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The Wu-Tang Clan. Clockwise from left: Ol' Dirty Bastard, the GZA, the RZA, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. Center, from left, Method Man and U-God.

Watch The Wu-Tang Clan's 20-Year Plan

April 8, 2013 – The group's 1993 debut was the opening shot of a plan to open up the rap music industry.


Ghostface Killah with Adrian Younge and his band, Venice Dawn, after their first performance together. Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge's new album, Twelve Reasons To Die, comes out April 16.

Read First Listen: Ghostface Killah And Adrian Younge, 'Twelve Reasons To Die'

April 8, 2013 – In the tradition of the Wu-Tang Clan, this collaboration is brash and Technicolor and heartfelt.

A still from the video for E-40's 1993 song "Practice Looking Hard," in which rappers like The Coup's Boots Riley (second from right) and Tupac (not pictured) also appeared.

Watch The Many Sounds Of 1993 Bay Area Rap

March 28, 2013 – Overlooked by the industry, Bay Area rappers followed two rules: Do it yourself, and be yourself.


Action Bronson performs at a party presented by Warner Sound at the Belmont in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2013.

Watch Action Bronson: NPR Front Row

March 16, 2013 – Watch the New York rapper get swallowed up by the SXSW crowd during "Strictly 4 My Jeeps."

Chance the Rapper at SXSW 2013

Watch Chance The Rapper: NPR Front Row

March 16, 2013 – Watch the Chicago native as he prowls the stage, inciting fans to shake off their hangovers.

Wan Joon Kim (right), with his son Kirk and wife, Boo Ja, at their stall inside the Compton Swap Meet last January.

Watch Gangsta Rap Swap Meet Proprietor Wan Joon Kim Has Died

March 14, 2013 – Kim sold some of the earliest work of DJ Quik and Eazy-E when few stores would sell their music.


Le1f performs at NPR Music's 2013 SXSW Showcase at Stubb's.

Watch Le1f, Live In Concert

March 14, 2013 – The New York rapper whips his glow-in-the-dark hair back and forth during a mesmerizing set.

Composer and producer Adrian Younge has produced two new albums: one with William Hart of The Delfonics and another with rapper Ghostface Killah.

Watch Adrian Younge: Looking Back To Move Hip-Hop Forward

March 12, 2013 – Spaghetti Westerns, Philadelphia soul, opera and Wu-Tang come together in the producer's music.


D'Angelo and Questlove on Monday night at Brooklyn Bowl.

Watch D'Angelo And Questlove Bare The Roots Of 'Voodoo'

March 5, 2013 – Monday night was a chance to see an artist defined by distance and mystery up close.

Adrian Younge (left) and William Hart. Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics comes out March 12.

Read First Listen: The Delfonics, 'Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics'

March 4, 2013 – This cross-generational production has resulted in songs that get under your skin and stay there.

Natalie "The Floacist" Stewart's second solo album is Floacist Presents: Floetry Rebirth.

Watch The Floacist: A Soul Poet Says Yes To Moving On

February 26, 2013 – Natalie Stewart, best known as half of the duo Floetry, has remade herself as a solo artist.


G Dep in "Let's Get It."

Watch Where Does The Harlem Shake Actually Come From?

February 21, 2013 – It all started with mummies and a basketball tournament, depending on whom you ask.


Bilal's new album, A Love Surreal, comes out Feb. 26.

Read First Listen: Bilal, 'A Love Surreal'

February 17, 2013 – The soul singer explores the contours of intense emotions with patience and psychedelic insight.

Frank Ocean performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2012.

Read Frank Ocean's Big Year, And What Hasn't Changed In Hip-Hop

February 9, 2013 – Ocean's six Grammy nods round out a year in which his sexuality was as big a topic as his music.


The Pharcyde (from left to right, Tre "SlimKid3" Hardson, Romye Robinson, Emandu "Imani" Wilcox and Derrick "Fatlip" Stewart) backstage at KMEL's Summer Jam in July 1993 in Mountain View, Calif.

Watch The Bizarre 20-Year Ride Of Two Pharcydes

February 6, 2013 – In November of 1992 the unruly, exuberant quartet loosed their debut album upon the world.

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