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June 11, 2010 With his lyrical prowess and affinity for controversy, Queens-born rapper Nas has a knack for staying relevant in the hip-hop world. The pairing of Nas and reggae royalty Damian Marley on Distant Relatives has the artists bridging continents and styles, and extending their relevance beyond the confines of their respective genres. Hear the pair perform live from the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn.
November 7, 2008 This election season, hip-hop artists flocked to their mixing boards in unprecedented fashion in support of Barack Obama. Rapper Young Jeezy and professor Mark Anthony Neal discuss the effect of an African-American president-elect on hip-hop.
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July 15, 2008 The hip-hop icon from Queensbridge has put out a conceptually brave album that works as a love letter to black America and a reclamation of a racial slur. Despite sampling himself, Biggie, and Tupac, Nas makes his untitled new album an unapologetic work of art about black American culture.
March 4, 2008 Critic Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times talks about Tuesday's new releases, including CDs from Kathleen Edwards, The Gutter Twins, and Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, and also addresses the controversy surrounding a recent review of the Black Crowes.
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February 27, 2007 It's audacious to declare the end of an entire musical subculture, and downright outrageous to do so when it's your musical subculture. With "Hip Hop Is Dead," Nas attempts to steer the genre in new directions while reasserting his status as one of its foremost personalities.
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