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Rapper Dessa on hard truths about life as a touring artist

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Sep 18, 2018
"I have earned the dark circles this year," she says.
Dessa is a touring musician and a member of the Minneapolis based hip-hop collective Doomtree.
Chad Kamenshine/Courtesy of Dessa Wander

The three richest American musicians are all rappers

by Kai Ryssdal and Phoebe Unterman Mar 6, 2018
Diddy, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z built multimillion dollar empires around their music careers.
Diddy, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z (L-R) used to compete in the rap wars of the '90s. Now, their companies are rivals.
Getty Images

What do you have in common with the kings of hip-hop?

by Danielle Chiriguayo Mar 6, 2018
Check out what personality traits you might share with Jay-Z, Dr. Dre or Diddy.
Sean “Diddy” Combs performs onstage during the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour at The Forum on Oct. 4, 2016, in Inglewood, California.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Live Nation

Using the lessons of hip-hop to start a business

by Marielle Segarra Jun 6, 2017
A program in Philadelphia is teaching entrepreneurship through the successes and failures of the music business.
Students at the Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship are learning how to start a business.
Photo courtesy of the IHHE

Flatbush Zombies on remaining independent, racism and more

by Raghu Manavalan Jun 24, 2016
For the Brooklyn-based hip-hop group, independence isn't just a business decision, it's a lifestyle.
Erick Arc Elliott, Zombie Juice and Meechy Darko of Flatbush Zombies perform onstage during TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC at Barclays Center of Brooklyn in 2015 in New York City.
Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIDAL

So, Hamburger Helper dropped a mixtape

by Tony Wagner Apr 1, 2016
This is not an April Fool's Day post.
Hamburger Helper mascot Lefty in the studio, from the brand's Twitter account.
via @Helper

China pushing propaganda through hip-hop

by Rob Schmitz Jan 6, 2016
Also known as rapaganda.

Invest in Marketplace today

Ask not what Marketplace can do for you, but what you can do for Marketplace.

The global influence of hip hop and breakdancing

by Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios May 19, 2015
Filmmaker Adam Sjöberg chronicles the lives of b-boys and girls around the world.
Breakdancers in Cambodia.
Bond/360

Want a career in music? You might need to move south

by Jenny Ament May 8, 2015
Why the music scene in Atlanta draws people from all over.

Yo! The tech industry in rap

by Molly Wood Sep 26, 2013
A look at the best tech references in rap music.