The Essential Tiny Desk Hip-Hop List

It's not often that you'd mention hip-hop and NPR in the same sentence. For lifelong fans of the culture, hip-hop represents a grassroots movement that stems from social activism, rule-breaking, and finding your inner strength. And while hip-hop may itself be a form of storytelling and street news, its origins in Bronx house parties and … Continue reading The Essential Tiny Desk Hip-Hop List

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2014: The Year’s Most Rotated Joints

In ushering in the New Year, it's only right that we celebrate the departing one. I'm delighted to say that 2014 wrapped up on a high note, with several surprise last minute albums that came out of the woodwork.  D'Angelo resurfaced from musical seclusion to drop off his long-awaited release "Black Messiah" and Azealia Banks released her eclectic and … Continue reading 2014: The Year’s Most Rotated Joints