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With A Long-Awaited Shot At Freedom, Mac Phipps Has His Eyes On The Future

Mac Phipps, the rapper formerly signed to No Limit Records, has been granted clemency after 21 years in prison. Dale Edwin Murray for NPR hide caption

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toggle caption Dale Edwin Murray for NPR Shuttered Venue Grants Are Coming In April, After A Long Wait

Music venues, like the Metro in Chicago, have gone through a long and uncertain wait for aid passed by Congress in December. KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Shuttered Venue Grants Are Coming In April, After A Long Wait

Lou Ottens, Inventor Of The Cassette Tape, Has Died

Cassette tapes gave new control to music fans, allowing them to create and share their own collections of songs in a cheap and easily portable format. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images With Her Recording Series 'Rising Sun,' Lara Downes Re-Centers Black Composers

Lara Downes. Her recent album, Phenomenal Women, featured recordings of compositions by Black female composers whose legacies have been overlooked by the classical establishment. Max Barrett/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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With Her Recording Series ‘Rising Sun,’ Lara Downes Re-Centers Black Composers

On 'Plugs I Met 2,' Benny The Butcher Is Saying The Quiet Part Out Loud, Up Front

Jeremie Pennick, better known as Benny The Butcher, in a portrait from 2021. His new album, Plugs I Met 2, will be released March 19. Cam Kirk/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Cam Kirk/Courtesy of the artist Remembering Bunny Wailer, Reggae Mystic And Wailers Co-Founder

Bunny Wailer was the last living founder of iconic Jamaican reggae band The Wailers. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Hulton Archive/Getty Images From 'Jolene' To Vaccine: Dolly Parton Gets COVID-19 Shot She Helped Fund

Dolly Parton, pictured performing in May 2014, shared a video of herself getting her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. Wade Payne/Invision/via AP hide caption

toggle caption Wade Payne/Invision/via AP Bunny Wailer, Iconic Reggae Singer And Wailers Co-Founder, Has Died At Age 73

Bunny Wailer photographed in London in 1988. David Corio/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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Bunny Wailer, Iconic Reggae Singer And Wailers Co-Founder, Has Died At Age 73

Ralph Peterson Jr., Drummer Who Re-Enlivened Hard Bop, Dead At 58

Ralph Peterson Jr., performing in 2012 at Symphony Space in New York. Dave Kaufman hide caption

toggle caption Dave Kaufman Vijay Iyer And A New Trio Reflect On The 'Uneasy' Past And Present

From left: Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer and Linda May Han Oh. The trio, Iyer’s newest, collaborated on the album Uneasy. Craig Marsden/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Craig Marsden/Courtesy of the artist Rapper Mac Phipps, After 20 Years In Prison, Is One Step Closer To Freedom

McKinley “Mac” Phipps at Lousiana’s Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in 2011. Courtesy of the Phipps family hide caption

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Rapper Mac Phipps, After 20 Years In Prison, Is One Step Closer To Freedom

What Does Daft Punk Leave Behind?

Fans photographed on the eve of Daft Punk’s album launch, held in the tiny Australian town of Wee Waa, on May 17, 2013. Shanna Whan/AFP/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Shanna Whan/AFP/AFP via Getty Images Bobby Shmurda Is Coming Home. What Happens Next?

Bobby Shmurda at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Oct. 30, 2014. Taylor Hill/Getty Images hide caption

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Bobby Shmurda Is Coming Home. What Happens Next?

Julien Baker Joined NPR Music's Listening Party For 'Little Oblivions'

Julien Baker’s new album is called Little Oblivions. Alysse Gafkjen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Alysse Gafkjen/Courtesy of the artist Violence Erupts In Barcelona On 5th Night Of Protests Over Jailed Rapper

Protesters clash with Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan police force, following a demonstration Saturday in Barcelona against the imprisonment of Spanish rapper Pablo Hasel. Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images Metropolitan Opera Backstage Workers: 'Without People, The Opera Is Nothing'

Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City remains closed following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on Jan. 16, 2021. Cindy Ord/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Cindy Ord/Getty Images U-Roy, Jamaican Vocalist Who Defined Dancehall And Presaged Hip-Hop, Dies At 78

U-Roy, performing at Reggae Sunsplash in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Aug. 8, 1984. David Corio/Redferns hide caption

toggle caption David Corio/Redferns Milford Graves, Visionary Drummer Who Mapped The Music Of The Heart, Dead At 79

Milford Graves, circa 2000, in front of his house in South Jamaica, Queens, N.Y. New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images Fania Records Co-Founder Johnny Pacheco Dies At 85

Johnny Pacheco, seen here in 2007, died at the age of 85 on Monday. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images hide caption

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Fania Records Co-Founder Johnny Pacheco Dies At 85

'Just The Two Of Us' Songwriter Found His Sound In Solitude

Young Jada Salter and her grandfather, William Salter, in 2002. Jamal Salter hide caption

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‘Just The Two Of Us’ Songwriter Found His Sound In Solitude

Judge Rules Against Britney Spears' Father In Conservatorship Dispute

Singer Britney Spears at an appearance in Hollywood in July 2019. Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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