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King Mez, of Raleigh, North Carolina, through Baltimore, in Los Angeles now.
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October 2, 2015 The Raleigh native's trajectory is both exceptional and what should always be the result of the combination of clear-minded determination and the exercise of god-given talent.
Mac Miller in Los Angeles in September. Note the Beats, Rhymes And Life tattoo on his right wrist.
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September 29, 2015 "It's liberating to realize you have the freedom to make mistakes. You have the time," says the Pittsburgh rapper, who lifted himself out of a dark period. "Because you're so small."
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Show creator Lin-Manuel Miranda performs as America's first treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton, in the hip-hop musical Hamilton.
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September 25, 2015 On paper, the hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton should be a joke. On this week's +1 podcast, NPR Music's Timmhotep Aku tells us why it isn't.
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Tyler, the Creator joins former rival A$AP Rocky as well as Danny Brown and Vince Staples on tour.
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September 24, 2015 Once at opposite ends of the hip-hop spectrum, two young rappers join forces for an unlikely tour.
Fetty Wap's new album, Fetty Wap, comes out September 25.
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September 23, 2015 The rise of the rapper from Paterson, N.J. with a trio of feel-good hits has felt inexorable and hilariously American. His debut album, finally here, is proof he did it his way.
Deniro Farrar's Guilty Until Proven Innocent EP will be released this Winter.
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September 23, 2015 North Carolina rapper's new song and video is raw and honest, a deeply personal glimpse into his family-focused world
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Hamilton comes out September 25.
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September 21, 2015 Don't call Hamilton unlikely: Lin-Manuel Miranda's lauded musical about the life of the Founding Father is Broadway crafted by an artist who knows rap to be our cultural lingua franca.
Black Violin's new album is called Stereotypes.
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September 17, 2015 As Black Violin, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste say they're merely demonstrating what two music styles with traditionally disparate audiences have in common.
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Evermore: The Art of Duality comes out September 25.
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September 16, 2015 The Flatbush, Brooklyn rap duo explores the concept of opposites, both complementary and contradictory, on their sophomore album.
GO:OD AM comes out September 18.
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September 14, 2015 The Pittsburgh rapper makes his major label debut and presents himself as a more balanced artist and human being.
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