Fatimah Warner, best known as the rapper Noname, has been quietly gaining attention for her feminist and socially aware lyrics. NPR’s Michel Martin talks to Warner about her sophomore album, Room 25.

In her latest video, Lizzo takes cues from assorted bits of nostalgia — Jane Fonda workout tapes, Coming to America, QVC infomercials — and shades them with her singular, life-affirming zeal.

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.

The music video for “Blaxploitation,” like the Chicago rapper’s sophomore album, Room 25, is jam-packed with metaphor and symbolism.


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