Frannie Kelley Frannie Kelley is co-host of the Microphone Check podcast.
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Frannie Kelley

Frannie Kelley

Frannie Kelley is co-host of the Microphone Check podcast with Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

Prior to hosting Microphone Check, Kelley was an editor at NPR Music. She was responsible for editing, producing and reporting NPR Music's coverage of hip-hop, R&B and the ways the music industry affects the music we hear, on the radio and online. She was also co-editor of NPR's music news blog, The Record.

Kelley worked at NPR from 2007 until 2016. Her projects included a series on hip-hop in 1993 and overseeing a feature on women musicians. She also ran another series on the end of the decade in music and web-produced the Arts Desk's series on vocalists, called 50 Great Voices. Most recently, her piece on Why You Should Listen to Odd Future was selected to be a part of the Best Music Writing 2012 Anthology.

Prior to joining NPR, Kelley worked in book publishing at Grove/Atlantic in a variety of positions from 2004 to 2007. She has a B.A. in Music Criticism from New York University.

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Drakeo's Acclaimed Album Highlights How Much Prisons Profit From Phone Calls

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RTJ4 seems tailor-made for the present moment, but Run the Jewels has always made music about inequality and corruption in America. "In my mind, things are never not happening," Killer Mike says. Tim Saccenti/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On 'RTJ4,' Run The Jewels Is A Speaker Box For Society

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Once part of Digable Planets, Ishmael Butler continues to be a hip-hop innovator with Shabazz Palaces. He stays connected to new music through his son Jazz, who records as Lil Tracy. Patrick O'Brien Smith/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler, Musical Innovation Is A Family Legacy

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Chicago Rapper G Herbo Pivots To Vulnerability — And Scores A Hit

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Rafiq Bhatia's recreation of standards uses what we've heard before to ask "What haven't we heard yet?" and challenges us to ask "Why not?" John Klukas/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On 'Standards Vol. 1,' Rafiq Bhatia Questions The Act Of Reinterpretation

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Griselda Set Out To Be Your Favorite Rapper's Favorite Rappers. It's Paying Off

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Young M.A relies on her fans to support her independent career, but the power dynamic often leaves her in the lurch. Noah Friedman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In The 2010s, Music Fans Asserted Their Power, But The Industry Caught On

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Khalid Is The Shooting Star Of The Playlist Era

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For his latest work as WILLS, songwriter and producer Will Johnson is turning to arts foundations for funding. Dena Winter/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Can Musicians Avoid Commercial Pressure And Still Make A Living? WILLS Is Trying

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Takes One To Know One: Rapper Ugly God Speaks To (And For) Teens

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The new documentary Can't Stop Won't Stop tells the story of Sean Combs' Bad Boy Records around a 2016 concert that reunited some of the label's stars. Carlos Araujo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Can't Stop, Won't Stop': Bad Boy Records Was A Generation's Soundtrack

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Gucci Mane Is Happy, Healthy — And Productive As Ever

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Doc McKinney With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley

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