On her album, Black Rainbows, Bailey Rae was inspired by the art, books and magazines at the Stony Island Arts Bank, a repository for Black history on Chicago's South Side, created by Gates.
In 1995, the Memphis hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia took a shoestring DIY approach to recording their debut album, Mystic Stylez. Their example led to a flourishing independent hip-hop scene.
The Spanish artist dances along the border of tradition and modernity in his Tiny Desk performance.
The country music star is known for his songs about rural life, but critics, especially those on the left of the political spectrum, say his latest music video takes the nostalgic themes too far.
The multidisciplinary artist addresses systems of oppression by collecting and sharing stories through music, film and visual art.
The five-time Grammy winner has mounted two operas at the Metropolitan Opera, which until 2021 had never staged a work by a Black composer. Hear him discuss the future of opera with Lara Downes.
The electronic producer and songwriter moves seamlessly in this jam-packed Tiny Desk.
The rap icon treated fans to an epic set featuring the best of her sprawling discography.
The drummer, singer and producer gives a virtuosic display of musicianship, lyricism and artistic innovation at the Tiny Desk.
The New Zealand band writes sparkling indie pop underpinned by empathy. At the Tiny Desk, you can hear that support and camaraderie in the band's stripped-down arrangements and dry banter.
This magical, four-song set is an Athens, Ga., insider's dream.
Tye Tribbett brings his high energy praise music to the Tiny Desk in a set of six inspiring songs.
It's hard to overstate the kindness and good-natured humor the U2 singer and guitarist brought to this set, where they performed reimagined songs from All That You Can't Leave Behind.
Watch the restless singer-songwriter in a set of penetrating new tunes, capped with a breathtaking love song.
The singer-songwriter has impressed us with her Tiny Desk Contest entries over the last few years; at the Desk, she brought confidence, a sense of belonging and a brilliant set of songs.