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Nas Speaks On His Upcoming “Live From The Kennedy Center” Special On PBS (Video)

That “Nas: Live From The Kennedy Center” will be on PBS before you know it. You saw the trailer on here (link). Well here’s an NPR interview regarding that with the G.O.D.M.C.

CyHi The Prynce – “No Dope On Sundays” (Album)

Yep. We are living in a time when NPR is repping the realest real music. G.O.O.D. Music in this case, as CyHi’s forthcoming “No Dope On Sundays” LP is the focus of this “First Listen” ep. And they are FEELING the words of The Prynce over there.

CyHi The Prynce brings Jesus to the trap and spits a testimony full of raw human contradiction.
Rodney Carmichael, NPR

Ahhh, that explains the preacher’s collar CyHi’s been rocking lately.


Activism/History: Theresa Burroughs Would Not Be Denied The Right To Vote (Video)

Being from Alabama, growing up in Tuskegee (and in the shadow of Montgomery and Selma), with Civil Rights figures (Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Attorney Fred Gray, Rosa Parks, Dr. Charles Gomillion) as neighbors, this story hits home… hard! Not even going to hit y’all with a ‘VOTE DAMMIT’ rant today. Just watch, and maybe stop taking our ‘privileges’ for granted. Folks had to FIGHT for our rights; and even then, others tried to keep us from exercising them.

When Theresa Burroughs came of voting age in Alabama during the Jim Crow era, she was determined to cast her ballot — but she had a long fight ahead of her.
– StoryCorps

(And I can recite the Preamble To The U.S. Constitution, too. Salute, Ms. Burroughs. Respect!)


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Watch The Roots, Getting LIVE At The Tiny Desk (Video)

The Legendary Roots Crew. The get LIVE every night with Jimmy Fallon. But for the tiny crowd gathered for The Tiny Desk… Well, let’s see if they take things up another tick!

(C’mon son, it’s The Roots, Sun!)

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Common Does A Soulful ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ At The White House (Video)

The White House is often at the center of some controversy, more so nowadays. But there was a recent time when there was less ‘crazy’ – as Keith Olbermann might say (here) – coming from the White House …or, at least, a different type of ‘crazy.’ Even then, something like this probably would not have made headline news. But it was certainly worthy of being documented. And I am glad NPR did. And after you watch, bet money that you will be, too.

We’ve never done a Tiny Desk Concert that wasn’t behind my desk at NPR. But when the White House called and said they were putting on an event called South by South Lawn, a day-long festival filled with innovators and creators from the worlds of technology and art, including music, we jumped at the chance to get involved. We chose Common as the performer and the White House library as the space.

This Tiny Desk Concert was a convergence of art and soul, mixing politics with heart. Common’s choice of songs dealt with incarceration as the new slavery, imagined a time where women rule the world and honored the man he looked up to all his life, his father. For this occasion, Common put together a special six-piece band of close friends that includes the great Robert Glasper, with his eloquent and delicate touch, on keyboards and Derrick Hodge, whose music spans from Hip-Hop to folk and has made a big imprint on the world of jazz, on bass. Common also asked his longtime friend and collaborator Bilal to sing on two songs. The performance includes three brand new songs, along with one classic, “I Used To Love H.E.R.”

Bob Boilen

Yooooo! Brother Common and his crew rocked a [Tiny Desk] Concert at The White House. DOPE!

(Oh, and the girl on the flute is Elena Pinderhughes, who played flute on Future’s “Mask Off.” Hella cute! Especially in that form-fitting dress. Yes!)


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DJ Premier On The Turntables For His Very Own ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ (Video)

DJ Premier with The Badder Band doing a short set for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series. Yeah, you read right. Preem on NPR! And now you are so intrigued you MUST press play above, right? Well, do that now, so we don’t spoil things for you. So worth it!

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Killer Mike And George Clinton Swap Stories At The SWAG Shop (Video)

Good conversation. And hella cool? Which part, you ask, is cool? That funk pioneer George Clinton and Killer Mike have a barbershop sit down? That they do it at Mike’s place – the SWAG Shop? That two legends still living the dream thought enough of us to film this realness?

Yes. All of that is hella cool. Watch!

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Winning Performance: Tank And The Bangas (Video)

Meet New Orleans’ Tank and The Bangas — winner of the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest.

Now you know we are all about the PBS ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ series on here. But who knew there was a contest and that a winning group like this would get pulled into the national spotlight?? Easy bet that Tank and The Bangas will be hitting more than a few more stages as more and more folks see what they can do in this clip. Looks like they are having fun and that they can bring the fun to any function. Check ’em out!


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Robert Glasper Experiment – “Day To Day” (Live) [Video]

Grammy award-winning jazz fusion group Robert Glasper Experiment doing “Day To Day” (off “ArtScience”) live for KCRW. Studio session dopeness. Accompanied by DJ Aaron Byrd. Turntablism adding that Hip-Hop finish. The Culture on behavior here is beautiful. NPR does it again!


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“Tiny Desk Concert” Series Welcomes Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals (Video)

Anderson .Paak and his band The Free Nationals… Much of their sound is layered atop a soulful Hip-Hop foundation; from there, your safest bet is to call it a hodgepodge of genres in the best way possible. Guitarist Jose Rios and bassist Kelsey Gonzalez inject a hard-rock edge into the Hi-Tek-produced “Come Down,” this set’s opening number. When you hear them play the first few jazz chords of “Heart Don’t Stand A Chance,” it’s hard to simply call this R&B…

But what you can call this is a dope set, a mini-concert, a NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Yeah, call it that. Now listen to the band and .Paak.


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NPR’s “Noteworthy” Documentary Of Singer ‘Miguel’ (Documentary)

NPR’s music documentary series, “Noteworthy,” is up & running. Great treatment of its subjects. Kind of short, but you get good content on modern R&B-ster Miguel, the first subject.

Watch as host Jason King interviews Miguel at home. Discussion goes from the choice of wallpaper to working with Salaam Remi, to times and modes of inspiration to… Well, watch. It’s less than 15 minutes.

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Oddisee – “The Odd Tape” (Album Stream)


Promises, promises. But now Oddisee delivers. Yessir, “The Odd Tape” is out. Stream it all for FREE here. But you can pick it up and support the artist, too. We’re down for that for sure. That’s why we’ve been posting the order link on here.


Sports Legend Shots: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar With Harsh Commentary On Michael Jordan’s Lack Of Activism (Interview Audio)

npr-0010-1-_wide-2b9f72102a7976f8b5d3838d548456b3892a6850-s800-c85Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks with NPR’s Michel Martin on Friday at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. NBA all-time leading scorer. Legendary center of the Los Angeles Lakers through the 1980s. But Kareem is also an actor (even co-starring with Bruce Lee), activist, and author. Since retiring from the game in 1989, he’s written several books, become a columnist for Time magazine, and continues to comment on issues of the day. He has since he was a college standout at UCLA. He has to…

“When something happens, it doesn’t matter if it’s convenient or not — if it’s time to speak up, you have to speak up. You can’t be afraid.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Good stuff. But what has the Interwebs abuzz… When he calls out arguably the greatest b-baller ever, Michael Jordan, for NOT speaking up. Hear the interview below.


NPR: “Tiny Desk Concerts” Series Welcomes “The Internet” (Video)

Straight outta Los Angeles, and Odd Future, The Internet – featuring founding members Syd The Kid (vocals/production) and Matt Martians (keys/ production), as well as Pat Paige (bass), Jameel Bruner (keys) and Chris Smith (drums) – falls through NPR to do a “Tiny Desk Concert.” The kind of Alternative that The Internet brings to your ears… well… it’s hard to describe. Good thing you have the above video to watch (and the “Ego Death” album link, via earlier post on here, to listen to).

Here’s an attempt at description: Think R&B’d out Hip-Hop swagger meeting homegrown Neo-Soul with a 21st century twist.

Yep. That’s the best description for it. And nope, that doesn’t quite cover it. But yep, you will enjoy it… perhaps enough to cop the album here.


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Police Brutality: Alex Landau’s Near Fatal Traffic Stop (Video)

Man, this ain’t the only work that StoryCorps is doing; but wow, capturing stories like these is so important! I can remember my late Grandma living across the street from a dear friend who had vivid memories of the earliest of Jim Crow times… but she NEVER spoke about it. When asked, she would quickly offer a monotone “we don’t talk about those times” response bereft of any emotional content. The truths and experiences that neighbor could have shared; but she didn’t want to. Respect shout to StoryCorps for giving a platform to those who want to share… in this case who NEED to share… even when the story is soooo AWFUL.

Alex Landau, an African American man, was raised by his adoptive White parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter. But when Alex was pulled over by Denver police officers one night in 2009, he lost his belief in a color-blind world — and nearly lost his life. Alex tells his mother, Patsy Hathaway, what happened that night and how it affects him to this day.


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NPR: “Tiny Desk Concerts” Series Welcomes Oddisee (Video)

One of my favorite albums of 2015 so far is The Good Fight by Oddisee.  So when NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series invited the DC emcee to come perform some tracks off his new album I was excited.  Oddisee does not disappoint with his performance backed by a live two piece band he rocks the NPR offices.  Performing the tracks That’s Love, Contradiction’s Maze, and Belong to the World he got the crowd involved and sounded as clear as he does on the album.  It’s refreshing to see a Hip Hop artist rock a show no frills no loud screaming and 20 people on stage and still have the crowd enthralled by the performance.  Good job fighting the Good Fight Oddisee!

ArtByOdell Twitter/SoundCloud

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Jesse Ware x Jesse Boykins III “Tiny Desk Concert Performance” (Video)

Soulful English singer Jesse Ware recently stopped by NPR offices and performed for the Tiny Desk Concert series.  She was accompanied by Jesse Boykins III who is on tour with her during the North American leg of her tour.  If you are not familiar with Jesse Ware you are in for a treat and we have posted work from Jesse Boykins on the site most recently his latest video “Our Tonight is Mine” .  So enjoy watching some singers perform without auto tune, flashing screens and fireworks.  Simply a mic stand someone playing guitar and two people using their voices what a novel idea!

ArtByOdell Twitter/SoundCloud

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Cornell University And Bill Adler To Create A Digital Hip-Hop Archive (Audio)


Aaliyah, Ace Hood, the Afros, Ali D, Arrested Development: In Bill Adler’s extensive collection of Hip-Hop history, some of the genre’s biggest names are arranged next to lesser mainstream artists.

Adler was the founding publicity director of Def Jam Records. One of his first assignments was getting pop music critics at daily newspapers to cover one of the label’s new artists, LL Cool J. He worked at Def Jam for six years, before going independent and later running a gallery devoted to Hip-Hop photography. From these ventures, he accrued a massive archive, which lived in a storage space in the basement of his building until he sold the collection to Cornell University last year. Soon it will also live online

Adler sent Cornell University 500 vinyl recordings, an impressive collection of books in several languages and roughly 100,000 newspaper and magazine articles about rap and Hip-Hop…

(more, including a FREE download of the “All Things Considered” segment on NPR, via the download link that follows)


NPR’s First Listen: Ghostface Killah – “36 Seasons” (Album Stream)


Wooooo! The “36 Seasons” is killing it! NPR – long time harbor to all kinds of pure musical artistry – provided it’s own launch of this Hip-Hop battleship. Click play and hear what the Captain (Ghostface Killah) has to say on these tracks. Stream for FREE now (via the link).


NPR: ‘Tiny Desk Concerts’ Series Welcomes T-Pain… Singing Without Auto-Tune Effects (Video)

Definitely a different look at T-Pain. By that, meaning a different sound of music accompanying the words that are coming out of his mouth. Just listen and watch the above Tiny Desk Concert T-Pain did for NPR. This is 13 minutes of some of Pain’s greatest and latest hits WITHOUT AUTO-TUNE.

“This is weird as hell for me.”

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