Hip Hop/R&B

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February 13, 2015 | NPR · Now, more than ever, young standard-bearers of West Coast rap complicate the default nihilism of their forbears with complex and often contradictory emotional content.
 

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February 12, 2015 | NPR · Going off his bars, you could assume Fortune is playing the part of the nihilistic, narcissistic rapper. But now he’s showing us that’s not the case. Not by a long shot.
 

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February 11, 2015 | NPR · The producer and multi-instrumentalist on the Kendrick Lamar album he’s working on, Snoop and love.
 

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February 2, 2015 | NPR · The rapper and producer hasn’t released an album of new songs since 2005, but on Sunday night her old hits were more than enough.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · After 24 years in the music business, the producer and rapper from Compton, Calif., knows what’s going on. He told Microphone Check studio secrets, a Rick James story, and all about the funk.
 

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January 28, 2015 | NPR · A posthumously published interview reveals the New York rap impresario’s insights, directness and humor that made him so beloved in the music community.
 

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January 25, 2015 | NPR · The Minneapolis rap crew is back with the album All Hands. NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with members Dessa and P.O.S.
 

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January 20, 2015 | NPR · The Rhode Island-born producer and DJ tells the story of the father/son talk he once had with Cam’ron, delineates EDM and hip-hop and calls out the whole music industry for being flaky.
 

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January 8, 2015 | NPR · “Whatever I feel like is missing, or whatever type of track or energy I’m trying to feel or I feel like I’m not hearing in wherever music is at that period of time, I try to create it.”
 

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January 7, 2015 | NPR · Fox’s new drama about the family behind a music mega-company is pretty standard soapy television with some nice performances and a limited understanding of music.
 

 

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February 27, 2015 | NPR · Father Ted, as he was known to his friends, was influential in reshaping Catholic higher education. He was also a champion for human rights and nuclear disarmament.
 

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February 27, 2015 | NPR · For your weekend, here are three recommendations for stories that may surprise you about the rise of OxyContin, the fall of Venezuela and an undocumented immigrant who made money for Goldman Sachs.
 

Arts & Life

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February 27, 2015 | NPR · Survivors Annie Clark and Andrea Pino brought a Title IX complaint against the University of North Carolina. “This is not about UNC,” Clark says. “We’re not doing this to vilify our institution.”
 

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February 27, 2015 | NPR · NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews Eastern Boys, a French film that is half love story, half home invasion drama.
 

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February 27, 2015 | NPR · The Star Trek actor, writer, poet and photographer has died of lung disease at 83. NPR’s Neda Ulaby has a look back at the long career of the man who was (and was not) Spock.
 

Music

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February 27, 2015 | WXPN · The man who chooses music for shows like Weeds and True Blood discusses making his own album.
 

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February 27, 2015 | NPR · The retro singer-songwriter proclaims his love for a charming and alarming Hoosier girl who bats right, throws left.
 

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February 27, 2015 | NPR · Our recurring puzzler for careful listeners features this week a selection of drum fills handpicked by Steve Jordan. Hear the fill and match it to the song.
 

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