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Elliott Wilson (left) and Tyler The Creator Tuesday night at the Highline Ballroom.

Read The Tyler Interview: Silly, But With A Purpose

April 26, 2013 – In front of a paying audience, Tyler was flippantly entertaining and surprisingly vulnerable.

Talib Kweli's new album is titled Prisoner of Conscious.

Watch Talib Kweli On Mainstream Hip-Hop And Honoring The Old School

April 24, 2013 – The New York rapper says he's learned over the years to be accessible but honest to his craft.


Adrian Younge (left) and Ghostface onstage at the Seattle stop of their tour last week.

Watch The Ghostface Killah Rises Again

April 22, 2013 – A high-concept album by a veteran rapper and a film composer knits together hip-hop and soul music.


Boots Riley, in the opening of The Coup's video for "Not Yet Free."

Watch This Was 1993: 20 Years Ago I Heard The Perfect Rap Song

April 17, 2013 – Writer Kiese Laymon swore that hip-hop would never be the same after The Coup's "Not Yet Free."

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson also teaches a class at New York University called "Topics in Recorded Music: Classic Albums."

Read Tall Glass Of Rock Star-Ness: A Q&A With Questlove

April 15, 2013 – Questlove, drummer and co-founder of The Roots, talks about his upcoming memoir.

The Wu-Tang Clan. Clockwise from left: Ol' Dirty Bastard, the GZA, the RZA, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. Center, from left, Method Man and U-God.

Watch The Wu-Tang Clan's 20-Year Plan

April 8, 2013 – The group's 1993 debut was the opening shot of a plan to open up the rap music industry.


Ghostface Killah with Adrian Younge and his band, Venice Dawn, after their first performance together. Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge's new album, Twelve Reasons To Die, comes out April 16.

Read First Listen: Ghostface Killah And Adrian Younge, 'Twelve Reasons To Die'

April 8, 2013 – In the tradition of the Wu-Tang Clan, this collaboration is brash and Technicolor and heartfelt.

A still from the video for E-40's 1993 song "Practice Looking Hard," in which rappers like The Coup's Boots Riley (second from right) and Tupac (not pictured) also appeared.

Watch The Many Sounds Of 1993 Bay Area Rap

March 28, 2013 – Overlooked by the industry, Bay Area rappers followed two rules: Do it yourself, and be yourself.


Action Bronson performs at a party presented by Warner Sound at the Belmont in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2013.

Watch Action Bronson: NPR Front Row

March 16, 2013 – Watch the New York rapper get swallowed up by the SXSW crowd during "Strictly 4 My Jeeps."

Chance the Rapper at SXSW 2013

Watch Chance The Rapper: NPR Front Row

March 16, 2013 – Watch the Chicago native as he prowls the stage, inciting fans to shake off their hangovers.

Wan Joon Kim (right), with his son Kirk and wife, Boo Ja, at their stall inside the Compton Swap Meet last January.

Watch Gangsta Rap Swap Meet Proprietor Wan Joon Kim Has Died

March 14, 2013 – Kim sold some of the earliest work of DJ Quik and Eazy-E when few stores would sell their music.


Le1f performs at NPR Music's 2013 SXSW Showcase at Stubb's.

Watch Le1f, Live In Concert

March 14, 2013 – The New York rapper whips his glow-in-the-dark hair back and forth during a mesmerizing set.

Composer and producer Adrian Younge has produced two new albums: one with William Hart of The Delfonics and another with rapper Ghostface Killah.

Watch Adrian Younge: Looking Back To Move Hip-Hop Forward

March 12, 2013 – Spaghetti Westerns, Philadelphia soul, opera and Wu-Tang come together in the producer's music.


D'Angelo and Questlove on Monday night at Brooklyn Bowl.

Watch D'Angelo And Questlove Bare The Roots Of 'Voodoo'

March 5, 2013 – Monday night was a chance to see an artist defined by distance and mystery up close.

Adrian Younge (left) and William Hart. Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics comes out March 12.

Read First Listen: The Delfonics, 'Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics'

March 4, 2013 – This cross-generational production has resulted in songs that get under your skin and stay there.

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