My Signature Song: 'Defying Gravity'

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Grief can feel like a new world emerging, swallowing up the reality you once knew and expanding into something entirely all-consuming. New York rapper Kemba used that monolithic feeling to create his major label debut album, Gilda, a record that pays tribute to his mother who passed away two years ago.

Kemba's mother raised him and his two brothers in The Bronx, N.Y., a place that gave him little choice but to be immersed in hip-hop

Catch recent tracks by Bon Iver and Ra Ra Riot. Discovered Sarah Slaton, Oliver Hazard, and K.Flay. Homegrown Michigan connections came from Coach Kline, Lindsay Lou, Handgrenades, Jack M. Senff, Aunt Vicki, Boy From School, Modern Adventures, Birdie Country, The Doozers Band, and Tuxedo.

Gang Starr, Hip-Hop's Chilliest Pair Of Heads, Returns

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Gang Starr is back. After 16 years of silence, the revered duo of Guru and DJ Premier has put out a surprise new single, "Family and Loyalty." The song features posthumous verses from Guru, who passed away in 2010, DJ Premier's trademark string chops and light touch, and an acrobatic verse from J. Cole.

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This week on “Homespun”, we sampled new music from Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass along with Louisa Branscomb. We also celebrated the life of New Lost City Rambler John Cohen with music from the Ramblers, Putum String County Band and Roscoe Holcomb. We finished off the hour with new music from Joy Williams (Civil Wars) plus Buddy & Julie Miller!