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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Microphone Check
7:13 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Prodigy On Mobb Deep's Early Days And Protecting His Success

Prodigy.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 1:48 pm

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Prodigy

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Microphone Check
6:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Mike Dean On Working With Selena, Scarface And Kanye

Mike Dean (center) backstage during the European leg of the Watch The Throne tour last year.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 1:14 pm

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Mike Dean

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Microphone Check
3:02 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Statik Selektah On Boom Bap And His Mom's Favorite Rapper

Statik Selelktah.
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Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 10:42 am

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Statik Selektah

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The Record
4:28 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

The-Dream On Why We All Need R&B

The-Dream performing in New York City in May.
Daniel Zuchnik Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 6:53 am

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First Listen
12:36 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

First Listen: Fat Tony, 'Smart Ass Black Boy'

Fat Tony's new album, Smart Ass Black Boy, comes out June 11.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 8:18 pm

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Fat Tony calls himself a smart ass, but he's not a showoff. The Houston rapper sounds at ease on the mic, delivering droll and conversational bars with a level stare. His tone is more lighthearted than that of Texan forebears such as Scarface, Z-Ro or Bun B. He's been around — this is Fat Tony's third album-length project — but he's just beginning to put down childish things, with some regret, e.g. "the trials and the tribulations of trying to get your first love butt-naked."

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