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Crowd Funding For Musicians Isn't The Future; It's The Present

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& It Was U

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Essence In New Orleans: A Festival That Knows Its Audience

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A New Hip-Hop Recipe With A Familiar Sound

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Audio Only: Chuck Brown's Tiny Desk Concert

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'Momma' by Brand Nubian

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