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Kooley High Wants To Unite The North Carolina Hip-Hop Community

North Carolina hip-hop group Kooley High is out with their new album “Never Come Down.” The acclaimed Kendrick Lamar-collaborator Patrick Douthit, better known as 9th Wonder, is executive producer for the album and one of the tracks includes Grammy-nominated artist Rapsody who was also a founding member of the group. Rapsody has since branched off for her own solo career, but she is still close with the group that helped her get her start.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with members of Kooley High and they perform live in our studio.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Kooley High members: emcee Charlie Smarts (Alexander Thompson), rapper Tab-One (Taylor Burgess), DJ Ill Digitz (James Meyer), producer Sinopsis (Dennis McCarter), and producer Foolery (Thomas Kevin). The group shares their experiences working with 9th Wonder and perform tracks from the new album live in studio. The members of Kooley High also talk about the North Carolina hip-hop movement and how they are trying to bring the community together. Kooley High has an album release party on Saturday, April 21 at The Lincoln Theater in Raleigh

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Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.