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Jeremiah Jae and Oliver the 2nd of Black Jungle Squad.

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

April 17, 2014 – "We just want to make the music the focal point and make that as great as we can make it."

Big Boi (left) and Andre 3000 perform on stage at Coachella during the first stop on OutKast's reunion tour.

Watch Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

April 14, 2014 – The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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Emicida.

Watch Emicida: 'People Sample What Is Nearest To Them'

April 14, 2014 – The rapper has earned a global name for rapping about the plight of Brazil's minorities.

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Rob Gullatte during an interview with Microphone Check in Austin, Texas.

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

April 11, 2014 – "I got a job," says the Houstonian. "I like my job, it's cool. But I'm sitting there writing raps."

E-40.

Watch E-40: 'I'm On The West Coast, Eating'

April 9, 2014 – The Bay Area legend on his career, Master P, Lil Jon, T-Pain, Tupac and Too Short.

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9th Wonder addresses Harvard students in a scene from the documentary The Hip-Hop Fellow, which chronicles a year the producer spent teaching hip-hop culture as an academic subject.

Watch Hip-Hop Academy: Inside A Beatmaker's Harvard Class

April 4, 2014 – "Nobody from hip-hop was supposed to go to Harvard without a degree," says producer 9th Wonder.

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Lunice, center, being interviewed by Microphone Check's Ali Shaheed Muhammed, left, and Frannie Kelley, right.

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

April 1, 2014 – The producer and DJ on his performance style, learning from the greats and reading autobiographies.

The Outfit, TX with Microphone Check. From left to right, JayHawk, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Mel, Dorian and Frannie Kelley.

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

March 29, 2014 – The trio sat down in the Austin sunshine and opined on Texas funk, Texas weather and their business.

Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad interview Young Chop in Austin, Texas during SXSW.

Watch Young Chop: 'I Gotta Stay Working'

March 26, 2014 – Even in the midst of SXSW, the Chicago producer was selling beats and putting in studio time.

Lil' Jon performing in Hollywood in March.

Watch A Rational Conversation: Lil Jon's History Of Turning Up

March 25, 2014 – He may be best known as the king of crunk, but "Turn Down for What" isn't his first dance track.

Jay-Z performs during his Magna Carter world tour this past January.

Read What Do Jay Z And Shakespeare Have In Common? Swagger

March 17, 2014 – For our weekly word watch, we turn to "the idea of tremulous motion, swaying backwards and forward."

Hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa at a press conference in 2006. His Zulu Nation group, formed in the 1970s to combat street violence, soon began incorporating Nation of Islam teachings in its rhetoric.

Read 'Rebel Music': When Hip-Hop Met Islam

March 16, 2014 – From Afrika Bambaataa to Public Enemy, hip-hop is a culture relatable to Muslims around the world.

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Kevin Gates in an interview with NPR's Microphone Check.

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

March 14, 2014 – "The more I grow in popularity," the rising Baton Rouge rapper says, "the lonelier it gets."

Christylez Bacon's new album is Hip Hop Unplugged.

Read The Education Of Christylez Bacon

March 10, 2014 – The hip-hop artist witnessed both sides of Washington, D.C.'s economic divide growing up.

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Nicki Minaj's commercial success over the last decade has stood as an exception to the unwritten rule that women rappers no longer have a place among elite artists.

Read Where Did All The Female Rappers Go?

March 4, 2014 – This, we're told, is the year female rappers will break their way back into the mainstream.

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