Hip Hop/R&B

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November 16, 2014 | NPR · If this is the first time you’re hearing of somebody called Your Old Droog, don’t even trip.
 

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November 13, 2014 | NPR · After initial success, the 30-year-old singer and songwriter, known for his Auto-Tuned hits, became a target for derision. It took time but now he’s made it clear: “I’m not fake.”
 

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November 11, 2014 | NPR · “Me and Mike have managed to find a decent way to express something symbolically that kids need to be able to say simply,” says El-P. “I’m taking it over.”
 

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November 10, 2014 | NPR · Caged Bird Songs pairs some of the late Maya Angelou’s poems and lyrics to hip-hop beats — but producer Shawn Rivera says the rhythms were already there.
 

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November 6, 2014 | NPR · New information on an album shelved back in 1994 has become fodder for even more discussions of the shadowy rapper — some focused on his murky origins and others about his plausible impact.
 

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November 4, 2014 | NPR · He who signed De La Soul, Queen Latifah and Digital Underground sat down with his old friend Ali Shaheed Muhammad to tell stories about Tribe, ODB, Cypress Hill and everybody in between.
 

November 2, 2014 | NPR · K.R.I.T. raps about what many rappers probably want to discuss (spirituality, discrimination, insecurity) but are afraid to. This strain of authenticity has cemented his place in the hearts of fans.
 

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October 28, 2014 | NPR · In two years since releasing his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Lamar has moved into hip-hop’s spotlight full time. Microphone Check‘s Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad explain why.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · The Atlanta rapper, actor and businessman spoke about being mentored by Andrew Young and using songwriting to talk to himself, as well as everybody else.
 

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October 3, 2014 | NPR · The hometown shows the duo played had a bittersweet quality because people thought it might be their last chance to see one of the most-respected and best-loved groups of all time together.
 

 

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · Sibling relationships are the longest-lasting family ties we have, and they’re among the most likely to bring health and happiness as we age. Think on that when your brother grabs the wishbone.
 

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · The author of such books as The Black Tower was best-known for her series featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.
 

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · The standard commercial American turkey is the product of decades of intense selective breeding. But breeding for efficiency and size has created new health problems scientists must grapple with.
 

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · The author of such books as The Black Tower was best-known for her series featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.
 

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November 26, 2014 | NPR · Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.
 

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November 26, 2014 | NPR · Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations.
 

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November 27, 2014 | NPR · Out of love and necessity, Stuart has become a country-music historian. “People were throwing things away,” he says. “I just took it as a family matter.”
 

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November 26, 2014 | WXPN · The British singer and songwriter’s voice fills subtle, muted arrangements with color.
 

November 26, 2014 | NPR · Ari Shapiro previews his Thanksgiving Day conversation with Melissa Etheridge.
 

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