Frannie Kelley

Frannie Kelley is an Editor for NPR Music.

In this position, Kelley is responsible for editing, producing and reporting NPR Music's coverage of hip-hop, R&B and the ways the music industry affects the music we hear, on the radio and online. She is co-editor of NPR's music news blog, The Record, and co-host of NPR's rap stream Microphone Check, with Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

Since joining NPR in September of 2007, Kelley has worked on a variety of projects including running a series on hip-hop in 1993 and overseeing a project on women musicians. She also ran another series on the end of the decade in music and web-produced the Arts Desk's series on vocalists, called 50 Great Voices. Most recently, her piece on Why You Should Listen to Odd Future was selected to be a part of the Best Music Writing 2012 Anthology.

Prior to joining NPR, Kelley worked in book publishing at Grove/Atlantic in a variety of positions from 2004 to 2007. She has a B.A. in Music Criticism from New York University.

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Microphone Check
11:31 am
Tue November 12, 2013

'All Daps And Hugs': G-Side Reunites And Releases A New Song

G-Side, reunited.
Matt McGinley

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 Starshipz & Rocketz 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.

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Microphone Check
3:39 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Eight Million Stories: Hip-Hop In 1993

Faith Newman, Ralph McDaniels and Prince Paul at the Ace Hotel Sept. 25.
Ebru Yildiz for NPR

All year Morning Edition and NPR Music have been running radio pieces about rap albums released 20 years ago, in 1993. 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 Ace Hotel in New York City and tell stories about that productive and creative year. At the audio link you can hear an edited version of the evening.

Our guests were:

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Microphone Check
1:43 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

New Song: Starlito And Ryan Hemsworth, 'Can't Get Over You'

Starlito working at Tuff Cut Sound in Burbank, Calif., in July.
Courtesy of Yours Truly

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 4:30 pm

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The Record
8:14 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Where Rock The Bells Fails, Drake's Tour Succeeds

Drake backlit at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Monday night.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 4:18 pm

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.

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Microphone Check
1:56 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Pusha T On A Tribe Called Quest, His Frustrations And Pharrell (Part 2)

Pusha T.
Courtesy of Def Jam Records
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Pusha T (Part 2)

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Microphone Check
1:18 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Pusha T On Fronting, Responsibility And Kanye (Part 1)

Pusha T.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 2:42 pm

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Pusha T

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Microphone Check
1:38 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Marley Marl On The Bridge Wars, LL Cool J And Discovering Sampling

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 1:42 pm

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Marley Marl

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Microphone Check
12:26 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Goodie Mob On Hip-Hop Made By And For Adults

Goodie Mob is, from left to right, Khujo, T-Mo, Cee-Lo and Big Gipp.
Courtesy of The Chamber Group

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 2:50 pm

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Goodie Mob

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The Record
12:03 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

Thundercat On Making Music Outside The Lines

Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner
B+ Courtesy of Motormouth Media

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:41 pm

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.

Now, with his second album, he's stepping to the front of the stage.

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First Listen
12:25 am
Mon July 15, 2013

First Listen: Ka, 'The Night's Gambit'

Ka, in a still from his video for "Off the Record."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 9:43 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

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