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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: 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: 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.


Leikeli47 wants you to look and listen deeper

Monday, May 16, 2022

Cozy and coiffed in a Brooklyn studio, watch the masked rapper break down essential tracks from Shape Up with host Sidney Madden.


The charges against Young Thug build on a growing trend of criminalizing rap crews

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Ayesha Rascoe talks with Sidney Madden and Rodney Carmichael of NPR's Louder Than A Riot about the RICO charges against Young Thug and the wider intersection of criminal justice and hip-hop.


Ivy Sole, 'Call Me'

Friday, January 28, 2022

The song underscores how fortified the bonds of Ivy Sole's contemplative bars and visuals are.


Patrice Roberts, Travis World and Dan Evens, 'Mind My Business'

Friday, January 28, 2022

There's nothing complicated about this soca anthem that's crossing over thanks to fans on TikTok and Instagram, just a comically simple, two-part mantra: 1. Drink water 2. Mind your business.


NPR Music's album of the year: 'Heaux Tales' by Jazmine Sullivan

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

NPR Music's album of the year, Heaux Tales, by Jazmine Sullivan, shows the singer exploring themes of love, sex and loss.


The Learning Curve Of Lil Nas X

Friday, September 17, 2021

Lil Nas X is breaking Billboard records and barriers through his music — the pop-rap star joins All Things Considered to discuss his debut album Montero.


Rico Nasty: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Friday, September 03, 2021

One of the DMV's most formidable forces bounces around her varied discography for her Tiny Desk home concert.


Aaliyah's Catalog Has Started To Arrive On Streaming. What Took So Long?

Thursday, August 26, 2021

The late R&B star Aaliyah's catalog has started to arrive on streaming, starting with the 1996 record One In A Million — made in an era now being re-examined for how it treated famous women.


Young Thug: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

From the lush gardens of The Houdini estate in Los Angeles, the influential Atlanta rapper premiers songs from his forthcoming album, Punk.


Music: Snoh Aalegra

Sunday, July 11, 2021

R&B singer Snoh Aalegra is out with a new album, Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies.


The Racist Roots Of Rap On Trial

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Since the 1990s, police and prosecutors have used lyrics to build criminal cases against rap artists. It's a practice that blurs the distinction between entertainment and criminal confession.


With A Long-Awaited Shot At Freedom, Mac Phipps Has His Eyes On The Future

Friday, March 12, 2021

Last month, the rapper was recommended for clemency after serving 21 years in prison for a crime he says he did not commit. Now he tells NPR about his time behind bars and his hope for life outside.


Rapper Mac Phipps, After 20 Years In Prison, Is One Step Closer To Freedom

Thursday, February 25, 2021

In 2001, a rising No Limit Records artist was sentenced to 30 years for a crime he maintains he didn't commit. The hosts of Louder Than A Riot explain how a new development could spell early release.


Bobby Shmurda Is Coming Home. What Happens Next?

Monday, February 22, 2021

The rapper who ignited Brooklyn with his 2014 viral hit "Hot Boy" is set to be released from prison Tuesday. Louder Than A Riot hosts Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden say some big questions remain.


KeiyaA: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Thursday, February 11, 2021

One of 2020's breakout artists performs four songs as part of Tiny Desk's Black History Month celebration.


GIVĒON: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

The rising R&B star performs three songs as part of Tiny Desk's celebration of Black History Month.


In Podcast Finale, 'Louder Than A Riot' Looks At Prison Reform

Saturday, December 19, 2020

NPR Music's Louder than a Riot has been doing a deep dive into the stories of rappers that highlight inequalities in the way this country addresses crime and punishment.