Hip Hop/R&B

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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.”
 

Fox
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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December 18, 2014 | NPR · When she’s at her most vulnerable as a woman, she’s at her best creatively. The same way Mary J. Blige’s pain drove My Life, Nicki’s believable heartache steals the show on The Pinkprint.
 

FilmMagic
December 18, 2014 | NPR · Just a guess — you’re not done shopping yet, are you? Allow us to ease your load a bit with some thoughtful ideas for the hip-hop head on your list.
 

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December 16, 2014 | NPR · “I think the audience is becoming more aware,” he said backstage at the last date of his fall tour with Method Man. “Smarter.”
 

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December 12, 2014 | NPR · “I want to get whatever’s on my chest off my chest when it feels right,” says the rapper, who makes songs that turn the personal into the political.
 

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December 10, 2014 | NPR · “What really blowed my mind was the way it unified a room full of people,” says the Miami rapper, about his earliest memories of hip-hop. “That’s what we all have in common.”
 

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December 10, 2014 | NPR · The founding publicity director of Def Jam Records, Bill Adler, amassed a highly valuable collection of music, writing and images.
 

 

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News

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January 27, 2015 | NPR · Blizzard warnings were declared from Rhode Island to parts of New Hampshire and Maine Tuesday. Since Sunday, parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts have had more than two feet of snow.
 

AP
January 27, 2015 | NPR · When Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey are sentenced in March, they face decades in prison. Vandenburg was also convicted of tampering with evidence and unlawful photography.
 

January 27, 2015 | NPR · All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor 529 plans. Critics had called the proposal to limit them a tax hike on the middle class.
 

Arts & Life

Flickr
January 27, 2015 | NPR · Lost in a deep depression, Marie Mutsuki Mockett visited a temple owned by her mother’s family near Fukushima. There, she found traditions and ways of thought that helped her work through her grief.
 

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January 27, 2015 | NPR · What happens when you try to make a burger out of a pun? One blog, two years, and dozens of recipes later, millions of fans can now cook up their very own Bob’s burgers.
 

January 27, 2015 | NPR · Esther Freud’s new novel Mr. Mac and Me traces an unlikely friendship between a lonely boy and a struggling artist. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book has both technical prowess and grace.
 

Music

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January 27, 2015 | WXPN · The former lead singer of Men At Work tells the story of his band’s international success.
 

Mountain Stage
January 27, 2015 | NPR · Hear the Portland string band, with members of The Decemberists and Bearfoot, as it performs live.
 

NPR
January 27, 2015 | NPR · The Nashville singer writes with acidic wit in lines worthy of his old mentor, Shel Silverstein.
 

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