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Homeboy Sandman's fourth album is called First of a Living Breed.

Read Homeboy Sandman: A Rapper Leaves Law Behind

December 19, 2012 – The New York MC gave up a promising career path to rap full time.

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Reverend Run: From Rapper To Preacher

December 19, 2012 – Host Michel Martin talks with Rev. Run about his evolution from rapper to preacher.

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Robin Thicke performs in Feburary. His song, "Another Life" leaked on the Internet this summer, but didn't land on the charts.

Watch Top 5 Slept-On R&B Songs Of 2012

December 12, 2012 – Many singers made great R&B away from the mainstream this year. Here are five worth your attention.

R. Kelly (left) as Sylvester, and Eric Lane as Twan, in Trapped in the Closet, which relaunched with new chapters last week on IFC.

Read R. Kelly's Queer, Campy 'Closet' Reopens

November 27, 2012 – The R&B singer recently unveiled new chapters in his melodramatic Trapped in the Closet series.

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Solange Knowles.

Read Song Premiere: Solange, 'Lovers In The Parking Lot'

November 21, 2012 – A new album by the R&B singer, who has a mega-famous sister and an indie cohort, drops next week.

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A still from the video for "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Watch It Isn't (Just) Ironic: In Defense Of The Hipster

November 20, 2012 – A rising hit by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis helps refute the idea that irony dominates youth culture.

DJ Shadow's latest release is the career-spanning, limited-edition box set Reconstructed.

Watch DJ Shadow On Sampling As A 'Collage Of Mistakes'

November 17, 2012 – The hip-hop producer says he loves scouring old records in search of "accidental brilliance."

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Miguel, in a still from the video for "The Thrill," performed live at Different Fur Studios.

Watch First Watch: Miguel, 'The Thrill (Live)'

November 15, 2012 – This live in-studio performance distills the best parts of the R&B singer into a single video.

Screenshot from Lushlife's "Magnolia" video.

Watch What Can You Make With $80 And A Hot Glue Gun?

November 5, 2012 – The low-budget video for Lushlife's "Magnolia" takes a simple idea to an astonishing end.

Cody ChesnuTT's new album, Landing on a Hundred, comes out Oct. 23.

Read First Listen: Cody ChesnuTT, 'Landing On A Hundred'

October 21, 2012 – ChesnuTT's new album is a dynamite collection of timeless, celebratory, searching soul music.

MC Ride of Death Grips.

Watch Death Grips In Concert Soundcheck

October 19, 2012 – Performing mostly in a fitting haze of red, the group creates a visceral experience on stage. Soundcheck

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R. Kelly's "Single Ladies" tour, which includes a "Ladies Only" section, began this week and runs into December.

Watch For The Ladies: R. Kelly, Teddy Pendergrass And The State Of R And B

October 18, 2012 – Nelson George says R. Kelly's tour is an effort to reconnect R&B to its most devoted fans.

Read K'Naan Brings Down Walls On 'Country, God Or The Girl'

October 16, 2012 – The best-selling, Somali-born rapper remains a versatile and powerful songwriter on his new album.

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Jaden Smith in a still from "The Coolest."

Watch This Is My Jam: Jaden Smith's 'The Coolest'

October 5, 2012 – Why we like what we like is a mystery. Kwasi Ansu says the Fresh Prince 2.0 surprised him.

Read Welcome To Jay-Z's Brooklyn

October 3, 2012 – Last Friday the first performance in a new arena signaled a change in both Brooklyn and hip-hop.

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