Hip Hop/R&B

NPR
April 17, 2014 | NPR · The cousins have formed Black Jungle Squad, a collective of relatives and close friends. “Taking it back to the days when there was a lot more crews in hip-hop,” says Jeremiah. “Like Native Tongues.”
 

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April 14, 2014 | NPR · The rap duo OutKast launched what may be its farewell tour over the weekend at Coachella, but the group and its fans, who have waited a decade for the reunion, might not have the same expectations.
 

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April 14, 2014 | NPR · The rapper has earned a global name for fusing hip-hop, samba and Afro-Brazilian sounds with lyrics about the plight of Brazil’s poor black and urban population.
 

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April 11, 2014 | NPR · “I got a job. I like my job, it’s cool. But I’m sitting there writing raps,” says the Houstonian. “I go out to the club and I’m like, ‘Damn, I got this verse in my head.’”
 

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April 9, 2014 | NPR · The Bay Area legend is widely known for creating slang, flouting the rules and knowing everybody from everywhere. He speaks about his long career, Master P, Lil Jon, T-Pain, Tupac and Too Short.
 

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April 4, 2014 | NPR · “Nobody from hip-hop was supposed to go to Harvard without a degree,” says 9th Wonder, a respected producer who’s turned out to be a born teacher.
 

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April 1, 2014 | NPR · While in Austin, Texas, the producer and DJ sat down in a sunny backyard and spoke on his performance style, learning from the greats and reading autobiographies.
 

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March 29, 2014 | NPR · The Dallas through Houston trio sat down in the Austin sunshine, cracked a few Lone Stars and opined on Texas funk, Texas weather, church and their business plan.
 

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March 26, 2014 | NPR · Even in the midst of SXSW, the Chicago producer was selling beats and putting in studio time. He took a rare break to talk about studying songs from the ’70s and Polow da Don’s snare.
 

WireImage
March 25, 2014 | NPR · Lil Jon may be best known as the king of crunk, but “Turn Down for What” isn’t his first time working with a dance music producer.
 

 

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April 20, 2014 | NPR · The grim recovery operation off South Korea continued Sunday. Police boats brought bodies ashore to the deafening cries and screams of family members.
 

AP
April 19, 2014 | NPR · The military’s training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?
 

AP
April 19, 2014 | NPR · General Motors delayed a safety recall of more than 330,000 cars, newly released federal documents show. The Saturn Ions were found to have defective power steering systems.
 

Arts & Life

April 20, 2014 | NPR · Author Craig Nova recommends three books that take a fresh approach to the age-old bildungsroman. The experience of growing up is both universal and unique — and, in these books, timeless.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he’s not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.
 

Ricardo Solis
April 19, 2014 | NPR · The pink on a flamingo? Stripes on a zebra? Spots on a giraffe? All explained. Simply. Elegantly. Oddly.
 

Music

April 19, 2014 | NPR · Canadian jazz saxophonist Christine Jensen has begun using a full “jazz orchestra” of up to 18 players, opening new horizons for her. NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with Jensen about her new album, Habitat.
 

Various for NPR
April 19, 2014 | NPR · The songs, videos and musical moments that stopped the All Songs host in his tracks. This week: A cat video, a live double rainbow and all the soles you can shake a camera at.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · A young Pakistani musician treats the guitar as a percussion instrument — with surprisingly shimmering results. He also performs a piano piece he wrote at just 16.
 

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