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Lil Wayne, ringleading Friday night.
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September 1, 2015 The show was improbable and internal — a roster of cameos reflecting the city's tradition of bounce music and Cash Money Records — and its ringleader was a local superstar happy to share the stage.
Milo Greene — ignored this year by NPR's staff, but not its interns.
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December 22, 2011 Our interns tell us what we should have covered this year — and what we can't ignore in 2012.
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Lil Wayne performing at MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday night.
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August 30, 2011 Is Tha Carter IV, greeted with disappointment by many, the beginning of a new phase for the rapper?
Lil Wayne performing the song "6'7'" on stage at "Saturday Night Live" just days after it was released on iTunes.
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December 20, 2010 More music ignored traditional release dates, and fans and musicians alike reaped plenty of rewards.
Lil Wayne arrives at New York State Supreme Court for weapons charges on Dec. 15, 2009.
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February 9, 2010 Today, a New York judge told the rapper he can't postpone going to jail past March 2nd. He's a star whose influence reaches well beyond the hip-hop world. He's been in a Nike commercial with LeBron James, interviewed by Katie Couric. Even President Obama's mentioned his name--a few times. And he may even represent a new model for rappers who get sent to jail.
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January 14, 2010 The underground mixtape has long been a staple in hip-hop, with blended DJ selections being all the rage throughout the '90s. But this decade saw the format mutate: Rappers began to take matters into their own hands, linking directly with DJs to create artist-specific tapes of original material. Andrew Noz, of the blog Cocaine Blunts, looks back on a decade of important hip-hop mixes.
November 13, 2009 All Songs Considered's list of the 50 most important recordings of the decade continues, from Norah Jones to Jason Moran.
February 12, 2009 Hip-hop heavyweights might not always show their softer side, but when their hearts get broken, they're not often shy about airing their woes. As LL Cool J revealed in the sensitive classic "I Need Love," there's a tender heart beneath the surface of even the brashest rapper. Here are five tearjerkers from a group of normally stoic tough guys.
February 9, 2009 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss took home the highest honor at Sunday's Grammy Awards: album of the year for Raising Sand. The duo also won record of the year for their song, "Please Read the Letter." In all, Plant and Krauss won five Grammys, the most of the night. Coldplay and Lil Wayne each won three Grammys.
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February 6, 2009 Ever since the dawn of digital delivery, we've been hearing about how the single-song download is killing the album. But at the Grammy Awards, which take place Sunday night in Los Angeles, there's still a category for Album of the Year. Tom Moon profiles the nominees.
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