In Your Ear: Kirk Franklin

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Grammy Award-winning gospel music star Kirk Franklin explains what music is playing in his ear.

(Soundbite of music)

MICHEL MARTIN, host:

And finally, we end today's program with a segment we call In Your Ear. That's where we ask some of our guests about the music that's topping their personal playlist.

Today we hear from gospel artist Kirk Franklin.

(Soundbite of song, "What's Going On")

Mr. KIRK FRANKLIN (Gospel Artist): Hi, my name is Kirk Franklin and right now I'm listening to Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On."

(Soundbite of song, "What's Going On")

Mr. MARVIN GAYE (Singer-songwriter): (Singing) Mother, mother, there's too many of you crying. Brother, brother, brother, there's far too many of you dying. You know we've got to find a way...

Mr. FRANKLIN: The reason why I love it is because it is so, so, so, way ahead of its time and its just incredible how he was speaking about a lot of the things that we're facing right now and it's just a beautiful piece.

(Soundbite of song, "What's Going On")

Mr. GAYE: (Singing) Sister. Don't punish me with brutality. Talk to me, so you can see, oh, what's going on. What's going on. What's going on. Yeah, what's going on? Ah, what's going on? Right on.

Mr. FRANKLIN: I'm also listening to Yo-Yo Ma. You know, I have about three or four of his CDs and I'm listening to the soundtrack for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

(Soundbite of music from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon")

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. FRANKLIN: I am a Yo-Yo Ma fanatic. And he's brilliant to me.

(Soundbite of music from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon")

Mr. FRANKLIN: I'm also listening to a new artist. It's called B.O.B and he has a song. He has a really hot song called "Nothin' On You" and I think it's really fresh.

(Soundbite of song, "Nothin' On You")

B.O.B (Musicians): (Singing) Beautiful girls all over the world, I could be chasing but my time would be wasted, they got nothing on you, baby. Nothing on you, baby. They might say hi, and I might say hey, but you shouldn't worry, about what they say 'cause they got nothing on you, baby. Yeah. Nothing on you, baby. (Rapping) N-n-n-nothing on you baby, n-nothing on you. Hey, hey, hey, hey. I know you feel where I'm coming from. Regardless of the things in my past...

Mr. FRANKLIN: I just think that it's beautiful that hip-hop music brings back real melodies and that song has beautiful melodies. Sometimes, you know, in popular right now its like all the keys are minor and all the chords are minor. And so to have some major chords and for it to be very melodic is a very beautiful thing.

(Soundbite of song, "Nothin' On You")

B.O.B: (Rapping) Stop - now think about it. (Singing) I've been to London. I've been to Paris, even way out there in Tokyo.

MARTIN: That was gospel artist Kirk Franklin telling us about the music playing in his ear. To hear a recent interview with him, just go to our website, select TELL ME MORE from the program page at npr.org.

Soundbite of song, "Nothin' On You")

B.O.B: (Singing) No. No. No. No. Beautiful girls, yeah, all over the world, all over, I could be chasing but my time would be wasted, they got nothing on you, baby. N-n-n-nothing on you baby, n-nothing on you.

MARTIN: And that's our program for today. Im Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Lets talk more tomorrow.

Soundbite of song, "Nothin' On You")

B.O.B: (Singing) They might say hi, hi, and I might say hey, hey. But you shouldn't worry, about what they say. 'Cause they got nothing on you, baby. N-n-n-nothing on you baby, n-nothing on you. Nothing on you baby. N-n-n-nothing on you baby, n-nothing on you. Hey, hey, hey, hey...

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