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Heat Check: Teleport And Transform

Monday, March 30, 2020

Ghanian trap, South African soul, Barbadian pop. This week's Heat Check does some digital globetrotting for a temporary escape.


Heat Check: Make It Make Sense

Monday, March 23, 2020

When parts of reality seem unfathomable, music always makes sense. New music from Alex Isley, Childish Gambino, Melanie Faye and more on this week's Heat Check.


Heat Check: Socially Distanced, Emotionally Here

Monday, March 16, 2020

For your at-home workout. For you stress baking. For avoiding your kids. We're not here to judge, just to help.


Heat Check: Homecoming

Monday, March 09, 2020

Lil Uzi Vert's audible adrenaline, Stove God Cooks' anamorphic flow, Emma-Jean Thackray's jazz shade and Megan Thee Stallion's savage sass. Heat Check doesn't let up.


Heat Check: Being Productive With The Pressure

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

With angsty, urgent new tracks from Young Nudy, Kenny Mason, Diana Gordon and more, Heat Check will help you bulldoze pas procrastination.


Heat Check: Caught Up And Curious

Monday, February 24, 2020

There's an unexpected jolt of energy that comes with getting caught up — whether you're ready for it or not. This week's picks from Linda Diaz, Dua Saleh, Tame Impala and more explore the gamet.


Rapper Pop Smoke, 20, Has Died

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Brooklyn-born rapper Pop Smoke, who was born Bashar Barakah Jackson, died Wednesday morning, according to his record label. He was 20 years old.


Heat Check: Répéter, Répéter

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Nigerian trap, New York drill, London soul, Chicago dance — this week's Heat Check playlist switches up quick, but keeps the trance consistent.


Snoh Aalegra: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Iranian-Swedish singer draws her musical cues from Brandy and Sade while racking up a list of collaborators such as Vince Staples, James Fauntleroy and, most recently, Pharrell Williams.


Heat Check: Going All Out

Monday, February 10, 2020

The slow asphyxiation of heartache. The deep resonance of bravado. Heat Check's playlist returns with Victoria Monét, Denzel Curry and Kayla Steen.


Phony Ppl Enlists Megan Thee Stallion For Raunchy And Hilarious 'Fkn Around'

Friday, January 31, 2020

After first premiering the song exclusively at NPR Music's Tiny Desk, Phony Ppl has finally decided to bless fans with "Fkn Around," a grooving, sorry-not-sorry romp.


Koffee: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, January 27, 2020

The fast-rising teenager from Jamaica just won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, making her the first woman and youngest artist to ever win in the category.


Megan Thee Stallion Introduces Fans To Her New Alter Ego With New Single

Friday, January 24, 2020

Don't say she didn't warn you! Megan Thee Stallion shares her first solo single of 2020 and debuts a fresh alter ego named Suga.


Heat Check: Favorite Discoveries Of 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

From Kirby and Hope Tala to Odunsi The Engine and BEAM, these are the artists who dropped the surprises that stuck this year.


Raveena: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, December 09, 2019

"I just want you to know," Raveena told the NPR office, "that in this space that we're in, you're extremely, extremely loved."


Heat Check: Ode To The Cap

Monday, December 02, 2019

Balancing glitchy, pithy pop with raucous reggae, trap and R&B, these Heat Check picks from The Weeknd and Koffee give us a moment's escape from the ordinary.


Megan Thee Stallion: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, December 02, 2019

The budding superstar debuted a new song with Phony Ppl and performed hits from Fever and Tina Snow during the first night of NPR's Tiny Desk Fest.


Heat Check: Thankful For Cross-Genre Discovery

Monday, November 25, 2019

This week, we're thankful for new songs by PARTYNEXTDOOR, Girl Ultra, K. Roosevelt, Elah Hale and more.


Heat Check: Charge The Haters Interest

Monday, November 18, 2019

Featuring Jhené Aiko, Denzel Curry, Ambré and more, this week's Heat Check selects come from artists who don't entertain the haters or mutter their feelings.


Heat Check: Lived-In R&B, Rap And Ragga

Monday, November 11, 2019

New music from Lil Baby, duendita, Ayoni and FKJ gives this Heat Check playlist a homey vibe.