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After A Bumpy Start, Nicki Minaj's 'Queen' Has Landed

Friday, August 10, 2018

Nicki Minaj fans have made it through the storm for their matriarch — today, we find out if the turbulence was worth it.

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BJ The Chicago Kid's Short Film Balances A Beautiful And Beastly L.A.

Monday, August 06, 2018

The R&B singer's new short film for The Opening Ceremony puts three new songs in motion and sets up his upcoming sophomore album.

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Watch Drake Take The 'In My Feelings' Challenge To New Orleans In New Video

Thursday, August 02, 2018

The Toronto rapper's single already hit No. 1 thanks to a viral dance challenge. But he's not letting the fun stop just yet.

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Reclaiming The Rhyme: How Black Women and Latinas Have Reshaped Pop Music

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Over the first two decades of the 21st century, as the influence of Latin music and R&B has swept over pop, songs by women of color have allowed us to hear real stories that were once obscured.

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Yes, The New Song From Tyler, The Creator and A$AP Rocky Is Called 'Potato Salad'

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Rappers Tyler, The Creator and A$AP Rocky dropped a new single titled "Potato Salad." But its not the only song to highlight the cookout side dish.

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Black Thought Pays Tribute To Trayvon Martin And Calls For Change

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The new track, "Rest In Power," is from Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, an upcoming documentary series produced by Jay-Z.

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Willow Smith's Summer Fun Comes Crashing Down In Zhu And Tame Impala's 'My Life'

Friday, July 20, 2018

Summer's never as long as it used to be and that means, sometimes, the beginning is the end.

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BROCKHAMPTON Wilds Out In '1998 Truman' Video

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The exhilarating visuals for the hip-hop boy band's new video feel like a high-definition mosh pit.

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Berhana Struggles With The Trappings Of Success In 'Wildin"

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The eclectic R&B singer challenges others to examine how they define success in his latest video, premiered by NPR Music.

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The Midnight Hour: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad and composer Adrian Younge brought their Luke Cage-inspired collaboration to the Tiny Desk.

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Meek Mill Celebrates Freedom, Calls For Reform On 'Legends Of The Summer' EP

Friday, July 06, 2018

The Philadelphia rapper became a bellwether for criminal justice reform due to his own court case last year. Now, he's putting his platform into his music.

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Future's Mixtapes Are Made For The Summer And He Knows It

Friday, July 06, 2018

The Atlanta trendsetter surprises fans with Beast Mode 2, the follow-up to his 2015 mixtape with producer Zaytoven.

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Drake Releases His Double Album, 'Scorpion'

Friday, June 29, 2018

Scorpion finds Drake embracing his pop Janus, split (almost) evenly between the star's rap and R&B aspects, with cameos from Jay-Z and... Michael Jackson?!

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MorMor Leaves You Wanting More With 'Heaven's Only Wishful' EP

Monday, June 25, 2018

The 26-year-old singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist plays outside the confines of genre with his promising debut project.

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Facing Police, Pusha T Remains Stoic In 'If You Know You Know' Video

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

As siren lights flash, K-9 dogs snarl and lightning streaks across the sky overhead, Pusha T seems to come to a moment of serenity.

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Saba Abraha's Glittery Single 'Do's & Don'ts' Wades Through Confusion

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

For this D.C.-area R&B singer, music is her outlet to unpack her thoughts to keep from spiraling. Abraha shares her darkest hues of her forthcoming EP with airy tone and splintered production.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Unearths New Mobb Deep Song For 'Hamildrop' Series

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

After the death of Prodigy — one-half of the the Queens duo — last year, they bring the posthumous noise on the new track "Boom Goes The Cannon..."

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XXXTentacion, Controversial 20-Year-Old Rapper, Shot And Killed

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Floridian first gained attention in 2016, when his SoundCloud single "Look At Me" went viral. He released two popular albums after, but was awaiting trial on charges brought by an ex-girlfriend.

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Khalid: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, June 18, 2018

Watch the 20-year-old star perform acoustic versions of "Location," "Saved" and "Young Dumb & Broke."

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Drake Pulls The Nostalgia Card: Two 'Degrassi' Fans Dissect The Video For 'I'm Upset'

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Drake unites the old gang of Degrassi High School for his latest video. NPR Music breaks down the cameos, Easter eggs and (relatively low-stakes) inconsistencies of "I'm Upset."

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