Frannie Kelley http://klcc.org en Essence: Songs From America's Biggest R&B Festival http://klcc.org/post/essence-songs-americas-biggest-rb-festival The Essence Festival, in New Orleans this weekend for its 20th edition, calls itself "the party with a purpose," for cause. The goal of the three nights of performances at the Superdome and three days of panels and talks at the Convention Center is to brand and supplement <em>Essence Magazine</em> — but what actually goes down every Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans begins in airports all over the country.<p>You don't even have to remember your exact gate number to know where you should be getting on line. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 05:08:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 16839 at http://klcc.org Essence: Songs From America's Biggest R&B Festival Pete Rock: 'Real Could Be Another Word For Original' http://klcc.org/post/pete-rock-real-could-be-another-word-original <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYmxbydg1BI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig3313DhcB8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSRyCMExqk4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BONgL61snlM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3SMJyT9PKY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUha0pSuvfk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVYza0NiWuU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWeppszdgSo</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:02:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley & Ali Shaheed Muhammad 16643 at http://klcc.org Pete Rock: 'Real Could Be Another Word For Original' The Rhythm That's A Way Of Living http://klcc.org/post/rhythm-thats-way-living Compared to American rock and roll, Afro-Cuban music sounds complicated to the point of intimidation. Sure the rhythms make you want to move, but if you stop to think about what's going on, your feet won't know what to do. And that's just the point — some rhythms are better felt than counted off. NPR's Frannie Kelley learned how easy they can be to play, once you abandon a central tenet of rock: the one.<p>She spoke to Cuban percussionist Dafnis Prieto, who grew up hearing complex rhythms outside his window in Havana. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 15989 at http://klcc.org The Rhythm That's A Way Of Living Ab-Soul: 'It's A Lot' http://klcc.org/post/ab-soul-its-lot Ab-Soul, the most philosophical member of the by now vaunted Top Dawg Entertainment, met <em>Microphone Check</em> hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley in Los Angeles two weeks before the release of his latest album, called <em>These Days ...</em> After only one listen to the album, the three of them had a conversation about Ab's high expectations of his audience and what he's trying to make for them.<p>"I've learned the bulk of what I know from hip-hop music. You understand what I'm saying? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:34:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley & Ali Shaheed Muhammad 15970 at http://klcc.org Ab-Soul: 'It's A Lot' Rhythm Section: Spending A Week Trying To Catch The Beat http://klcc.org/post/rhythm-section-spending-week-trying-catch-beat <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw3AtnMg1xo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78NZVrC03J0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLWlB3ib7ZM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfjuRPQ7TyE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZWa_LAfhNk</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 15713 at http://klcc.org Rhythm Section: Spending A Week Trying To Catch The Beat Sound Off: Where The Military's Rhythm Came From http://klcc.org/post/sound-where-militarys-rhythm-came <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6bhv4i8qso</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 15704 at http://klcc.org Sound Off: Where The Military's Rhythm Came From Mannie Fresh DJ Set: 'We Bounced Everything' http://klcc.org/post/mannie-fresh-dj-set-we-bounced-everything In the middle of <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/316698148/mannie-fresh-live-real-talk" target="_blank">our live interview with Mannie Fresh</a> at NPR's headquarters in D.C., Ali asked Mannie how he approaches DJing — does he play what he wants to hear? Or does he feed the crowd? "When I want you to understand something, I remix it," Mannie said. "If it's Earth Wind and Fire, and you not getting it, I'ma make you get it."<p>Laughing, and speaking for everyone in the room, Ali then asked if he could get a couple of those Mannie Fresh special remixes. Thu, 29 May 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley & Ali Shaheed Muhammad 14593 at http://klcc.org Mannie Fresh DJ Set: 'We Bounced Everything' D'Angelo: 'I'm Trying To Go Deep' http://klcc.org/post/dangelo-im-trying-go-deep <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3woHfDKTjqU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAfuUZRou7g</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COix3dndSfk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3y2aP0B4Ic</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 16:55:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 14228 at http://klcc.org D'Angelo: 'I'm Trying To Go Deep' Inside The XXL Freshmen Issue http://klcc.org/post/inside-xxl-freshmen-issue <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_rNBo19E90</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_qvXRXF5FQ</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 13403 at http://klcc.org Inside The XXL Freshmen Issue Freddie Gibbs: 'I Think I'm The Best Rapper' http://klcc.org/post/freddie-gibbs-i-think-im-best-rapper <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbxcPy1qJTU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwC5ePDNkp0</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 13250 at http://klcc.org Freddie Gibbs: 'I Think I'm The Best Rapper'