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Ja Rule: 'I Took It Upon Myself To Become A Man'

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Why Would More Than 500 Artists Sample The Same Song?

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Ab-Soul With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley

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Vanessa Satten And Dan Rys With Ali Shaheed Muhamamd And Frannie Kelley

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Freddie Gibbs With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley

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Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers performs in Texas in 2013. From left: Alloysious Massaquoi, Graham "G" Hastings, Kayus Bankole. Joshua Brasted/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Connections On A Dance Floor: The Musical Brotherhood Of Young Fathers

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Nas in 1994, the year Illmatic was released. Danny Clinch/Courtesy of Sony Legacy hide caption

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'Illmatic': The Making Of A Classic

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Minya Oh, who reviewed Illmatic in The Source in 1994 under the pen name Shortie and is now a radio personality on New York's Hot 97 who goes by Miss Info. Here she poses for a portrait backstage at a vitaminwater Fader uncapped event in 2012. Roger Kisby/Getty Images hide caption

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Faith Newman in late 1993 or early '94 at Sony Studios with, from left to right, DJ Premier, Large Professor, Nas, Q-Tip and L.E.S. — all the producers on Illmatic except for Pete Rock. Courtesy of Faith Newman hide caption

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