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Natalie "The Floacist" Stewart's second solo album is Floacist Presents: Floetry Rebirth.

Watch The Floacist: A Soul Poet Says Yes To Moving On

February 26, 2013 – Natalie Stewart, best known as half of the duo Floetry, has remade herself as a solo artist.


G Dep in "Let's Get It."

Watch Where Does The Harlem Shake Actually Come From?

February 21, 2013 – It all started with mummies and a basketball tournament, depending on whom you ask.


Bilal's new album, A Love Surreal, comes out Feb. 26.

Read First Listen: Bilal, 'A Love Surreal'

February 17, 2013 – The soul singer explores the contours of intense emotions with patience and psychedelic insight.

Frank Ocean performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2012.

Read Frank Ocean's Big Year, And What Hasn't Changed In Hip-Hop

February 9, 2013 – Ocean's six Grammy nods round out a year in which his sexuality was as big a topic as his music.


The Pharcyde (from left to right, Tre "SlimKid3" Hardson, Romye Robinson, Emandu "Imani" Wilcox and Derrick "Fatlip" Stewart) backstage at KMEL's Summer Jam in July 1993 in Mountain View, Calif.

Watch The Bizarre 20-Year Ride Of Two Pharcydes

February 6, 2013 – In November of 1992 the unruly, exuberant quartet loosed their debut album upon the world.

The cover of Dawn Richard's Goldenheart.

Watch All The Singular Ladies: 6 Women At The Cutting Edge Of R&B

January 30, 2013 – In 2013, women are poised to take the mantle of progressive R&B. Here are a few worth watching.

Odd Future offshoot The Internet performs live at KEXP in Seattle.

Watch The Internet: Odd Future's Smooth Side KEXP

January 29, 2013 – Watch Matt Martians and Syd The Kid perform "Give It Time," live on KEXP's Street Sounds. KEXP

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.


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