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In a career – and personal life – loaded with enough drama to fuel an opera, Kanye West is finally presenting one

New York rapper Kemba speaks with NPR’s Audie Cornish about the themes of his debut album…

Backed by a band assembled just for this occasion, the breakthrough pop icon performs three joyfully showy songs from Cuz I Love You.

Three years removed from his last official mixtape, the music industry rule breaker releases his debut album.

This month on Station Breaks, NPR member stations hand-pick a diverse and exciting playlist highlighting musical discoveries from all over the world.

Vocalo Radio highlights five artists who are preserving Latinx music in Chicago.

Chicago DJs share unspoken roles as curators and selectors, indispensable on a city-wide scale. These are the five DJs from Chicago you need to know.

Chicago is a city that grinds. From sports to politics, it takes pride in being the formative stomping ground of icons like Michael Jordan and the Obamas. Chicago works hard and plays hard, and this is also true of its creative community.

Throughout this month’s Slingshot Scenes, Vocalo Radio will highlight local artists to offer a sense of what Chicago sounds like. Listen and read below for six of Chicago’s finest emerging hip-hop and R&B artists to watch in 2019.

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.

If this list is any indication, 2019 will be filled with incredible music, thanks to artists like Kelsey Lu, IDER, Jean Deaux, Fontaines D.C., Mvstermind and more.