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    So, Uh, What Happens to Tekashi 6ix9ine Now?It stands to reason that, in an unscrupulous attention economy, there would be a market for more content from 6ix9ine should he ever be released.
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    The Return of Missy Elliott, IconHer signature works still sound as if they’re from many years in the future. She’s now back with her first original project since 2005.
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    What Does Jay-Z Hope to Gain From the NFL?From a public-relations standpoint, it is difficult to see how the risk-reward calculation makes sense for Jay.
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    Everything to Know About A$AP Rocky’s Arrest and Detainment in SwedenRocky has been found guilty of assault, but given no further jail time than his month in detainment. Here’s how the controversial case played out.
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    Drake and Rick Ross Are Turning to Their Pasts for Present HitsBoth Care Package — a compilation of Drake’s one-offs — and Port of Miami 2 — the sequel to Ross’s debut — wind back the clock.
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    Where Does Big Sean Fit in Rap?He’s not only survived the sea changes in pop-rap sounds this decade, but navigated them deftly — at least in fits and starts.
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    The Downfall of Tay-K, the Viral Teen Rapper Just Convicted of MurderHe has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for the murder of a man during a home invasion, which he bragged about on his most famous song.
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    Lil Nas X Is Strategically Closing in on HistoryIt’s a testament to Lil Nas X’s extremely online charm that “Old Town Road” (and its many remixes) has yet to run out of steam.
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    The Biggest Revelations From the Unsealed Nipsey Hussle Murder Case DocsHis last words were “You got me.”
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    Bad Bunny and J Balvin Are Even More Exciting TogetherOn Oasis, two of urbano’s titans lure or outright shove one another into new, interesting corners.
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    Nicki Minaj Is Finally Back in Queen FormHer new songs suggest she’s capable of regaining the strangle she once had on rap and pop radio.
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    Drake the Celebrity Has Fully Overshadowed Drake the RapperHe just can’t stop getting in his own way.
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    How Bushwick Bill Became a Rap Pioneer and One of Its Most Conflicted FiguresThe story of his life is one of resilience.
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    The Absurd Longevity of Tyga’s CareerBy placing himself next to an endless parade of stars and tastemakers, Tyga has, improbably, been one of this decade’s commercial mainstays.
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    Cardi B May Not Need (or Want) This Press, But Her New Single Deserves It“Press” is the kind of song countless artists have written after tipping over into superstardom, but Cardi elevates it through sheer force of anger.
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    YG Remains One of L.A.’s Great Rap Stars This Century With New AlbumHis new album, 4REAL 4REAL, continues to build on the West Coast legacy his close friend Nipsey Hussle left behind.
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    Megan Thee Stallion Is Exactly What Rap NeedsHer debut album, Fever, shows off the Houston star’s sheer force of personality.
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    This Week in Rap: Could Offset Really Go to Jail for Breaking a Teen’s Phone?For slapping a phone out of a teen’s hand who was filming Offset without his permission, the rapper has been charged with a felony.
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    This Week in Rap: Have People Forgiven Kanye Enough to Join His Church?In the midst of all that worship and celebration at Coachella, he … also sold “HOLY SPIRIT” sweatshirts for $255 and socks for $50.
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    This Week in Rap: Kodak Black Just Keeps on ImplodingIn less than two weeks, Kodak Black has more or less spit on Nipsey Hussle’s grave, briefly gone missing, and then got arrested at the border.
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    The Final Lap: How Los Angeles Gave Nipsey Hussle a Hometown Hero’s FarewellThe scene at the late rapper’s memorial service, on the streets where he lived and died.
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    This Week in Rap: The Case for Why Boosie Badazz Still MattersBoosie’s post-prison rapping has been sharp but buried by his still-frustrating trajectory.
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    This Week in Rap: Juvenile Returns, billy woods Writes Paranoia, MoreFeaturing returned veterans, low-key gems, and beautiful paranoia.
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    This Week in Rap: Chief Keef Teams Up With Zaytoven, Quelle Chris InnovatesFeaturing Detroit innovation, coming-of-age meditations, and more.
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    This Week in Rap: Dave’s Personal Discovery, Juice WRLD Finds His Voice, MoreFeaturing self-discovery, emo-rap, and great songs out of West Oakland.
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    How Cash Money Records Changed Rap ForeverExploring the enduring legacy of Juvenile, B.G., Baby, Turk, Mannie Fresh, and a young Lil Wayne.
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    This Week in Rap: 2 Chainz Gets Personal, Rap Legend Myka 9 Returns, MoreFeaturing personal and heavy music, an exploration of rap styles, living legends, and much more.
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    This Week in Rap: Offset Goes Solo, Lil Pump’s Cartoon World, and MoreYoung Thug is now a genre, Eminem rarities are officially available, rap veterans find new ways to shine, and more.
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    This Week in Rap: Papoose Returns, Lor Choc Loves, Lucki Gets Frantic, and MoreNew York street rap, nuanced meditations on addiction, reality rap, and much more
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    This Week in Rap: Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Sean Price, Navy Blue, AJ TraceyA faithful posthumous album, the return of a perma-stoned duo, and much more.
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    This Week in Rap: G Herbo Gets Manic, Fly Anakin Breaks Out, and MoreManic Chicago rap, deadpan deliveries, and weird and dark tracks, and much more.
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    This Week in Rap: Dreezy Impresses, Sada Baby Shows Off His Range, and MoreIncluding Detroit street rap, New York throwback done right, and impressive showings from future legends.
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    This Week in Rap: YNW Melly’s Star Turn, Future’s Breakneck The WIZRD, and MoreIncluding star turns, hyperdetailed gross-out raps, beautiful production, and heartbreaking songs.
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    This Week in Rap: Tree and Vic Spencer Release a Tour De Force, Plus Lots MoreIncluding career highs, poignant looks at the past, and promising new tracks from rappers on the verge of breaking out.
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    This Week in Rap: Ketchy the Great, Serengeti, and SameflannelIncluding late night missives, an intense solo debut, and, unexpectedly, a Jenny Lewis feature.
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    This Week in Rap: Young Scooter, Shoreline Mafia, 21 Savage, and MoreAlso including some albums that slipped in at the end of 2018.
  37. documentaries
    American Dream/American Knightmare Gives Suge Knight the Last WordThis Showtime documentary does not fawn, but it lets the Death Row co-founder’s claims go unchallenged.
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    This Week in Rap: Another One From Gucci Mane, Mozzy Returns, and MoreFeaturing Mozzy, Curly Castro, Rucci, Gucci Mane, and more
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    This Week in Rap: Serengeti Gets Into Character, Nef the Pharoah Is Funny, MoreFeaturing Serengeti, Nef the Pharoah, Rucci, Koran Streets, and Drego & Beno.
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    This Week in Rap: Meek Mill’s Triumphant Return, Ski Mask’s Gymnastics, and MoreFeaturing Meek Mill, Ski Mask the Slump God, Lil Baby, and DaBoii
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    This Week in Rap: Earl Sweatshirt Breaks Boundaries, Dipset Returns, and MoreFeaturing Earl Sweatshirt, J.I.D, Boosie, Black Thought, Dipset, Benny the Butcher, and Key Glock.
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    This Week in Rap: Tyler Makes Music for the Grinch, Kossisko Gets Absurd, MoreFeaturing Kossisko, Chris Crack, City Girls, MBNel, Mike WiLL Made-It , and, uh, Tyler the Creator’s Grinch music.
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    This Week in Rap: Smino Gets Silky, Cupcakke Pushes Boundaries, and MoreFeaturing Smino, Cupcakke, Zilla Rocca, and Lil Peep.
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    This Week in Rap MusicFrom slick ’70s drug rap to vital California storytelling, and everything in between.
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    This Week in Rap MusicFrom underground vets to Washington, D.C.’s hometown hero, and everything in-between.
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    This Week in Rap MusicFrom internet obsessives to underground introspection and budding megastars, you’re bound to find something to love.
  47. Why Future Is One of the Most Important Artists of This DecadeOn a now-classic run of mixtapes and albums, the artist found new ways of conveying pain.
  48. Remembering Craig Mack, Bad Boy’s Forgotten First Success StoryThe “Flava in Ya Ear” rapper died Monday at 46 from heart failure.
  49. A Brief Guide to Mozzy, the Sacramento Rapper Kendrick Lamar LovesThe California rapper is poised to cross over thanks to crucial placement on the Black Panther soundtrack and a Grammys shout from Kendrick Lamar.
  50. How Eminem’s Slim Shady EP Paved the Way for SuperstardomThe six-song EP was a proof of concept so strong that it has survived sea changes in rap and in American life.
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