provided by:

Hip-Hop archive

Solange Knowles.

Read Song Premiere: Solange, 'Lovers In The Parking Lot'

November 21, 2012 – A new album by the R&B singer, who has a mega-famous sister and an indie cohort, drops next week.


A still from the video for "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Watch It Isn't (Just) Ironic: In Defense Of The Hipster

November 20, 2012 – A rising hit by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis helps refute the idea that irony dominates youth culture.

DJ Shadow's latest release is the career-spanning, limited-edition box set Reconstructed.

Watch DJ Shadow On Sampling As A 'Collage Of Mistakes'

November 17, 2012 – The hip-hop producer says he loves scouring old records in search of "accidental brilliance."


Miguel, in a still from the video for "The Thrill," performed live at Different Fur Studios.

Watch First Watch: Miguel, 'The Thrill (Live)'

November 15, 2012 – This live in-studio performance distills the best parts of the R&B singer into a single video.

Screenshot from Lushlife's "Magnolia" video.

Watch What Can You Make With $80 And A Hot Glue Gun?

November 5, 2012 – The low-budget video for Lushlife's "Magnolia" takes a simple idea to an astonishing end.

Cody ChesnuTT's new album, Landing on a Hundred, comes out Oct. 23.

Read First Listen: Cody ChesnuTT, 'Landing On A Hundred'

October 21, 2012 – ChesnuTT's new album is a dynamite collection of timeless, celebratory, searching soul music.

MC Ride of Death Grips.

Watch Death Grips In Concert Soundcheck

October 19, 2012 – Performing mostly in a fitting haze of red, the group creates a visceral experience on stage. Soundcheck


R. Kelly's "Single Ladies" tour, which includes a "Ladies Only" section, began this week and runs into December.

Watch For The Ladies: R. Kelly, Teddy Pendergrass And The State Of R And B

October 18, 2012 – Nelson George says R. Kelly's tour is an effort to reconnect R&B to its most devoted fans.

Read K'Naan Brings Down Walls On 'Country, God Or The Girl'

October 16, 2012 – The best-selling, Somali-born rapper remains a versatile and powerful songwriter on his new album.


Jaden Smith in a still from "The Coolest."

Watch This Is My Jam: Jaden Smith's 'The Coolest'

October 5, 2012 – Why we like what we like is a mystery. Kwasi Ansu says the Fresh Prince 2.0 surprised him.

Read Welcome To Jay-Z's Brooklyn

October 3, 2012 – Last Friday the first performance in a new arena signaled a change in both Brooklyn and hip-hop.

Brother Ali's fifth studio album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, came out last week.

Watch Brother Ali: A Voice For The Suffering

September 26, 2012 – The veteran rapper takes on thorny issues throughout Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color.


Frank Ocean performs at Angel Orensanz Church. The special show was announced that day and a few hundred lucky fans were able to RSVP for free tickets.

Read Frank Ocean And Bon Iver Surprise Lucky NYC Fans

September 25, 2012 – See photos from a surprise show featuring two of today's most recognizable voices.


Read First Listen: Miguel, 'Kaleidoscope Dream'

September 23, 2012 – The singer gleefully smashes together R&B, pop and rock to make love songs about the early days.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor