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Mannie Fresh Live: 'Real Talk'

The legendary New Orleans producer and DJ on Lil Wayne, Juvenile, Mantronix, Mos Def and his dad.

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A Conversation With D'Angelo

Listen to an interview between the R&B star and author Nelson George, live from Brooklyn.

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Jeremiah Jae And Oliver The 2nd: 'Take It Back To The Essence'

"We just want to make the music the focal point and make that as great as we can make it."

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Rob Gullatte: 'I Just Can't Seem To Get These Raps Out My Head'

"I got a job," says the Houstonian. "I like my job, it's cool. But I'm sitting there writing raps."

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Lunice: 'I Ain't Doing What That Guy Did'

The producer and DJ on his performance style, learning from the greats and reading autobiographies.

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The Outfit, TX: 'Where Is That Working Man's Music?'

The trio sat down in the Austin sunshine and opined on Texas funk, Texas weather and their business.

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Young Chop: 'I Gotta Stay Working'

Even in the midst of SXSW, the Chicago producer was selling beats and putting in studio time.

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Kevin Gates: 'I Put All My Flaws On Front Street'

"The more I grow in popularity," the rising Baton Rouge rapper says, "the lonelier it gets."