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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Microphone Check
5:44 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 4:47 pm

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Microphone Check
12:37 pm
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 4:47 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
8:33 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 3:33 pm

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Microphone Check
2:17 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 4:48 pm

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Microphone Check
3:36 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 8:54 pm

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Microphone Check
12:29 am
Fri December 12, 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 4:49 pm

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Microphone Check
5:28 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 12:16 pm

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Microphone Check
8:35 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Run The Jewels: 'I'm Taking This Life'

El-P (Jaime Meline) and Killer Mike (Michael Render) are Run the Jewels.
Timothy Saccenti Courtesy of Biz 3 Publicity

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 6:59 pm

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Microphone Check
4:19 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Dante Ross: 'We Wanted Our Own Universe'

Dante Ross at an Anthony Hamilton performance in New York City in 2006.
Ray Tamarra Getty Images

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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:36 am
Wed October 29, 2014

T-Pain: Tiny Desk Concert

Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 4:06 pm

T-Pain's fingerprints are all over pop and R&B and hip-hop. He wasn't the first musician to use Auto-Tune as an instrument — he noticed it on a Jennifer Lopez remix, and remembers "Deep" well — but it was, as he says, his style. For a while, in the mid-2000s, he lived at the top of the charts. He dominated that brief moment of our lives when ringtones were a thing.

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