Curren$y performs a Tiny Desk (home) concert.
April 20, 2022 The New Orleans rapper gives a performance that features three key elements that make him who he is: cars, weed and, of course, music.
Lucky Daye leans on his collaborators in D'Mile and John Kercy. "I'm not going to do better with nobody else other than them two," he says.
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April 9, 2022 Lucky Daye marries contemporary and classic R&B on the expansive Candydrip. "It meant everything to everybody," he says, including album producer D'Mile and engineer John Kercy.
Maxo Kream performs a Tiny Desk (home) concert.
March 24, 2022 Backed by a live band, the Houston rapper performs a set that highlights the incredibly complex puzzle of his life.
March 9, 2022 The songwriting on Rex Orange County's latest single, "OPEN A WINDOW," reminds producer Bobby Carter of a time when we weren't allowed to leave our homes and even an open window seemed like freedom.
Patti LaBelle performs a Tiny Desk (home) concert.
February 23, 2022 From a backstage corner of a concert hall in Austin, Texas, the Godmother of Soul performs hits from across the many chapters of her fabulous career.
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February 18, 2022 We've never heard Lucky Daye in this lane, but he feels right at home on the third single from Candydrip.
El DeBarge performs a Tiny Desk (home) Concert
February 4, 2022 The torchbearer for the DeBarge family plays a few of his R&B standards from a cozy home studio.
Amber Mark Performs a Tiny Desk (home) Concert
January 31, 2022 In celebration of her stunning debut album, Three Dimensions Deep, the singer-songwriter and producer plays a deeply intimate Tiny Desk home concert.
Amber Mark's stunning debut, Three Dimensions Deep, is on our shortlist of the best albums out on Jan. 28.
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January 28, 2022 The Summer of Soul soundtrack is finally here, along with a breathtaking debut from singer Amber Mark, a mind-bender from jazz saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins and more.
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Cordae performs a Tiny Desk (home) concert.
January 14, 2022 The DMV-bred emcee's Tiny Desk home concert is a charismatic combo of fan favorites and cuts from his new album, From a Birds Eye View.
December 29, 2021 One of the biggest songs of 2021 was technically released in 2020 — so it can't be included on lists of the year's best music. NPR's Bobby Carter shouts out the song "Essence" by Wizkid.
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HBO's Insecure not only identified a shift in Black music over the last five years, it helped distinguish it.
December 17, 2021 The groundbreaking HBO series, which just ended a five-year run, provided a platform for showcasing great, unknown Black artists and recast expectations for what R&B, rap and hip-hop can be.
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B.K. Habermehl, Nnena and TeaMarrr perform a Tiny Desk (home) concert.
December 17, 2021 Three ladies featured on the latest Insecure soundtrack perform a Tiny Desk home concert from Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen in Inglewood, California.
Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars, together as Silk Sonic. Their debut, An Evening with Silk Sonic, tops our shortlist of the week's best new albums.
November 12, 2021 The Bruno Mars-Anderson .Paak collab as Silk Sonic tops NPR Music's shortlist of the best albums out this week, along with new ones from Courtney Barnett, Aesop Rock, Jon Hopkins and more.
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