Hip Hop/R&B

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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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June 29, 2014 | NPR · Ahead of a new memoir, the rapper talks “real world” parenting, systemic racism, rhyming along to Mary J. Blige and being a celebrity in prison.
 

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June 27, 2014 | NPR · Sampling music isn’t about “hijacking nostalgia wholesale,” says DJ Mark Ronson. It’s about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while pushing that story forward.
 

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June 20, 2014 | NPR · The most philosophical member of Top Dawg Entertainment in a Microphone Check conversation about Ab’s high expectations of his audience and what he’s trying to make for them.
 

 

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · It took officials about four hours to figure out which valve needed to be closed. By then, the UCLA campus was under water, with some staircases looking like waterfalls.
 

July 30, 2014 | NPR · The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there’s no money for injured players.
 

July 30, 2014 | NPR · A U.N. spokesman said Israeli tank shells hit the school Wednesday, killing 15 Palestinians and wounding 90. The agency is housing scores of people displaced by the fighting in schools across Gaza.
 

Arts & Life

July 30, 2014 | NPR · Amy Bloom’s new novel follows two half-sisters from a disastrous stint in 1920s Hollywood, to happiness with an unexpected, impromptu family group in the disruptive years around World War II.
 

July 29, 2014 | NPR · Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.
 

ABC
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Monday night’s Bachelorette finale went in a very unusual direction for a show that usually denies the degree to which it’s about sex.
 

Music

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · Download new music from Hiss Golden Messenger, Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis, Azekel, Beach Day, Strand of Oaks, The Wytches, Christian Gregory, KING, Jonah Tolchin and The Acid.
 

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July 29, 2014 | WXPN · For the U.S. release, singer-songwriter John Grant fashioned English lyrics to go with the Icelandic musician’s melodies. For our Vintage Cafe today, Ásgeir sings live in the World Cafe studios.
 

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July 29, 2014 | NPR · “Cowboy” Jack Clement produced and wrote songs for the likes of Johnny Cash and George Jones. On his final album, the late visionary reclaims some of those tunes and makes them his own.
 

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