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Jonah Mutono’s debut album GERG is really more of a re-entry. Until late last year, Mutono released music under the name “Kidepo.” But starting with the single “Shoulders,” and now with GERG, he’s sharing his real name and story of self-acceptance for the first time. The name shift was part of Mutono’s decision to come out, one made […]

Journalist and screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper talks about the life and legacy of Andre Harrell, the founder of Uptown Records, who died recently at the age of 59.

The experimental artist Nnamdi Ogbonnaya talks about not limiting his creative ceiling when making his latest album and his conflicted feelings about pursuing music over taking a traditional job.

Don’t see this video? Click here. Sonic reinvention is Salaam Remi’s secret weapon. He’s given artists their signature sound and remixed careers. He made the Fugees go ooh-la-la and turned Ini Kamoze into a hotstepper. When it comes to pulling magic out of songwriters, he’s a master collaborator and his sample-based productions for two icons, Nas […]

Ishmael Butler — co-founder of ’90s hip-hop group Digable Planets — released The Don of Diamond Dreams, his fourth album as Shabazz Palaces, in April. He may be 50 now, but he’s still hip, and his music spans generations. “I gotta create to survive — I reconciled that a long time ago,” he says. “And try to loop […]

Drake released a new mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes at midnight Friday and teased a new album to come in an Instagram post.

The remix comes two months after Megan fought her label for the right to release new music, which culminated in the surprise release of her third mixtape, Suga.

The music marketplace and streaming service Bandcamp will once again forgo its share of sales for a 24-hour period this Friday, May 1, the company announced Monday. The initiative will also repeat on June 5 and July 3, and will last from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. PST time on all three days. Bandcamp, which typically […]

Several Vocalo friends and In Rotation artists have entered the contest for NPR’s famed Tiny Desk concert series. Check out who’s repping Chicago here …

The Free Nationals and Anderson .Paak make their triumphant return to the Tiny Desk along with some other special guests.