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January 15, 2013

Two hijab-wearing rappers dispel some misconceptions around gender + Islam while making music with a wide appeal.

May 05, 2012

If you're a fan of the Beastie Boys and Adam Yauch, we hope you take a few minutes to listen to these two Beastie Boys tracks - "Shambhala" and "Boddhisatva Vow" - and remember the life of MCA, a phenomenal artist and a fine human being.

October 01, 2011

The Minneapolis hip hop artist unites community, family, and serving one another through a cool community get-together and outreach effort in the Twin Cities.

November 18, 2010

OK, if you dig our program, you like public radio. And so there’s really no reason you won’t hit the replay button on this ode to public radio. And, yes, I was looking for a mention… Doh! But The Splendid Table made the list. Yeah!


November 13, 2010

When the rapper Shyne's conversion is profiled, is Orthodox Judaism is used as just a hook?

May 21, 2010

Some of the best story lines coming out of this year’s World Cup aren’t about sport at all. They’re about people rising above their circumstances, creating something new, defying their genre, being recognized for their talents.

Such is the case with K’naan. The poet and hip-hot artist’s song “Wavin’ Flag” is now the official theme song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

A Somali-born Canadian who grew up in Mogadishu before immigrating to North America at the age of 13, he takes an unexpected tact tack when writing lyrics. K’naan doesn’t see much sense, he says, in glorifying the violence and strife that surrounded him in his childhood like many American rappers:

“There wasn’t a voice that understood the, ya know, the gratitude that comes from survival. There wasn’t a voice in music that was doing that.”

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