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July 24, 2014 | NPR · The Los Angeles rapper tells Microphone Check the true stories behind his debut album and the rise of his partner, DJ Mustard.
 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · One of the biggest and developing stories in hip-hop is the Los Angeles label Top Dawg Entertainment. The company employs an in-house production team responsible for its best and best-loved songs.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · Lese Majesty is MC and producer Ishmael Butler’s most relentlessly noncommercial chapter yet. No hits, no singles; just raw, graceful tunes from the inventive former leader of Digable Planets.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · The enigmatic leader of Shabazz Palaces says his process is instinctive, non-linear and, sometimes, beyond his own understanding. Read Ishmael Butler’s extended interview with All Things Considered.
 

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July 3, 2014 | NPR · “It’s strange to admit it, but this is kinda the job we were born for,” Questlove says of his group’s serving as house band for The Tonight Show.
 

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July 2, 2014 | NPR · Know your Sylvan Esso from your Future Islands, or Ana Tijoux from André Laos? Test your knowledge of current music in this puzzler and discover the year’s best songs.
 

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July 1, 2014 | NPR · “I met James Brown as a kid. I was seven years old,” says the renowned producer. “I wasn’t the same since.”
 

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June 29, 2014 | NPR · Ahead of a new memoir, the rapper talks “real world” parenting, systemic racism, rhyming along to Mary J. Blige and being a celebrity in prison.
 

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June 27, 2014 | NPR · Sampling music isn’t about “hijacking nostalgia wholesale,” says DJ Mark Ronson. It’s about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while pushing that story forward.
 

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June 20, 2014 | NPR · The most philosophical member of Top Dawg Entertainment in a Microphone Check conversation about Ab’s high expectations of his audience and what he’s trying to make for them.
 

 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat, and he’s preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat’s bid will be complicated by plagiarism allegations.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · The Los Angeles rapper tells Microphone Check the true stories behind his debut album and the rise of his partner, DJ Mustard.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · If no contract deal is reached by July 31, Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers to plan for a work stoppage the next day.
 

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July 24, 2014 | KCRW · Amarante is well known in his home country of Brazil as part of Los Hermanos and, here in the states, he made a name for himself as a member of LA group Little Joy. Watch him perform “Mana” at KCRW.
 

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