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 interviews podcast, 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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Front Row
9:13 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Boogie, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Compton rapper Boogie kicked off NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
Adam Kissick for NPR

The first voice we heard when Compton rapper Boogie took the stage Wednesday night wasn't his. It was Darius, Boogie's five-year-old son, booming out the speakers and making occasional appearances throughout his set. This is Boogie's first SXSW, among his first concerts and the beginning of a career that will have to be built on the road, which will mean stretches away from his son, stretches when his son's voice will have to be piped in just like it was at Stubb's.

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Microphone Check
3:47 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Big Sean: 'I Stuck With My Gut'

Big Sean at NPR's Los Angeles bureau.
Emily Berl for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 2:47 pm

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Microphone Check
10:37 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Terrace Martin: 'Everything Got A Little Bit Of Funk In It'

Terrace Martin.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 2:47 pm

Last year you heard Terrace Martin's work on YG's album, Ninth Wonder's compilation, Big K.R.I.T.'s Cadillactica and, just this week, a new song by Kendrick Lamar, called "The Blacker The Berry." In the space of less than six months in 2014, the LA-based producer and multi-instrumentalist also put out a full solo album, 3Chor

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Microphone Check
6:33 am
Fri January 30, 2015

DJ Quik: 'Flamboyant? Every Now And Then'

DJ Quik onstage at his album release party at SOB's in New York City on Oct. 7, 2014.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 1:33 pm

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Microphone Check
12:17 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

AraabMuzik: 'I Have So Much Music, It Doesn't Make Sense'

AraabMuzik at work.
Erez Avissar Courtesy of Distrolord

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 2:48 pm

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The Record
2:36 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Andraé Crouch, Who Moved Gospel Into The 21st Century, Has Died

Andraé Crouch in an undated press photo, circa 1970.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 3:06 pm

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Microphone Check
1:00 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Black Milk: 'It's Not Really A Cakewalk'

Black Milk in his hometown, Detroit.
Rick Williams Courtesy of Black Milk

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 6:54 pm

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Microphone Check
10:29 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

J. Cole: 'Ain't Enough Of Us Trying'

J Cole, whose mother supported him as a postal worker when he was a kid.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 2:49 pm

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Microphone Check
3:28 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Rick Ross: 'It Was Just So Powerful To Me'

Rick Ross.
Courtesy of Def Jam Records

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:16 am

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

First Listen: Ghostface Killah, '36 Seasons'

Ghostface Killah's new album, 36 Seasons, comes out Dec. 9.
Stan Oh Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 8:42 am

It's fair to wonder why anybody would make an album today, much less a group of musicians who've proven themselves several times over. There isn't much money to be had, and what little there is can be got by other, less exhausting methods than touring to break new songs. Kool G Rap doesn't need to do this – everybody you respect wishes they could be like him when they grow up. Pharoahe Monch dropped an album this year that leveled whole tiers of his competition. AZ, when he cares to, rhymes circles around 99.99 % of the rapping population.

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