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 23, 2014 | NPR · The fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling a number of health issues. He was 78.
 

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · A community is holding its breath, awaiting a decision on whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18. Brown’s family is calling for calm.
 

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · In a recent article, a student named Jackie describes how her initial excitement of being invited to a party was replaced by fear and violence, after a group of men trapped her in a room.
 

Arts & Life

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · Andy Cohen is host of Watch What Happens Live and also the Bravo producer responsible for the Real Housewives franchise. He’ll play a game called “Bzzz … bzzz … bzzz.”
 

November 22, 2014 | NPR · From NPR’s Guy Raz, host of the TED Radio Hour: the story of environmentalist John Francis, who took a 17-year vow of silence — and what he learned about the power of quiet.
 

November 22, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Carolyn Chute about her new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves. The book follows a reporter as she investigates a remote commune and its charismatic leader.
 

Music

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · The Big Lebowski star Jeff Bridges is known as an actor, but he’s been playing music for just as long. “Whenever I’m working, I’ll have my guitar with me,” he says.
 

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · The Dinosaur Jr. frontman, one of the world’s loudest musicians, performs unplugged and acoustic in the NPR Music offices.
 

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November 22, 2014 | NPR · Thoughts on whether superior technique actually detracts from music’s quality.
 

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