Frannie Kelley

Frannie Kelley is an Editor for NPR Music.

In this position, Kelley is responsible for editing, producing and reporting NPR Music's coverage of hip-hop, R&B and the ways the music industry affects the music we hear, on the radio and online. She is co-editor of NPR's music news blog, The Record, and co-host of NPR's rap stream Microphone Check, with Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

Since joining NPR in September of 2007, Kelley has worked on a variety of projects including running a series on hip-hop in 1993 and overseeing a project on women musicians. She also ran another series on the end of the decade in music and web-produced the Arts Desk's series on vocalists, called 50 Great Voices. Most recently, her piece on Why You Should Listen to Odd Future was selected to be a part of the Best Music Writing 2012 Anthology.

Prior to joining NPR, Kelley worked in book publishing at Grove/Atlantic in a variety of positions from 2004 to 2007. She has a B.A. in Music Criticism from New York University.



Tue October 21, 2014
Microphone Check

T.I.: 'We Make Music That Come From The Heart'

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 6:03 am

T.I. at NPR's New York City bureau.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR


Fri October 3, 2014
The Record

Outkast And Atlanta: Until They Close The Curtain

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 10:37 am

Two dope boys on a Cadillac: Andre 3000 and Big Boi in the early days.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images


Fri September 26, 2014
Microphone Check

Andre 3000: 'You Can Do Anything From Atlanta'

Andre Benjamin during a Q&A at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles following a screening of Jimi: All Is By My Side last weekend.
Justin Baker WireImage


Thu September 18, 2014
Microphone Check

Joell Ortiz: 'I Refuse To Compromise Me'

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 4:09 pm

Joell Ortiz at a DJ Booth cypher in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in September.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR


Wed September 3, 2014
Microphone Check

Souls Of Mischief: 'It's Like Catching Lightning In A Bottle'

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 6:58 am

Souls of Mischief are, from left to right, A-Plus, Tajai, Opio and Phesto.
Courtesy of Audible Treats