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It’s Tricky: Metal Edition

It’s Tricky: Metal Edition

Leo Moracchioli covers Run DMC’s 1986 hip hop hit It’s Tricky, taking a rap metal approach not dissimilar to Red Hot Chili Peppers version of the Ohio Players’ Love Rollercoaster. We love how Leo still managed to work in some scratching.

Sa-Roc: Tiny Desk Concert

Sa-Roc: Tiny Desk Concert

With the NPR offices temporarily off-limits, they’re continuing the Tiny Desk series with new episodes recorded at musicians’ homes. Here, MC Sa-Roc brings her smooth blend of hip hop, soul, social commentary, and spiritualism to bear, with a set of four poetic tracks loaded with meaningful messages. That’s Sol Messiah on DJ duties.

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Dua Liphop: Tracks of Future Past

Dua Liphop: Tracks of Future Past

(PG-13: Language) Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia melds pop, disco, and funk into a chart-topping dancefloor banger. But Kyle Brauch gave the album a whole new sound by deftly remixing every track with 1990s hip-hop. The mashup includes raps from DOA, Xzibit, DMX, Dre, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, and more.

Beastie Boys Book

Beastie Boys Book

Let Beastie Boys members Adrock and Mike D walk you through their story in “revealing and funny accounts”, from their amateur days to the release of their classic albums. Also features contributions from their friends such as Spike Jonze and Wes Anderson.

Tobe Nwigwe: Tiny Desk Concert

Tobe Nwigwe: Tiny Desk Concert

“Now I slay beats… ‘member when I would slay freaks.” Houston rapper Tobe Nwigwe’s smooth sound and positive vibes are a breath of fresh air, complemented by soulful backing vocals and jazzy instrumentals as he performs Houston Tribute, Caged Birds, Against the Grain, Shine, and I’m Dope. at the NPR offices.

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men (Trailer)

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men (Trailer)

(PG-13: Language) “Somewhere in the middle of all that s**t was the hope that one of us was gonna make it.” Showtime’s Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men is a four-part documentary series about the rise and the legacy of rap’s one true supergroup. Premieres Spring 2019.

The Most Sampled Loop

The Most Sampled Loop

Amen, Brother is an obscure B-side from a 1969 record by The Winstons, but it’s also the source for a six-second, 4-bar drum and bass sample which has found its way into literally thousands of hip hop, techno, dance, and pop songs. It’s even in the Futurama theme.

Wu-Tang: Tiny Desk Concert

Wu-Tang: Tiny Desk Concert

(PG-13: Language) The Wu-Tang Clan celebrated the 25th anniversary of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) with this live set at NPR Music. They performed a medley of their hits, both from their discography as a group or from individual releases.

Bodied (Trailer)

Bodied (Trailer)

(PG-13: Language) Eminem produced this upcoming comedy film about the world of battle rap. In Bodied, a Berkeley grad student accidentally competes and wins a rap battle. He continues to find success but alienates the people around him. Premieres 11/2/18.

Rakim: Tiny Desk Concert

Rakim: Tiny Desk Concert

“Success brings sacrifice. And if you thinking it’s a piece of cake, you can have a slice.” Hall of fame MC Rakim dropped by NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert to perform King’s Paradise from the Luke Cage Season 2 OST, as well as his classics Paid in Full and Know the Ledge.

Ill Camille: Tiny Desk Concert

Ill Camille: Tiny Desk Concert

“And yes, my kicks is 50% off on clearance but I never half-step.” Los Angeles-based rapper Ill Camille has that sick old school flow and verses with vivid imagery. Watch her perform four tracks from her latest album, Heirloom.

GZA: Tiny Desk Concert

GZA: Tiny Desk Concert

“I don’t waste ink, brother, I think. I drop megaton bombs more faster than you blink. ‘Cause rhyme thoughts travel at a tremendous speed.” Watch the Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA perform three tracks from his classic album Liquid Swords alongside brass band The Soul Rebels.

Rick and Morty x RTJ: Oh Mama

Rick and Morty x RTJ: Oh Mama

(PG-13: Language) Adult Swim keeps churning out hits. This time Rick and Morty unleash hell on gromflomites in an action-packed and stylish music video for Run the Jewels’ Oh Mama, from the duo’s latest album Run the Jewels 3.

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Wu-Tang CREAM Campaign

Wu-Tang CREAM Campaign

The Wu-Tang Clan teamed up with StockX for Charity Rules Everything Around Me, a raffle where all proceeds will be used to help children in marginalized communities. The pieces are clothes, shoes and gear that have been used, signed or both by the members of the group.

Big K.R.I.T.: Tiny Desk Concert

Big K.R.I.T.: Tiny Desk Concert

(PG-13: Language) “Said my grace now, my light is still on, so why would I pray now?” Big K.R.I.T. dropped by NPR Music to perform tracks from his latest album 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, and share a sweet moment that he had with his late grandmother.

Big Daddy Kane: Tiny Desk Concert

Big Daddy Kane: Tiny Desk Concert

“So just swing or fling a gathering, try to cling, ’cause It’s a Big Daddy thing.” The Juice Crew’s Big Daddy Kane showed NPR Music that swag is immortal with pared down renditions of Smooth Operator, Ain’t No Half Steppin’ and Raw. Long Live the Kane!

Black Panther The Album

Black Panther The Album

(PG-13: Language) “I am Killmonger, no one’s perfect, but no one’s worthless. We ain’t deserving of everything Heaven and Earth is.” Kendrick Lamar enlisted both established and up-and-coming stars to create music for and inspired by the upcoming Black Panther film.

Kendrick Lamar 2018 Grammy Opener

Kendrick Lamar 2018 Grammy Opener

“Sex, money, murder – our DNA.” King Kenny opened the 2018 Grammy Awards with a hell of a set. He used his verses from XXX., DNA, New Freezer and King’s Dead to talk about war, hip hop, the media, and the crowd admiring the messenger while missing his message.

The Story of Timbaland

The Story of Timbaland

With his natural beatboxing skills, godly knack for hooks, and the people he grew up with, it was almost impossible for Timbaland to not blow up. But he also fell into the trappings of success. He sat down with Complex to look back on his career.

Kendrick Lamar x SZA: All the Stars

Kendrick Lamar x SZA: All the Stars

(PG-13: Language) “Confrontation ain’t nothin’ new to me. You can bring a bullet, bring a sword, bring a morgue, but you can’t bring the truth to me.” From one king to another. All the Stars is from the soundtrack of the upcoming Black Panther movie.

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Hip-Hop Love Blueprint

Hip-Hop Love Blueprint

Following up on their alternative and electronic music blueprints, Dorothy is back with a circuit-style chart of the connections between more than 700 important MCs, DJs, producers, turntablists, musicians, graffiti artists, b-boys and b-girls. Measures 80x60cm (~23.6×31.5″).

Eminem Goes Sneaker Shopping

Eminem Goes Sneaker Shopping

“I’ve always felt like shoes are like 90% of your outfit.” Complex met with Eminem at Detroit’s Burn Rubber sneaker store to talk shoes and do a little shopping. Slim, it’s hard to laugh at your jokes when you’re that intense.

Brockhampton: Saturation III

Brockhampton: Saturation III

Pop hiphop “boy band” Brockhampton closes out an insane year of productivity. We love the raw vibe of the previous LPs, but Saturation III is proof that these young men are growing in confidence and talent. Though producer Romil Hemnani, has been on fire since day one.

Tyler, The Creator: Tiny Desk Concert

Tyler, The Creator: Tiny Desk Concert

(PG-13: Language) Odd Future co-founder Tyler, The Creator graced NPR Music’s first ever nighttime Tiny Desk Concert. He and his band performed Boredom, See You Again and Glitter from his amazing new album Flower Boy.

Joyner Lucas: I’m Not Racist

Joyner Lucas: I’m Not Racist

(PG-13: Language) “Can’t erase the scars with a bandage. I’m hoping maybe we can come to an understanding. Agreed or disagreed, we could have an understanding.” Rapper Joyner Lucas speaks from both sides of white and black America in this necessary song.

Jaden Smith: Syre

Jaden Smith: Syre

(PG-13: Language) Meme no more. The son of Fresh Prince proves he can write and rap with his debut album. More importantly, Jaden Smith surrounded himself with ill beatmakers. Syre‘s sound is definitely reminiscent of Yeezy and Drake, but it’s still a solid start.

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