Drake this summer in Los Angeles.
November 16, 2011 Thumbs both up and down for the new album by the Toronto rap star.
Big Daddy Kane in the ring. In a suit.
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November 4, 2011 Ralph McDaniels, creator and host of a legendary hip-hop TV show, takes us behind the scenes of Big Daddy Kane's classic video from 1988.
A displeased-looking Jeff Tweedy, onstage in 2009.
October 26, 2011 Dad rock, 'NPR Muzak' and the phenomenon of knee-jerk reactions to a genre growing up (or old?).
Dafnis Prieto, pumped. Photographed on September 14, 2011 in New York City.
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September 20, 2011 The fellows include a choral conductor and composer, a jazz drummer and composer, and a cellist.
Music writers from New Orleans to New Jersey wrote about everyone from King Louie to William DeVaughn to Beyonce.
September 1, 2011 We asked music writers from New Orleans to New Jersey to tell us about their summer jam.
Musicians from San Francisco to Nashville picked songs by everyone from Erykah Badu to My Bloody Valentine.
August 31, 2011 We asked musicians from San Francisco to London to tell us their summer jam.
Miguel, who says he wrote "Sure Thing" to get back the girlfriend he had cheated on. It worked.
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August 30, 2011 Miguel wrote this perfectly textured summer song to win back a girlfriend he cheated on. It worked.
G-Side's Clova (left) and ST.
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August 24, 2011 In this unreleased track, the Alabama rap duo tells a familiar story conversationally and visually.
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Kanye West and Jay-Z perform onstage at The Cosmopolitan Grand Opening and New Year's Eve Celebration on December 31, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
August 9, 2011 Fans and critics are speaking volumes about Jay-Z and Kanye West's new album. Guest host Allison Keyes speaks with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Frannie Kelley about why the album is such a big deal, and how some of lyrics reflect themes of family, gender roles and race.
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Metronomy, from left to right, Oscar Cash, Anna Prior, Gbenga Adelekan and Joseph Mount.
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July 28, 2011 Metronomy, recently nominated for the Mercury Prize, calls its song "Some Written" "a bit weird."
A Tribe Called Quest in the early days. From left to right, Jarobi White, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Phife Dawg.
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July 21, 2011 They were one of the most successful and influential groups of all time. They came up with an original style which stood apart in their time, the early '90s — and somehow, they managed to do it together. They are no longer together. A new film tries to explain why.
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Blitz The Ambassador — born in Ghana, resident in Brooklyn. His new album is called Native Son.
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July 9, 2011 Rapper and teacher Blitz The Ambassador uses music to fit his two homes, and his two jobs, together.
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Bruce Springsteen, the NPR audience favorite, plays in front of the flag, circa 1984.
July 4, 2011 You told us the songs that make you proud to be from wherever you're from, be it the U.S., Argentina or Brooklyn.
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Start 'em early.
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June 17, 2011 Last week we asked you to call your dad or your grandpa and ask what his favorite song was when he was your age. Their favorite songs surprised us, and your memories of listening to music with Dad reminded us why music is important to us in the first place.
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Jill Scott's new album, The Light of the Sun, comes out June 21.
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June 12, 2011 It's not as if she ever really had a frivolous phase, but on The Light of the Sun, Scott sounds especially composed. She's powerful, and she's fighting the good fight.
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