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Mala Rodriguez on stage at the Mulafest Festival in Madrid in June.

Watch Mala Rodriguez And The Women Of Latin Hip-Hop

October 10, 2013 – The genre has some of the most creative and politically savvy female personalities in the industry.


Iamsu! performing at the Street Execs showcase Thursday night.

Read A3C, Atlanta's Hip-Hop Festival, Expands

October 9, 2013 – Growing pains aside, the festival is beginning to transcend generations and geography.

Deltron 3030 has reconvened, more than a decade after its self-titled debut, for the new album Event II. Left to right: Kid Koala, Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan "The Automator" Nakamura.

Watch Deltron 3030 Travels Back To The Future With 'Event II'

October 4, 2013 – NPR speaks with the hip-hop group about the long-awaited sequel to its dystopian debut.


Pusha T.

Watch Video: Pusha T Feat. Kendrick Lamar, 'Nosetalgia'

October 3, 2013 – The single-shot video makes plain the stakes and the skills both rappers are working with.

Producer Jake One in Seattle in 2011.

Read This Beat's For You: The Making Of Drake's 'Furthest Thing'

October 2, 2013 – Producer Jake One guided the song through many hands before it landed on Nothing Was the Same.

Drake at 106 & Park on Monday.

Watch Drizzy Sings The Blues

September 28, 2013 – Drake's magic is his ability to mix blues confessionalism with a take-it-or-leave it inauthenticity.

On September 29, 1998, Outkast's Aquemini came out the same day as A Tribe Called Quest's The Love Movement, Brand Nubian's The Foundation and Jay-Z's Vol. 2, Hard Knock Life.

Read The Choice Is Yours: 10 Great Rap Release Dates Of The 1990s

September 25, 2013 – The fat spectrum of hip-hop music released in the '90s made Tuesdays a day of tough decisions.

Elvis Costello and ?uestlove of The Roots.

Read Elvis Costello And The Roots On World Cafe WXPN

September 24, 2013 – The stars appear in the studio to perform songs from their new collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost. WXPN


?uestlove and The Roots play backing band to Elvis Costello on the new collaborative album Wise Up Ghost.

Watch ?uestlove And Elvis Costello On Writing Together

September 22, 2013 – Costello and The Roots have forged one of the more unusual, invigorating partnerships of the year.


Drake performing in Paris last April.

Watch Drake And Pop Music's Good Girl Problem

September 18, 2013 – In unstable times likes ours, the good girl's temptation or redemption resurfaces as a theme.

Eight Million Stories: Hip-Hop In 1993.

Read Microphone Check Presents: 'Eight Million Stories: Hip-Hop In 1993'

September 16, 2013 – Microphone Check will tape an evening of stories about one of the most creative years in hip-hop.

In Control.

Watch Marley Marl On The Bridge Wars, LL Cool J And Discovering Sampling

September 12, 2013 – The producer also tells stories about Mr. Magic, Pete Rock, Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie.


Andre Hicks, who performed under the name Mac Dre, on the cover of his album What's Really Going On?

Read Federal Drug Case Ensnares The Home Of Hyphy

September 9, 2013 – An ecstasy sting implicates associates of Thizz Entertainment, the label of Bay Area rapper Mac Dre.

Bay Area rapper Antwon.

Read AllDayPlay: Turnt Up Radio YouthRadio

August 30, 2013 – We let some Bay Area teens take over an NPR Music Radio channel. The kids are alright. YouthRadio

Goodie Mob (from left to right, Big Gipp, T-Mo, Cee Lo Green and Khujo) at a Dodgers game the day the group's first album in 14 years was released.

Watch Goodie Mob Puts Crossover Acceptance On The Line

August 29, 2013 – The gift and the curse of the group's album is that Goodie Mob doesn't aspire to be anyone else.

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