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December 8, 2014 Fifty albums for a heavier-than-average year, selected by NPR Music's staff and member station partners. These are the albums we held close in 2014 and the ones we want to share.
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 22, 2008 Hip hop artist T.I. is currently sitting atop the Billboard singles chart. He's taking up a lot of room, too. He's got the No. 1 and No. 2 songs in the country. It's a rare feat — accomplished by the Beatles in 1964 and the Bee Gees at the height of disco. Andrea Seabrook spins a few hot hits and examines the phenomenon.
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October 1, 2008 The Atlanta rapper has picked up a pad of paper for the first time since 2001 (a change from writing and keeping his lyrics in his head), and the result is a blur of intricately constructed rhymes. Paper Trail is an intensely personal album with a couple of commercial smashes muddying the waters; on the posse cut "Swagga Like Us," T.I. raps circles around three of the most popular rappers in the world.
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