Hip Hop/R&B

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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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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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October 25, 2014 | NPR · Google’s Alan Eustace fell from an altitude of more than 135,000 feet, plummeting for some 15 minutes. The jump broke the record of 127,852 feet that Felix Baumgartner set in 2012.
 

Peru's Ministry of Culture
October 25, 2014 | NPR · The find was announced by Peru’s Ministry of Culture, which says the 13-angled stone was part of a water system that irrigated a strategically important area southeast of Lima.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · Students of Marysville-Pilchuck High School describe a desperate scene — and in at least one case, a teacher is being credited with helping to prevent more killing.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · For decades, Florence Henderson, who presided over the Brady Bunch, was America’s perfect Mom. We’ll ask Henderson three questions about the Ig Nobels — awarded for real, if ridiculous, research.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · Chuck Palahniuk aims for piquant social satire in his new novel, but reviewer (and longtime fan) Jason Sheehan finds his fandom severely dented by lazy characterizations and lack of actual satire.
 

Riverhead
October 25, 2014 | NPR · Farah’s latest is called Hiding in Plain Sight. It’s the story of Bella, a Somali photographer living in Rome who gets drawn into the lives of her niece and nephew after her half-brother is killed.
 

Music

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · Christmas yields dozens of holiday albums each year. But, “Monster Mash” aside, what of Halloween?
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · The Danish String Quartet doesn’t live on Brahms and Beethoven alone. Watch the versatile group play Danish folk tunes, from centuries-old Fanø wedding dances to traditional Roskilde reels.
 

October 25, 2014 | NPR · The oratorio is a time-honored way for classical composers to tell a big story. Composer Ted Hearne thinks so too. His new oratorio, The Source, takes on the story of Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks.
 

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