Hip Hop/R&B

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · “Now is the time that I’m actually thinking of myself as a musician,” says Issa. “Things are hitting me like, ‘Oh, damn, you have this responsibility.’”
 

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August 3, 2014 | NPR · Issa Gold and AK move words and beats so deftly on their new album, it can be difficult to keep up. But they’re saying it’s OK if you don’t catch every word; if, right now, you don’t know everything.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The New York rapper on the music industry — from sitting on the shelf, to refusing deals, posthumous releases to sales expectations — music journalism and taking risks, personal and professional.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · The Los Angeles rapper tells Microphone Check the true stories behind his debut album and the rise of his partner, DJ Mustard.
 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · One of the biggest and developing stories in hip-hop is the Los Angeles label Top Dawg Entertainment. The company employs an in-house production team responsible for its best and best-loved songs.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · Lese Majesty is MC and producer Ishmael Butler’s most relentlessly noncommercial chapter yet. No hits, no singles; just raw, graceful tunes from the inventive former leader of Digable Planets.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · The enigmatic leader of Shabazz Palaces says his process is instinctive, non-linear and, sometimes, beyond his own understanding. Read Ishmael Butler’s extended interview with All Things Considered.
 

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July 3, 2014 | NPR · “It’s strange to admit it, but this is kinda the job we were born for,” Questlove says of his group’s serving as house band for The Tonight Show.
 

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July 2, 2014 | NPR · Know your Sylvan Esso from your Future Islands, or Ana Tijoux from André Laos? Test your knowledge of current music in this puzzler and discover the year’s best songs.
 

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July 1, 2014 | NPR · “I met James Brown as a kid. I was seven years old,” says the renowned producer. “I wasn’t the same since.”
 

 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The FBI is evaluating a video posted online Tuesday that claims to show the execution of journalist James Foley by Islamic State fighters. The American was abducted while working in Syria in 2012.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Tiny Singapore imports almost all its food. From gardens on deserted car parks to vertical farms in the vanishing countryside, a movement is afoot to help boost its agricultural production.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Suppose two Chinese parents get on an Australian airplane and, while flying over U.S. territory, they have a baby on the plane. Can that baby be an American citizen?
 

Arts & Life

August 20, 2014 | NPR · Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the “Lioness of Iran,” has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · David Connerley Nahm’s debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls “anti-nostalgia,” the pain of intrusive memories that come when you’re least prepared.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Forget peanuts and Cracker Jack. Sausages are the food most closely linked to the national pastime, says Frank Deford.
 

Music

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Erstwhile country singer Taylor Swift has a new sound and a new goal: to be the world’s biggest pop star, with all the attention and provocation that comes with the job.
 

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August 19, 2014 | WXPN · Christian Gregory is a British singer who immersed himself in the grooves and style of vintage soul and R&B.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · The fuzz-rock mastermind joins host Robin Hilton to share new music and explain how he changed his entire process to make his terrific new album Manipulator.
 

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