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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, January 28, 2022
The song underscores how fortified the bonds of Ivy Sole's contemplative bars and visuals are.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, September 03, 2021
One of the DMV's most formidable forces bounces around her varied discography for her Tiny Desk home concert.
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.
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.
Sunday, July 11, 2021
R&B singer Snoh Aalegra is out with a new album, Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
One of 2020's breakout artists performs four songs as part of Tiny Desk's Black History Month celebration.
Tuesday, February 09, 2021
The rising R&B star performs three songs as part of Tiny Desk's celebration of Black History Month.
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.