Rapper Doechii planned for the song "Crazy" to be her industry coming-out party — but the music video, with its focus on Black femme bodies, ran afoul of an unspoken rule.
Amanda Howell Whitehurst for NPR
Conductor Rafael Payare has released a recording of Mahler's Fifth Symphony and taken it on tour. The music figures prominently in the Oscar-nominated film Tar.
Gerard Collett/Courtesy of the artist
When you go back and listen to De La's early run you're getting a lesson about how hip-hop itself was born, how it survived in the past, how it functions at its most imaginative and how the artform can live on in the future.
A few years after winning a prestigious jazz vocal competition while still a college student, 23-year-old Samara Joy is now a multiple Grammy nominee for her album Linger Awhile.
Meredith Truax/Courtesy of the artist
Patrick Shiroishi — pictured here in Los Angeles — released 19 albums in 2022; at least three were standouts in their respective fields, in part because of the questions of identity they examine.
Sean Hazen for NPR
YoungBoy Never Broke Again (aka NBA YoungBoy) is among a handful of rappers who achieved massive streaming numbers in 2022 while remaining nearly invisible to the pop establishment.
Simone Noronha for NPR
Bad Bunny has a preternatural gift for realness, one that he wields with fluidity, because that is what Caribbeanness demands. It makes his fame feel delightful and deviant.
Illustration: Simone Noronha for NPR