Hip Hop/R&B

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · The Brooklyn rapper spoke to Microphone Check about the music business, the old neighborhood, the kids and a theoretical campaign to be Mayor of New York City.
 

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September 14, 2014 | NPR · The rapper turned pop singer’s accessible, soaring voice is propelled by genuine charisma and heart, as she constructs her savvy, sweet pop out of sonically irresistible ingredients.
 

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September 12, 2014 | NPR · The writer dream hampton knew the rapper personally, and sat in on the studio sessions for his debut album.
 

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September 5, 2014 | NPR · The DJ and producer best known for an album he released in 1996 on sampling, preservation, history and progression.
 

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September 3, 2014 | NPR · The Oakland group most widely known for the ageless “93 ’til Infinity” has made a new concept album based on a true story. To make it, they went old school.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The instrumental hip-hop band’s third record is their first of completely original material.
 

KEXP
September 2, 2014 | KEXP · Shabazz Palaces’ music sounds like nothing else. Watch Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire bring an interplanetary vibe to “They Come In Gold” during their recent visit to KEXP’s studios in Seattle.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · Prodigy, one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the curator of Infamous Books, an imprint of Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. His debut novel H.N.I.C. was published in 2013.
 

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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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September 19, 2014 | NPR · The shooter, Don Spirit, 51, had done time in prison on firearms violations in connection with the shooting death of his 8-year-old son during a 2001 hunting accident.
 

AP
September 19, 2014 | NPR · President Francois Hollande says the Rafale fighters “entirely destroyed” a logistics depot. His office said more air operations against Islamic State militants would be conducted in coming days.
 

EPA/Landov
September 19, 2014 | NPR · At final count, the “no” votes won by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. The British prime minister said it had settled the question “for a generation.”
 

Arts & Life

Voltage Pictures
September 19, 2014 | NPR · Terry Gilliam’s latest sci-fi drama stars Christoph Waltz as a computer whiz working to decipher the titular equation. But the film’s future is disappointingly similar to those we’ve seen many times.
 

September 19, 2014 | NPR · Kevin Smith’s horror story about a podcaster who gets his kicks by humiliating others winds up making primarily its own director and cast look bad.
 

September 19, 2014 | NPR · Mia Wasikowska takes a long and lonely trek across the Australian desert in a film that leaves her character a bit unformed, but features a strong central performance and a surprising friendship.
 

Music

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September 19, 2014 | NPR · Now that the Scottish people have voted to remain in the United Kingdom, it’s time to salute their classical musicians — from soprano Mary Garden to composer James MacMillan.
 

Redferns
September 19, 2014 | NPR · It begins, “Do you remember?” — and we supply the memories. Dan Charnas tells the origin story of the Earth, Wind & Fire hit that still unites generations on the dance floor.
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · Chris Staples’ American Soft is one of the discoveries of the year. This video captures the song’s feeling of being unsettled as it follows a trio of characters who roam the streets in slow motion.
 

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