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‘I know who I am’: Yuna on creating music, art and pride in her Asian-Muslim culture

Courtesy of the artist Yuna is a multi-faceted singer, songwriter and creative. The past few years have been a whirlwind of travel, bonding with family and *almost* moving back home to Malaysia. You might know Yuna from her hit song "Crush" featuring Usher, or as an artist who proudly wears her hijab when she performs.  Honest and gracious in our conversation, Yuna talked about her faith, and how her Muslim heritage […]

todayJanuary 24, 2023

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Spider Creek’s mission to infuse Milwaukee’s creative scene with genre-bending music, talent and love

Courtesy of Spider Creek Spider Creek is a music collective based out of Milwaukee consisting of as many as 30 contributors, ranging from musicians and producers to visual artists. The group prides itself on being a “genre fluid” force in the music scene. They have no interest in being confined to any certain genre because their sound bends and blends with the moment. In their current work, you can hear a […]

todayJanuary 19, 2023

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HYFIN’s Most Read Stories of 2022

We’re not even one year old, but the HYFIN team is making sure to keep you connected to the culture. Since our inception on June 19, we’ve continued to bring you a mix of music, entertainment and news. Sometimes these come from our neighborhoods, and other times they have national (and international) reach. Here are the Top 10 HYFIN stories that caught our readers’ attention in 2022. 10. As MATTHÙ, […]

todayJanuary 3, 2023 1

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‘Tis the season… for local holiday music; Three Milwaukee artists share inspiration behind their holiday songs

The holidays are a time, for many, to connect with loved ones, eat great meals and sing joyful music. Three incredible artists from the Cream City –– B~Free, Tru West & Grace Weber –– talked with HYFIN's Element Everest-Blanks about creating music for the season. They shared their favorite memories, the songwriting process and how each of them created the perfect holiday song. You can listen to their songs below […]

todayDecember 22, 2022 2

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Baby Rose is ‘letting go’ in her music, trusting her gut and choosing to surrender

Courtesy: Nicole Hernandez Raised in Washington D.C., working in L.A., residing in Atlanta. Baby Rose, and her distinctive voice, feel as well traveled as the woman, born Jasmine Rose Wilson, has been herself. I had the luxury of talking with her about her path from writing poems at age 12, to crafting her own records like her 2020 debut LP, To Myself. Her parents influenced her love of music and she wants to share […]

todayDecember 21, 2022

Music

NPR’s 20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2022

A pall has been hanging over hip-hop this year: the ongoing criminalization of being a rapper looms large. The genre has faced over-policing and sensationalism before, dating back to the NYPD's rap intelligence unit in 1999, but the scope of the crusade has expanded: lyrics continue to be treated like transcripts by the law, rappers are painted as crime lords and their imprints are characterized as mob outfits. There has […]

todayDecember 19, 2022

Music

How niche rap stars quietly conquered 2022

YoungBoy Never Broke Again (aka NBA YoungBoy) is among a handful of rappers who achieved massive streaming numbers in 2022 while remaining nearly invisible to the pop establishment. Simone Noronha for NPR If you can't find the emergent rap stars in 2022, you might be looking in the wrong place. A recent Billboard feature about hip-hop's status as a market leader suggested that a generation of rap stars is aging […]

todayDecember 19, 2022

Music

On ‘SOS,’ SZA both surprises and delivers exactly what we’ve been waiting for

The cover of SZA's latest album SOS. Daniel Sannwald/TDE/RCA Records It's been five years since the artist SZA released her debut album Ctrl. Her new album SOS is home to 23 tracks that seamlessly blends pop, R&B, hip-hop, and dips into rock and pop-punk along the way. It features appearances by Travis Scott, Phoebe Bridgers, Don Toliver, and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit […]

todayDecember 16, 2022

Music

You’ll find Alicia Keys’ new record, ‘Santa Baby,’ winking under the mistletoe

Alicia Keys. Courtesy of the artist The title of Alicia Keys' new, and first, holiday album – it's kind of hard to believe she hadn't released one already – is called Santa Baby, after the double-entendre-heavy Eartha Kitt single that was somewhat scandalous at the time of its release in 1953. Keys opens the new record with a cover of it, which she tells Morning Edition is one of her […]

todayDecember 16, 2022

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