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Rapper Tupac Shakur performs at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois in March 1994. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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It was a classic rap beef. Then Drake revived Tupac with AI and Congress got involved

Updated May 14, 2024 at 12:10 PM ET Rapper Tupac Shakur performs at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois in March 1994. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images In late April, Senator Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) began his testimony before a Senate subcommittee hearing by doing something unusual for a stuffy institution like Congress: He played a new song from the rapper Drake. But it wasn't Drake's rap verse that Tillis felt was […]

todayMay 15, 2024

Slick Rick is known for his eyepatch and the crowns he often wears. Janette Beckman/Courtesy of Fahey/Klein Gallery

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The history of hip-hop, told through bling

Ghostface Killah wearing his iconic gold eagle cuff. Atsuko Tanaka/American Museum of Natural History Flavor Flav's clock. Nicki Minaj's Barbie pendant. Slick Rick's crown and eyepatch. These are famous symbols of hip-hop. But perhaps the most iconic piece of them all is Ghostface Killah's eagle cuff. The gold bracelet weighs 5 pounds and features an eagle, wings outstretched, landing on the cuff. And it's on view right now at the […]

todayMay 14, 2024

Mountain View High School will soon be known by its former name: Stonewall Jackson High School. The Shenandoah County School Board voted 5-1 to once again honor the Confederate general, whose name was originally attached to the school during the battle over racial segregation. Google Maps/Screenshot by NPR

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A Virginia county board votes to restore Confederates’ names to schools

Mountain View High School will soon be known by its former name: Stonewall Jackson High School. The Shenandoah County School Board voted 5-1 to once again honor the Confederate general, whose name was originally attached to the school during the battle over racial segregation. Google Maps/Screenshot by NPR The Shenandoah County School Board in Virginia will restore the names of Confederate generals Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Turner […]

todayMay 13, 2024

After a whirlwind rise, Dallas singer 4batz has released his debut mixtape, u made me a st4r. Courtesy of the artist

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A new face, and new chapter, in R&B’s unstoppable rap makeover

After a whirlwind rise, Dallas singer 4batz has released his debut mixtape, u made me a st4r. Courtesy of the artist At some point this century, all of the R&B heartthrobs had to make an adjustment. There's no pinpointing the exact moment, but you can see the gears in motion in 2012, when hip-hop's influence on neighboring genres was expanding so exponentially that Billboard was moved to create a new […]

todayMay 10, 2024

The University of Mississippi's school banner is waved during the pregame activities prior to the start of an NCAA college football game in October 2021. The university's leader denounced actions at a protest last week. Rogelio V. Solis/AP

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U of Mississippi opens probe over hostile protest that involved racist taunts

The University of Mississippi's school banner is waved during the pregame activities prior to the start of an NCAA college football game in October 2021. The university's leader denounced actions at a protest last week. Rogelio V. Solis/AP The University of Mississippi opened a student conduct investigation after it said "actions that conveyed hostility and racist overtones" were made at a demonstration on campus last week. Videos of Thursday's protests […]

todayMay 7, 2024

Kiefer performs a Tiny Desk concert at NPR Music in Washington, D.C.

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Tiny Desk Premiere: Kiefer

Credit: Photo: Elizabeth Gillis/NPR For Tiny Desk concerts without a lead vocalist, I usually try to detect musicians' nonverbal conversations with each other as they perform. For Kiefer's set, there's a bonus show within the show. He plays with a sense of joy that I haven't seen in a while and when his eyes connect with a fellow player, it's as if he's thanking them each time. With decades clocked […]

todayMay 6, 2024

A number of Democratic lawmakers have reintroduced the CROWN Act, legislation that would ban discrimination based on one's hairstyle or hair texture. Here, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs Crown Act legislation on June 15, 2023 in Lansing, Mich. that will outlaw race-based hairstyle discrimination in workplaces and schools. Joey Cappelletti/AP

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Black lawmakers reintroduce federal CROWN Act legislation to ban hair discrimination

A number of Democratic lawmakers have reintroduced the CROWN Act, legislation that would ban discrimination based on one's hairstyle or hair texture. Here, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs Crown Act legislation on June 15, 2023 in Lansing, Mich. that will outlaw race-based hairstyle discrimination in workplaces and schools. Joey Cappelletti/AP A host of Black Democratic lawmakers reintroduced legislation Wednesday that would ban discrimination against a person's hairstyle or hair texture. […]

todayMay 3, 2024

WILLOW performs a Tiny Desk concert.

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WILLOW: Tiny Desk Concert

Credit: Photo: Zayrha Rodriguez On a call ahead of her Tiny Desk taping, WILLOW told me that she "just wants to feel it and be in the vibe." Many artists worry about having to tailor their music for the space, but if done right, a beautiful synergy can be achieved. With boundless energy and magnetic stage presence, the artist's exceptional vocal range and musicality left the audience spellbound. Despite being […]

todayMay 1, 2024

Kendrick Lamar cannot stand Drake; "Euphoria" lists the ways. Ricardo Rubio/Europa Press via Getty Images

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Kendrick Lamar is Drake’s biggest hater — and proud of it

Kendrick Lamar cannot stand Drake; "Euphoria" lists the ways. Ricardo Rubio/Europa Press via Getty Images Kendrick Lamar just reminded us there's no substitute for real emotion in rap beef. This morning, the LA rapper released his response in the ongoing feud between himself and Drake, by dropping a six-minute diatribe aimed at Drizzy as a rap artist and, more importantly, as an assassination of his character on a human level. […]

todayApril 30, 2024

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