Frannie Kelley http://wuis.org en Essence: Songs From America's Biggest R&B Festival http://wuis.org/post/essence-songs-americas-biggest-rb-festival The Essence Festival, in New Orleans this weekend for its 20th edition, calls itself "the party with a purpose," for cause. The goal of the three nights of performances at the Superdome and three days of panels and talks at the Convention Center is to brand and supplement <em>Essence Magazine</em> — but what actually goes down every Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans begins in airports all over the country.<p>You don't even have to remember your exact gate number to know where you should be getting on line. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 04:44:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 28581 at http://wuis.org Essence: Songs From America's Biggest R&B Festival Pete Rock: 'Real Could Be Another Word For Original' http://wuis.org/post/pete-rock-real-could-be-another-word-original <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYmxbydg1BI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig3313DhcB8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSRyCMExqk4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BONgL61snlM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3SMJyT9PKY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUha0pSuvfk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVYza0NiWuU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWeppszdgSo</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:02:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley & Ali Shaheed Muhammad 28399 at http://wuis.org Pete Rock: 'Real Could Be Another Word For Original' Ab-Soul: 'It's A Lot' http://wuis.org/post/ab-soul-its-lot Ab-Soul, the most philosophical member of the by now vaunted Top Dawg Entertainment, met <em>Microphone Check</em> hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley in Los Angeles two weeks before the release of his latest album, called <em>These Days ...</em> After only one listen to the album, the three of them had a conversation about Ab's high expectations of his audience and what he's trying to make for them.<p>"I've learned the bulk of what I know from hip-hop music. You understand what I'm saying? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:34:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley & Ali Shaheed Muhammad 27675 at http://wuis.org Ab-Soul: 'It's A Lot' Sound Off: Where The Military's Rhythm Came From http://wuis.org/post/sound-where-militarys-rhythm-came <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6bhv4i8qso</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 27380 at http://wuis.org Sound Off: Where The Military's Rhythm Came From Mannie Fresh DJ Set: 'We Bounced Everything' http://wuis.org/post/mannie-fresh-dj-set-we-bounced-everything In the middle of <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/316698148/mannie-fresh-live-real-talk" target="_blank">our live interview with Mannie Fresh</a> at NPR's headquarters in D.C., Ali asked Mannie how he approaches DJing — does he play what he wants to hear? Or does he feed the crowd? "When I want you to understand something, I remix it," Mannie said. "If it's Earth Wind and Fire, and you not getting it, I'ma make you get it."<p>Laughing, and speaking for everyone in the room, Ali then asked if he could get a couple of those Mannie Fresh special remixes. Thu, 29 May 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley & Ali Shaheed Muhammad 26179 at http://wuis.org Mannie Fresh DJ Set: 'We Bounced Everything' D'Angelo: 'I'm Trying To Go Deep' http://wuis.org/post/dangelo-im-trying-go-deep <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3woHfDKTjqU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAfuUZRou7g</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COix3dndSfk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3y2aP0B4Ic</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 17:17:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 25775 at http://wuis.org D'Angelo: 'I'm Trying To Go Deep' Inside The XXL Freshmen Issue http://wuis.org/post/inside-xxl-freshmen-issue <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_rNBo19E90</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_qvXRXF5FQ</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 24856 at http://wuis.org Inside The XXL Freshmen Issue Freddie Gibbs: 'I Think I'm The Best Rapper' http://wuis.org/post/freddie-gibbs-i-think-im-best-rapper <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbxcPy1qJTU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwC5ePDNkp0</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 24679 at http://wuis.org Freddie Gibbs: 'I Think I'm The Best Rapper' 'Illmatic': The Making Of A Classic http://wuis.org/post/illmatic-making-classic This summer Nas is traveling the world performing his debut album, <em>Illmatic</em>, in full. The crowds coming out to see him — in Texas, Germany and California — are turning up because the 20-year-old record is an acknowledged classic.<p>In the early '90s hip-hop was just beginning its takeover of popular music. Thu, 01 May 2014 07:05:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 24172 at http://wuis.org 'Illmatic': The Making Of A Classic Minya Oh: 'I Was Never Gonna Not Want To Listen To This' http://wuis.org/post/minya-oh-i-was-never-gonna-not-want-listen <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZmuSqzxxUM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXBFG2vsyCM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4i2Wi0hIyk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dogqDbcbVo0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5PnuIRnJW8</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 06:59:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 24173 at http://wuis.org Minya Oh: 'I Was Never Gonna Not Want To Listen To This' Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella http://wuis.org/post/reunited-and-it-feels-little-awkward-outkast-coachella <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPEiAGFMnNI</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:54:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 23013 at http://wuis.org Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella E-40: 'I'm On The West Coast, Eating' http://wuis.org/post/e-40-im-west-coast-eating <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA5UCZYrrtY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GZbaXdK8Js</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqkxWMxaBOU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_UBEBLRu-Y</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7vQSPBtwyc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avkToQqG1qw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-THg68cxEWY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoA-ByjIf2M</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-fL-vdcBWo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsDyZNIkO6Q</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkmbK90eb4c</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 22677 at http://wuis.org E-40: 'I'm On The West Coast, Eating' ScHoolboy Q: 'I Call Myself All-American' http://wuis.org/post/schoolboy-q-i-call-myself-all-american <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L2vJEb6lVE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKzUffucysk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9_1l_4U6aw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CakV0Q3o7uw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9bsJ7oGokg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc-Vqcud32I</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oYwf5y9DFg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEMsjeq43_U</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:38:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 19772 at http://wuis.org ScHoolboy Q: 'I Call Myself All-American' First Listen Live: ScHoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron' http://wuis.org/post/first-listen-live-schoolboy-q-oxymoron Within <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2012/05/30/153989940/a-new-hip-hop-business-model-that-sounds-familiar" target="_blank">Black Hippy</a>, the Los Angeles-based crew consisting of Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q is the fun-loving middle child who taunts you with a straight face but can't always help cracking a smile. He's a wildcard who put out two highly-regarded independent albums and has become a reliable source for bracing guest spots. Sometimes he's incisive, sometimes he's callous. He's always charismatic and perceptive and forthright. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:17:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 19665 at http://wuis.org First Listen Live: ScHoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron' Rap From Memphis: The Outtakes http://wuis.org/post/rap-memphis-outtakes During the reporting of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2014/02/06/271631142/eightball-mjg-and-memphis-rap-20-years-on" target="_blank">our story about the legacy of <em>Comin' Out Hard</em> in Memphis rap</a>, we spent time in the city with MJG, Young Dolph and Drumma Boy. We met Yo Gotti in New York and got Eightball in a studio in Atlanta. We didn't have enough time to talk to everybody who's made Memphis rap what it is, like Gangsta Boo, or DJ Paul, Juicy J, Project Pat, or even Gangsta Pat. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 22:42:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 18609 at http://wuis.org Rap From Memphis: The Outtakes Eightball, MJG And Rap From Memphis 20 Years On http://wuis.org/post/eightball-mjg-and-memphis-rap-20-years <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIUPM8AdVxA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywC9JrELSGQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVH9um7lXhc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu_Hdzc6Ub8</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 05:02:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 18394 at http://wuis.org Eightball, MJG And Rap From Memphis 20 Years On Starlito And Don Trip: Writers First, Rappers Second http://wuis.org/post/starlito-and-don-trip-writers-first-rappers-second <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff3TBEVc_ko</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e66fUoG7e5s</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDFGVHYH8Mk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDCH8LwlcxU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gK1e2TCFAA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRWUs0KtB-I</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrVCRQd1ugU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRHLb9gySzA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6BPO2FU1u4</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:40:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 16960 at http://wuis.org Starlito And Don Trip: Writers First, Rappers Second Yes, Yeezus Dominated 2013 Hip Hop, But Many More Gems Were Made http://wuis.org/post/yes-yeezus-dominated-2013-hip-hop-many-more-gems-were-made Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>All this week, we're looking back at the year in music with our friends at NPR Music as our guides. Every year, they round up their favorite 50 albums, some mainstream, some more obscure and some completely unavoidable, like "Yeezus" from Kanye West.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BOUND 2")<p>BRENDA LEE: Uh-huh, honey.<p>KANYE WEST: (Rapping) What you doing in the club on a Thursday? You said you only here for a girl birthday. They ordered champagne but still look thirsty. Rock Forever 21 but just turned 30.<p>CORNISH: West was everywhere. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 14890 at http://wuis.org Bun B On Janis Joplin, UGK's Label Struggles And His Voice http://wuis.org/post/bun-b-janis-joplin-ugks-label-struggles-and-his-voice <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvhQDQVEkZ8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7Y0rT9y_Ls</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKxZA4U0Ehw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQnxtNd8H3g</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeAW8SCkdP0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyP_Z6pV5LE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJIcpymmFIg</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:06:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 13731 at http://wuis.org Bun B On Janis Joplin, UGK's Label Struggles And His Voice 'All Daps And Hugs': G-Side Reunites And Releases A New Song http://wuis.org/post/all-daps-and-hugs-g-side-reunites-and-releases-new-song For about five years, we at NPR Music have been listening to G-Side, a rap duo from Huntsville, Ala., and the group's in-house production pair the Block Beattaz. Some of us rocked 2008's <em><em>Starshipz & Rocketz</em></em> until the tape popped, reveling in the sequined sound and mostly level-headed lyrics that alternate between the gruff and drawled deliveries favored by Clova and ST 2 Lettaz, respectively. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:03:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 12855 at http://wuis.org 'All Daps And Hugs': G-Side Reunites And Releases A New Song Eight Million Stories: Hip-Hop In 1993 http://wuis.org/post/eight-million-stories-hip-hop-1993 All year <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/172716049/hip-hops-golden-year" target="_blank"><em>Morning Edition</em> and NPR Music have been running radio pieces about rap albums released 20 years ago, in 1993</a>. For a special episode of Microphone Check we invited a group of people who were working in hip-hop back then to meet us at the <a href="http://www.acehotel.com/newyork" target="_blank">Ace Hotel in New York City</a> and tell stories about that productive and creative year. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:39:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley & Ali Shaheed Muhammad 12804 at http://wuis.org Eight Million Stories: Hip-Hop In 1993 Where Rock The Bells Fails, Drake's Tour Succeeds http://wuis.org/post/where-rock-bells-fails-drakes-tour-succeeds What does the concert-ticket buyer want? If we're accepting that the market for albums — physical and digital — won't ever rebound, that digital singles will never make up for the loss in revenue and that streaming can't be profitable under current licensing laws, professional musicians (and the labels that love them) need to figure this out. Rap music, with its younger audience, has been more flexible in this regard than other genres: Rap acts now run the multi-genre summer festival gamut after infiltrating smaller cities' club circuits long ago. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 11974 at http://wuis.org Where Rock The Bells Fails, Drake's Tour Succeeds Pusha T On A Tribe Called Quest, His Frustrations And Pharrell (Part 2) http://wuis.org/post/pusha-t-tribe-called-quest-his-frustrations-and-pharrell-part-2 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfR00nu5xQw</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 17:56:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley & Ali Shaheed Muhammad 11056 at http://wuis.org Pusha T On A Tribe Called Quest, His Frustrations And Pharrell (Part 2) Pusha T On Fronting, Responsibility And Kanye (Part 1) http://wuis.org/post/pusha-t-fronting-responsibility-and-kanye-part-1 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_rFd2F8vgc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DawrlSwHUiM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjWAWcx4xdE</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:18:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 10754 at http://wuis.org Pusha T On Fronting, Responsibility And Kanye (Part 1) Thundercat On Making Music Outside The Lines http://wuis.org/post/thundercat-making-music-outside-lines Session musician Stephen Bruner has played bass in other people's bands for more than a decade. He can play metal, R&B, hip-hop, jazz. And he's been folding all that into his own music, which he puts out under the name Thundercat.<p>Now, with his second album, he's stepping to the front of the stage.<p>Bruner knows everybody. He calls Robert Trujillo, who he replaced in the thrash band Suicidal Tendencies and who now plays bass for <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15730259/metallica" target="_blank">Metallica</a>, his big uncle. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 16:03:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 6058 at http://wuis.org Thundercat On Making Music Outside The Lines