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Fat Tony's new album, Smart Ass Black Boy, comes out June 11.

Read First Listen: Fat Tony, 'Smart Ass Black Boy'

June 3, 2013 – The Houston rapper sounds at ease on the mic, delivering droll bars with a level stare.

Kanye West performing "Black Skinhead" on Saturday Night Live last weekend.

Listen Kanye West Stands Alone

May 21, 2013 – On his new songs, the rapper points fingers in every direction, including back at himself.

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Marques Toliver's debut album is called Land of CanAan.

Watch Marques Toliver: An R&B Crooner With Strings Attached

May 19, 2013 – Toliver's music is anchored by the violin, an instrument that, in a way, chose him.

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LL Cool J's latest album is called Authentic.

Read LL Cool J On 'Accidental Racist' And Authenticity

May 11, 2013 – "The last thing that I want to do is be a hack," says the rapper and actor.

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Charles Bradley was signed by Daptone Records partly because of a James Brown act he used to perform. His new album is Victim of Love.

Read On Two New R&B Albums, An Old Soul Sound That Glows

May 8, 2013 – New York's Charles Bradley and London's James Hunter Six both mix inspiration and replication.

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Watch 20 Years Ago Biz Markie Got The Last Laugh

May 6, 2013 – After Biz lost a legal battle over sampling, the mere existence of All Samples Cleared! was a win.

The soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's film The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, comes out May 7.

Read First Listen: Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film 'The Great Gatsby'

May 2, 2013 – The soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's film transplants Jazz Age sensibilities to the hip-hop era.

Roc Marciano.

Watch 'The Talent Comes First': Roc Marciano Takes An A&R Gig

April 30, 2013 – The New York rapper on his new role, Lil B's brilliance and doing business with good people.

Elliott Wilson (left) and Tyler The Creator Tuesday night at the Highline Ballroom.

Read The Tyler Interview: Silly, But With A Purpose

April 26, 2013 – In front of a paying audience, Tyler was flippantly entertaining and surprisingly vulnerable.

Talib Kweli's new album is titled Prisoner of Conscious.

Watch Talib Kweli On Mainstream Hip-Hop And Honoring The Old School

April 24, 2013 – The New York rapper says he's learned over the years to be accessible but honest to his craft.

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Adrian Younge (left) and Ghostface onstage at the Seattle stop of their tour last week.

Watch The Ghostface Killah Rises Again

April 22, 2013 – A high-concept album by a veteran rapper and a film composer knits together hip-hop and soul music.

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Boots Riley, in the opening of The Coup's video for "Not Yet Free."

Watch This Was 1993: 20 Years Ago I Heard The Perfect Rap Song

April 17, 2013 – Writer Kiese Laymon swore that hip-hop would never be the same after The Coup's "Not Yet Free."

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson also teaches a class at New York University called "Topics in Recorded Music: Classic Albums."

Read Tall Glass Of Rock Star-Ness: A Q&A With Questlove

April 15, 2013 – Questlove, drummer and co-founder of The Roots, talks about his upcoming memoir.

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.

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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.

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