A proper debut LP from the voice of The Roots was rumored for two decades at least. Finally here, Cheat Codes isn't just excellent: It's a product of all the years it went unmade.
The First Nations rapper comes from "a place of understanding [that] at the end of the day everybody is human and we all have a lack of knowledge that we can expand on." His debut album is out today.
The songs we love from the first half of the year span a wide emotional and musical range, from wild percussive romps to raw pleas for empathy to Beyoncé's command to leave it all on the dance floor.
Gary Bartz shares stories from his sixty-plus-year career, covering everything from bebop to hip-hop. Hear a heartfelt conversation between the legendary saxophonist and host Christian McBride.
In an interview with Morning Edition, rapper Logic explains the central message of his new album, Vinyl Days: "I rap good! Let's just be honest here."
Larry June is the indie-rap hustle personified. Though the Bay Area emcee has a prodigious output, his (home) concert reflects the comfortable, laid-back tone of his records.
NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks with the rapper about making his new album It's Almost Dry, working with Kanye and Pharrell and reflecting on what longevity looks like in hip-hop.
Lil Nas X, who publicly came out in 2019, says his sexuality was a reason for his lack of BET Awards nominations this year.
The celebrated Afrobeat star performs an upbeat Tiny Desk (home) concert including several songs from his debut album.
Mariel Semonte Orr, known professionally as Trouble, was shot once in the chest and killed at an apartment in Conyers, Georgia. Authorities have arrested the suspected shooter, Jamichael Jones.