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First Listen

First Listen: BJ The Chicago Kid, 'In My Mind'

The Windy City soul man has established himself as a supreme collaborator; his Motown debut features guest spots from Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper.

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Microphone Check

Mr. MFN eXquire: 'I Evolved As A Man'

Crown Heights came to North Hollywood so we could talk about crossed signals on the highways between artist and industry.

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All Songs Considered

New Mix: Santigold, Macklemore, PJ Harvey, Iggy Pop, More

In this week's mix, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton showcase a number of artists who reflect on their past to make powerful new music.

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Songs We Love

Songs We Love: Anderson .Paak feat. The Game & Sonya Elise, 'Room In Here'

An intimate track from the long-awaited new album by Los Angeles singer-rapper who stole the show on Dr. Dre's Compton.

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