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Big Freedia (the stage name of New Orleans native Freddie Ross) is one of the biggest stars of the hip-hop subculture known as bounce.

Watch Big Freedia Lays Out The Basics Of Bounce

January 27, 2013 – Freedia may be the most visible star of the hard-dancing hip-hop subculture out of New Orleans.


Jake Scott (a.k.a. 2 Pi), with student.

Watch 2 Pi: Rhymes And Radii

January 8, 2013 – One high school math teacher connects with his students by turning quadratic equations into hip-hop.


Miguel, whose album Kaleidoscope Dream was released in 2012, is nominated for five Grammy Awards.

Watch Miguel: An 'Honest Introduction' To An R&B Star

December 31, 2012 – The Grammy-nominated singer says his 2012 breakout is the introduction he's waited a decade for.


Rye Rye.

Watch Rye Rye Just Wants To Be 'Young And Playful'

December 27, 2012 – Rye Rye's debut album was all set to be released in 2009, but then her life got in the way.


2 Chainz performing in London in November.

Watch 2 Chainz: A Pop Star For All Of Us

December 25, 2012 – He laces his bouncy, terse rhymes with a charisma reminiscent of another musician — Ringo Starr.

Killer Mike performing at Moogfest in October.

Watch The Best Rap Of 2012: A Conversation

December 25, 2012 – Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley remember the year in hip-hop.

Ne-Yo's newest album is called R.E.D.

Watch Ne-Yo On A Career Made Stronger By Missteps

December 23, 2012 – The singer says his transition from songwriter to performer was clumsy, but instructive.


Homeboy Sandman's fourth album is called First of a Living Breed.

Read Homeboy Sandman: A Rapper Leaves Law Behind

December 19, 2012 – The New York MC gave up a promising career path to rap full time.


Reverend Run: From Rapper To Preacher

December 19, 2012 – Host Michel Martin talks with Rev. Run about his evolution from rapper to preacher.


Robin Thicke performs in Feburary. His song, "Another Life" leaked on the Internet this summer, but didn't land on the charts.

Watch Top 5 Slept-On R&B Songs Of 2012

December 12, 2012 – Many singers made great R&B away from the mainstream this year. Here are five worth your attention.

R. Kelly (left) as Sylvester, and Eric Lane as Twan, in Trapped in the Closet, which relaunched with new chapters last week on IFC.

Read R. Kelly's Queer, Campy 'Closet' Reopens

November 27, 2012 – The R&B singer recently unveiled new chapters in his melodramatic Trapped in the Closet series.


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."


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