News and Interviews

Remembering Nipsey Hussle: one degree of separation


Jeffrey Bissoy interviews Nipsey Hussle at BITCON

On the day rapper, entrepreneur and activist Nipsey Hussle is memorialized in Los Angeles, MPR News' Jeffrey Bissoy shares an interview he did with Hussle at the Blacks in Technology conference on October 2018. Bissoy also reflects on Hussle's legacy in music and in the broader community.

Music News: Queen musical 'We Will Rock You' coming to America this year


Queen musical 'We Will Rock You'

Elvis Costello and Blondie announce a 2019 joint tour; Loretta Lynn celebrates her 87th birthday with a big Nashville bash; most hits are written by groups of people, not individual artists; Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers cheekily cover Oscar-winning song from 'A Star Is Born'; and a Queen musical that debuted in London in 2002 is coming to America later this year, buoyed by the popularity of 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'

Music News: Tributes pour in for late rapper and community leader Nipsey Hussle


Nipsey Hussle

Mick Jagger's heart-valve replacement surgery postpones Rolling Stones' tour. A number of musicians will appear in an upcoming zombie film from director Jim Jarmusch. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted a new class of honorees, including an underwhelmed Robert Smith. And heartfelt tributes are pouring in for the late musician and community leader Nipsey Hussle, who died in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Music News: The music of Mardi Gras


Mardi Gras band 2

Today is Mardi Gras, and we take a look at the musical tradition of Fat Tuesday. Also, a fake Rihanna album climbs the charts, Jack White rebuilds a baseball stadium, and a Beatles fan finally returns a magazine from 1968.