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Sean 'Diddy' Combs is accused of sexual assault by male producer

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs is being accused again of sexual misconduct — this time by one of his former music producers.


Breaking down Beyoncé's unusual album announcement last night

Monday, February 12, 2024

During Super Bowl LVIII, Beyoncé appeared in a commercial and announced that she'd release new music. It didn't take music fans long to turn their attention to her new songs and album announcement.


Explaining the war of words between Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion

Monday, January 29, 2024

The rappers Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion are trading barbs in their new songs. We break down what prompted this falling out between former collaborators.


A look at the allegations against Sean "Diddy" Combs

Monday, December 11, 2023

NPR Music's Sidney Madden gets us up to date on the several lawsuits and allegations of sexual assault against rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs.


To mark Nicki Minaj's first album in 5 years, a look at the Queen of Rap's legacy

Friday, December 08, 2023

Rapper Nicki Minaj put out her first album in five years Friday. Her legacy as the best-selling female rapper of all time includes 132 chart entries on the Hot 100.


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?


Lawsuit accuses Sean 'Diddy' Combs of trafficking, sexual assault and abuse

Friday, November 17, 2023

R&B Singer Cassie Ventura has filed a civil lawsuit against hip-hop mogul Sean Combs, alleging she suffered physical and sexual abuse for more than a decade.


The instant anthem 'No Scrubs' still resonates today

Wednesday, July 05, 2023

The 1999 song "No Scrubs" was catchy and fun — and it made its mark for calling out lazy loser guys who hit on women. It became an anthem for women across the country.


Amaarae: Tiny Desk Concert

Thursday, June 22, 2023

The artist's Tiny Desk proves how far the sounds of West Africa have influenced the U.S. and, more implicitly, just how much the music defies catch-all labels like 'Afrobeats.'


'Waiting for change is not an option'

Thursday, June 01, 2023

The unwritten rules of rap unpacked in Louder's second season are held together by a scarcity principle that came to define the show itself. As it draws to a close, the team reflects on its mission.


'I'm an outlier too'

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Rico Nasty and her fans know what it's like to be judged for being themselves. For anyone who feels like an outsider, Nasty Mob is a space to forget that alienation.


'You're supposed to be somewhere doing hair and makeup'

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Since 2019, Saucy Santana has been a regular presence on the social web, producing several streaming hits. But the very qualities that set him apart threatened to hold him back.


'Is this what it had to be?'

Thursday, April 27, 2023

In 2005, Kim Osorio sued The Source for gender discrimination, sexual harassment and hostile work environment, retaliation, defamation. Responses to the case reinforced hip-hop's culture of silence.


Trina: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, April 07, 2023

The rap icon treated fans to an epic set featuring the best of her sprawling discography.


'When I changed as a woman, my music changed'

Thursday, April 06, 2023

Like her idol Trina two decades earlier, Latto saw her creativity open up when she started rapping explicitly about sex. But with her frankness came harsh new standards to live up to.


'I'm coming to y'all with no armor'

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Rapper Doechii hoped her video "Crazy" would make a statement by presenting her nude body as a vessel of power, not sex. YouTube saw things differently.


'You gotta fight and fight and fight for your legacy'

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Not everyone who was part of rap's ascent gets included in its story. MC Sha-Rock, of the original Funky 4 and the Funky 4 + 1, reaffirms her role in hip-hop's formative years as the first woman MC.


Louder Than A Riot: Season 2

Thursday, March 16, 2023

In hip-hop, unwritten rules have forced Black women and queer artists to fight for space. Can the genre's rule-breakers push their way to the center, while pushing the culture forward?


Watch Leikeli47 live at NPR Music's 15th anniversary concert

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

The LA-based performer's high-octane set for NPR Music's anniversary celebration served up bars and bravado to a crowd at the 9:30 Club.


Jury finds rapper Tory Lanez guilty of shooting rapper Megan Thee Stallion

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

A jury in Los Angeles on Friday found singer and rapper Tory Lanez guilty of three felony charges — including assaulting rapper Megan Thee Stallion with a firearm in 2020.