Hip Hop/R&B

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September 26, 2014 | NPR · “The best way to represent the places where you from is be yourself, completely,” says the musician and actor.
 

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September 22, 2014 | NPR · On Sunday, Sept. 14, 20 years and one day after Biggie Smalls’ debut album Ready to Die was released, we gathered four of the musician’s friends in Brooklyn to recall the man they knew.
 

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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.
 

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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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September 30, 2014 | ProPublica · A federal website set to go live Tuesday will disclose drug and device companies’ ties to doctors. The release marks a milestone, but could be misleading for patients checking up on their doctors.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · The NFL sides with fans who criticized an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty called on a Muslim player who prostrated himself in the end zone Monday night.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · The Bilateral Security Agreement, approved by newly inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani, will keep some U.S. forces in Afghanistan past the end of the year.
 

Arts & Life

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · If you’ve already read Gone Girl, or if you don’t mind swimming in a sea of spoilers, we’ve got a few thoughts that require giving up some of the book’s bigger secrets.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · Kirkus Reviews has been around, in varying forms, for over 80 years — but it’s the new kid in town this awards season. Today, the publication announced the finalists for its inaugural Kirkus Prize.
 

September 30, 2014 | NPR · Kim Zupan’s debut novel is about the relationship between a deputy sheriff and a hardened killer. This book explores the line between good and evil in a manner that’s as honest as it is unsettling.
 

Music

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · If Mr. Mister’s atmospheric ballad “Broken Wings” had been written for a proggy space opera, it might sound something like this cyberpunk slow jam.
 

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September 30, 2014 | WGBH · The L.A. singer performs the title cut from his new album, which evokes the sounds of vintage R&B.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · Grab yourself two free handfuls of new tunes selected by our panel of public-radio hosts, including new music from King Tuff, Sarah Jaffe, Frazey Ford, The Gotobeds, Hollie Cook and more.
 

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