap history, charted across more than a dozen cities.


How the DMV and Virginia Beach made rap safe (and profitable!) for eccentrics

Monday, July 17, 2023

From one little resort town came some of weirdest, boldest changes to hip-hop's sound. A few hours away, flowery backpack raps and a splash of mambo sauce helped the nation's capital break through.


Killer Mike at the top of the mountain

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Faith and religion have been career-long themes for the Run the Jewels rapper — if often in a wary, ambivalent light. But on Michael, his first solo LP in over a decade, something has changed.


Aja Monet's debut album fuses art and advocacy, poet and performer

Thursday, June 08, 2023

The poet's first recording with a band, when the poems do what they do, lends an emphatic new authority to her words, which she delivers with a hypnotist's composure.


Jay Park: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Friday, May 26, 2023

The singer and rapper displays the subtle breadth of his music in this Tiny Desk (home) concert.


It's time to get on the billy woods bandwagon

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

A longtime hero of the underground rap scene for his worldly, wily lyrics that are erudite and streetwise, billy woods has made his clearest, most engaging album yet with Maps.


On 'Jackman,' Jack Harlow is aggrieved and ready to let everyone hear about it

Thursday, May 04, 2023

The rapper's third album is a string of prickly songs that spend more time exposing his neuroses than truly analyzing them.


JPEGMAFIA and Danny Brown are here to blow up your function

Friday, April 14, 2023

The joyously chaotic rap team-up Scaring the Hoes is less Watch the Throne and more Wedding Crashers: a pair of motormouthed eccentrics running wild trick plays and daring you to stick around.


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.