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Mannie Fresh Live: 'Real Talk'

The legendary producer and DJ flew in from New Orleans to regale a Washington D.C. crowd with stories about Cash Money Records, Lil Wayne's career plan, Mantronix and working with Mos Def.

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A Conversation With D'Angelo

The iconic R&B vocalist sits down with author Nelson George for an in-depth interview at the Brooklyn Museum on Wednesday, May 21, part of Red Bull Music Academy's Festival New York.

A Conversation With D'Angelo

The show is over, but we'll publish the recording soon.

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

The cousins have formed Black Jungle Squad, a collective of relatives and close friends. "Taking it back to the days when there was a lot more crews in hip-hop," says Jeremiah. "Like Native Tongues."

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

"I got a job. I like my job, it's cool. But I'm sitting there writing raps," says the Houstonian. "I go out to the club and I'm like, 'Damn, I got this verse in my head.'"

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

While in Austin, Texas, the producer and DJ sat down in a sunny backyard and spoke 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 Dallas through Houston trio sat down in the Austin sunshine, cracked a few Lone Stars and opined on Texas funk, Texas weather, church and their business plan.

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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. He took a rare break to talk about studying songs from the '70s and Polow da Don's snare.

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

The Baton Rouge rapper, on the rise when he arrived in Austin for SXSW, feels conflicted about his new success. "The more I grow in popularity," he says, "the lonelier it gets."