Hip Hop/R&B

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March 30, 2015 | NPR · Jean Grae is a rapper, a singer, a writer, a comedian and an actress. She doesn’t run out of ideas. Her most recent album is called That’s Not How You Do That: An Instructional Album For Adults.
 

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March 26, 2015 | NPR · At SXSW, when a good portion of the crowd is likely drinking cheap beer, it’s important to stay healthy in the heat. The Chicago hip-hop artist wants you to stay hydrated. No, really.
 

NPR
March 24, 2015 | NPR · “This is the first thing that I’ve said that I fully stand behind,” the 21-year-old rapper says of his new album. “I’ve never been this transparent with myself or with music.”
 

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March 21, 2015 | NPR · The Compton rapper’s set was made up of personal songs that built with increasing intensity. There was no affect — all legitimacy and promise.
 

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March 18, 2015 | NPR · Kendrick Lamar’s long-awaited new album dropped late Sunday night, nine days early. On it, the rapper wades into our current moment of peril around race, inequality and brutality.
 

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March 18, 2015 | NPR · The pillar of New York’s ASAP Mob speaks about his aesthetic choices, the way he imagines our far off future and what he’s learned from Missy Elliott.
 

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March 13, 2015 | NPR · Born in New York to Indian parents, Heems watched the Sept. 11 attacks from his high school. The Das Racist rapper’s new album explores how life changed, for himself and his community, after that day.
 

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March 12, 2015 | NPR · Call it weaponized wordplay. When rappers want to make a statement, they call this Jamaican dancehall star — but they don’t call his name.
 

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March 9, 2015 | NPR · Steinberg began managing Tupac Shakur in the late ’80s and stepped away from that role in 1993. She didn’t manage another musician for almost 20 years, until she started working with Earl Sweatshirt.
 

KEXP
March 9, 2015 | KEXP · Transcend space and time as the soulful, psychedelic hip-hop duo performs “Recognition.”
 

 

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News

April 1, 2015 | NPR · The in-flight catalog went bankrupt earlier this year. But its new owners say SkyMall catalogs might make their way back to airplane seatbacks soon.
 

AP
April 1, 2015 | NPR · The indictment against Sen. Robert Menendez alleges he took hundreds of thousands of dollars and extravagant gifts from a friend and donor in exchange for political favors.
 

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April 1, 2015 | NPR · The case of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has focused attention on what Lufthansa, or any employer, can really know about an employee’s state of mind. Requiring a psychological evaluation has risks, too.
 

Arts & Life

Vineyard Gazette
April 1, 2015 | NPR · Poet and author Margaret Howe Freydburg died last week at 107; she wrote and published well past her 100th birthday. Her friend Nancy Slonim Aronie has an appreciation of a remarkable woman.
 

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April 1, 2015 | NPR · When Johanna Basford first told her publisher she wanted to draw books for adults — well, she says, “You can imagine how quiet they were.” Today, both of her books have become sell-out successes.
 

April 1, 2015 | NPR · Alex Gibney intersperses recently unearthed concert footage from 1971 with vintage and newly recorded interviews to make Sinatra: All or Nothing At All. It’s illuminating and by no means a puff piece.
 

Music

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April 1, 2015 | NPR · Fiona Ritchie selects some of the best new sounds from artists both rising and well-established.
 

April 1, 2015 | NPR · The mostly instrumental cuts draw on salsa, funk, soul and rock from vintage and new performers.
 

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April 1, 2015 | WXPN · The Canadian singer discusses his new album, which was produced by Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew.
 

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