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WATCH: Soulquarians' Story Comes to Life in New Animated Short

See how Questlove, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo and a host of other Black musicians came together to develop a new sonic blueprint for hip hop and R&B in the late ’90s. 

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3 Questions With Ma Dukes Yancey-Smith, the Torchbearer of J. Dilla's Legend

Yancey-Smith’s children’s book about her late son, “The Life Story of James Dewitt Yancey,” is out now. We asked the woman behind the production hero’s namesake foundation about the new book and her son’s place in Black history.

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Wake Up and Wind Down With President Obama's New Two-Part Spotify Playlist

The playlist, curated for day and night, features artists as varied as Jidenna, Esperanza Spalding and Billie Holiday. 

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Sheila E. to Release New Song, Album Inspired by Prince

Prince’s renowned collaborator and former fiancée conceived the album, “Girl Meets Boy,” after his death.

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D'Angelo, Sheila E. to Pay Tribute to Prince at BET Awards

The Roots and Janelle Monáe will also honor the icon during the June 26 awards show.

ICYMI: Listen to Kendra Foster's Slow-Burning New Song, 'Promise To Stay Here'

The D’Angelo collaborator and former Parliament Funkadelic member steps out on her own with a new, funky track. 

#TBT: Celebrate D'Angelo's B-Day With These Stunning Live Performances

The R&B pioneer turns 42 today. 

4 Tracks That Prove David Bowie's Influence on Hip-Hop

The trailblazing artist died yesterday, January 10, at the age of 69. 

2015 Favorites: the Breakdown

We asked tons of creators and changemakers to tell us their favorite music, TV shows and more of 2015. Here’s our breakdown of what hit with folks the most, by category. 

D'Angelo's Anti-Police Violence Plea Turned Into a Stark Hoodie

The hoodie features part of the chorus of “The Charade” in a chalk outline on the back. 

Kendrick Lamar Tops Grammy Roster With 11 Nominations

D’Angelo’s “Black Messiah” and the “Hamilton” cast recording were also recognized during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards nomination announcement. 

'Didn’t Cha Know' You Need To Hear This Stunning Erykah Badu Cover?

You really should listen to this. 

Nicki Minaj, D'Angelo Among Artists Of Color Nominated for AMAs

In an otherwise-predominantly-white list of nominees, a few chart-topping artists of color were recognized during today’s American Music Awards nomination ceremony. 

With a Fresh New LP, Gary Clark Jr. Jumps Out of His 'Blues Savior' Box

The celebrated singer/guitarist spreads his wings and defies convention while repurposing blues, rock and R&B on “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.”

Bill Withers Tribute at Carnegie Hall to Feature D'Angelo, Aloe Blacc, and Others

Legendary soul singer/guitarist Bill Withers will be present at a tribute in October where pop and RnB heavy-hitters pay tribute to his legacy and “Live at Carnegie Hall” album. 

VIDEO: D'Angelo and Bobby Seale Talk Black Power and Protest Music

The legendary Black Panthers co-founder and R&B superstar talk protest music and  the Black Power movement while driving around Cali’s Bay Area.

ICYMI: D'Angelo Sang 'Black Messiah' Hits on Saturday Night Live

Watch it here.

Spike Lee Testifies About D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah'

You can too.

Ferguson Decision Prompted Early Release of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah'

A behind-the-scenes look at the album’s journey to number one.

D'Angelo Dedicates New Album to Resistance in Ferguson, Occupy Wall Street

“It’s not about praising one charismatic leader but celebrating thousands of them.”