Hip-hop musician Pras Michel of Fugees faces criminal trial in Washington, D.C., for allegedly conspiring to violate election law and influence American policymakers on behalf of China.
Not everyone who was part of rap's ascent gets included in its story. MC Sha-Rock, of the original Funky 4 and the Funky 4 + 1, reaffirms her role in hip-hop's formative years as the first woman MC.
In hip-hop, unwritten rules have forced Black women and queer artists to fight for space. Can the genre's rule-breakers push their way to the center, while pushing the culture forward?
Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana and having spent much of her music career in Australia, Sampa The Great returned to Zambia to make As Above So Below.
Ab-Soul's career is a prime example of how rap has grown over the past 50 years. For his Tiny Desk set, he hand-picked a live band and gave a display of raw honesty and next-level lyricism.
Trugoy brought skill and care-free charisma to De La Soul's innovative music, which helped to usher in a new age of hip-hop. After years of legal disputes, that music will soon be available again.
One of the most sought after producers in music brings a trio of familiar voices to the Tiny Desk.
The singsong rapper began as an oddity. His new "psych rock" album feels representative of his career arc.
As they have every year since 1986, members of the Hall will select from a group of nominees – though these days, the nominees tend to represent a wider spectrum of popular music.
Jeffery Lamar Williams, professionally known as Young Thug, stands accused of helping found a violent street gang in Georgia.
Lola "Gangsta Boo'' Mitchell was found dead Sunday in Memphis, Tenn., her hometown at the age of 43. The cause of death has not been released.
The charges stem from a dispute that took place after the rappers left a pool party at Kylie Jenner's house in Los Angeles in 2020. Lanez was accused of assaulting Megan by shooting her in both feet.
As the key witness for the prosecution, the Houston rapper spoke for the first time in explicit detail about the night Lanez allegedly shot her in 2020.
The trial comes after two years of back-and-forth and division in the hip-hop world. Lanez is charged with shooting fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion.
NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks with composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson about Lincoln Center's orchestral tribute to the Notorious B.I.G.