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NPR’s list of the best songs, albums & mixtapes by Southern rappers recenters the South as a creative center of hip-hop.

The rapper quickly drew attention over the course of 2019, as one of the newest and brightest stars of an emerging generation of New York artists.

Removing the term “urban” from certain genres or artists is more complicated than a simple cancellation.

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.

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.

The hip-hop star’s “Toosie Slide” video, an opulent take on social distancing shot in his Toronto penthouse, is at once obvious and sneakily profound.

Whatever your goals, remember to move with your energy on ten. New tracks from Kari Faux, Yung Baby Tate, Odunsi (The Engine), Skepta and more will help.

The collaboration-loving bassist said “It’s hard to see clearly through the pain of losing him,” when asked about the death of close friend Mac Miller. That loss permeates his fourth studio album.

Whether Just Blaze is tapping out sampled drums or utilizing live drummers in the studio, his ability to harness energy is what makes his beats so dynamic.