Ty Dolla $ign pays tribute to Mac Miller at the Tiny Desk (Bob Boilen/NPR).
August 8, 2019 While Ty Dolla $ign visited NPR to record his own Tiny Desk concert, he also performed a special tribute to his friend, the late Mac Miller.
Billie Eilish performs on the on day five of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 30, 2019.
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July 2, 2019 It's our second annual songs of summer spectacular! Every year at NPR Music we debate which hits might be remembered as "the song of the summer" — sometimes it's a frothy pop song, or a star-packed hip-hop banger, or simply a song that gets played on the radio over and over again until we're beaten into submission. This week we're bringing in a revolving cast of my colleagues from NPR Music, each of whom will play us one song — one nominee to be the unofficial Song Of The Summer for 2019.
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Rapper Freddie Gibbs and Madlib. Their latest project, Bandana is on our short list of the best albums out on June 28.
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June 28, 2019 Our list for this week's best new albums includes a solo release from Thom Yorke, the return of garage rock stalwarts They Black Keys, a new project from Freddie Gibbs and Madlib and more.
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Toro Y Moi performs a Tiny Desk Concert on April 16, 2019 (Claire Harbage/NPR).
April 29, 2019 Toro y Moi loses the voice processing, synths and other heavy effects for a stripped-down acoustic set at the Tiny Desk.
Georgia Anne Muldrow performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 26, 2019 (Amr Alfiky/NPR).
April 8, 2019 The R&B singer from Los Angeles is all about showing and spreading love.
Phony Ppl performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Jan. 31, 2019 (Amr Alfiky/NPR).
March 4, 2019 The Brooklynites stand out for their inventive and seamless blend of jazz, R&B and hip-hop.
Benny Sings' City Pop comes out Feb. 22 via Stones Throw.
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February 14, 2019 You've heard the Dutch pop and R&B singer's music before and probably didn't know it. Now, he makes a perfectly timed bid for stardom.
J. Cole, onstage in Oakland this summer, refracted hip-hop through an absurdist lens on KOD.
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December 23, 2018 Our list of the year's best hip-hop is an encapsulation of a year awash in trolls and tabloid fodder, grief and grit and escapist fantasy, and also an attempt to extract meaning from the chaos.
The songs on Nao's Saturn, one of NPR Music's favorite R&B projects of 2018, matched the London-based singer's distinctive tone.
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December 22, 2018 These are NPR Music's picks for the top 10 R&B projects — not restricted by gender — that are leading the vanguard. Remember their names and watch the throne.
H.E.R. performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 8, 2018.
December 12, 2018 The singer stuns in her second appearance at the Tiny Desk, showcasing not only her vocal mastery, but her skills as a captivating multi-instrumentalist.
An illustration of Mac Miller, drawn during his Tiny Desk Concert performance in Aug. 2018.
September 11, 2018 The 26-year-old, who died Sept. 7, will not be remembered as a drug-addled entertainer, but as an ever-evolving maker of music who supported those coming up behind him.
Mac Miller performs a Tiny Desk Concert on August 1, 2018.
August 6, 2018 Mac Miller reflects on his journey's peaks and valleys in a boisterous set of songs from Swimming, featuring special guest Thundercat on "What's the Use?"
Daniel Caesar performs a Tiny Desk Concert on April 30, 2018.
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June 4, 2018 Watch the R&B star-in-the-making perform three songs, including a guest appearance by H.E.R.
Tom Misch performs a Tiny Desk Concert on May 4, 2018.
June 1, 2018 This 22-year-old Brit has soul for days.