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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The Record
4:59 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

Big Boi (left) and Andre 3000 perform on stage at Coachella during the first stop on OutKast's reunion tour.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 5:42 pm

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Microphone Check
6:48 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

E-40: 'I'm On The West Coast, Eating'

E-40.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 4:30 pm

  • E-40 With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley

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Microphone Check
3:28 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

ScHoolboy Q: 'I Call Myself All-American'

ScHoolboy Q onstage at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City two days before his major label debut dropped.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 2:21 pm

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The Record
11:44 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Rap From Memphis: The Outtakes

The Pyramid Sports Arena in Memphis in 1998.
Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images

Originally published on Sat February 8, 2014 4:42 pm

During the reporting of our story about the legacy of Comin' Out Hard in Memphis rap, we spent time in the city with MJG, Young Dolph and Drumma Boy. We met Yo Gotti in New York and got Eightball in a studio in Atlanta. We didn't have enough time to talk to everybody who's made Memphis rap what it is, like Gangsta Boo, or DJ Paul, Juicy J, Project Pat, or even Gangsta Pat.

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The Record
12:42 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Eightball, MJG And Rap From Memphis 20 Years On

MJG (left) and Eightball in an early, undated photo.
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 3:08 pm

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Microphone Check
9:22 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Starlito And Don Trip: Writers First, Rappers Second

Starlito (left) and Don Trip, in their video for "Caesar & Brutus."
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 1:04 pm

  • Starlito And Don Trip With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley

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NPR Story
3:36 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Yes, Yeezus Dominated 2013 Hip Hop, But Many More Gems Were Made

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 5:44 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

All this week, we're looking back at the year in music with our friends at NPR Music as our guides. Every year, they round up their favorite 50 albums, some mainstream, some more obscure and some completely unavoidable, like "Yeezus" from Kanye West.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BOUND 2")

BRENDA LEE: Uh-huh, honey.

KANYE WEST: (Rapping) What you doing in the club on a Thursday? You said you only here for a girl birthday. They ordered champagne but still look thirsty. Rock Forever 21 but just turned 30.

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Best Music Of 2013
10:11 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

What We Talked About When We Talked About Hip-Hop In 2013

Jay Z (left) and Drake at Kevin Durant's birthday party in New York City on September 22.
Shareif Ziyadat FilmMagic

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 4:35 pm

We all listen to music differently. What we hear is shaded by our history, our knowledge, our equipment, our mood, our taste. But every year there are moments when everybody who lives and breathes hip-hop is talking about the same thing.

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Microphone Check
12:37 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Bun B On Janis Joplin, UGK's Label Struggles And His Voice

Bun B getting ready to take the stage with the Houston Symphony two days after this interview took place.
Courtesy of Marco Torres

Originally published on Wed December 4, 2013 5:29 pm

  • Bun B With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley

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The Record
10:03 pm
Tue November 12, 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 3:18 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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