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DJ Kool Herc (right, with DJ TonyTone) hosted a party in the South Bronx in 1973 that is credited with kick-starting hip-hop.

Read Hip-Hop Turns 40

August 11, 2013 – Writer Dart Adams says what started in the South Bronx is far from the hip-hop music we hear today.

Jay Z and Marina Abromovic eye to eye.

Watch Jay Z Video Puts Hip-Hop And Art Back In The Same Room

August 3, 2013 – Jay's co-stars represent the family ties between hip-hop and the art world.

Tristan 'Mack' Wilds.

Watch Tristan 'Mack' Wilds On His Move From Acting To Singing

July 30, 2013 – After playing Michael on The Wire and Jay Z's nephew in a music video, he's releasing an R&B album.

Tupac Shakur on the set of Poetic Justice.

Watch 20 Years Ago, Tupac Broke Through

July 19, 2013 – In January of 1993, Shakur was 21 years old and about to drop his contradictory second album.

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Pusha T performs during the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California.

Watch Pusha T's New York Doubleheader

July 17, 2013 – The Virginia rapper is building a solo career on a formidable reputation and fiery performances.

Ka, in a still from his video for "Off the Record."

Read First Listen: Ka, 'The Night's Gambit'

July 15, 2013 – The album, made by a resolutely old school musician, is heavy like concrete shoes and incantatory.

Jay-Z (left) and Timbaland (who produced most of the album) at the release party for Magna Carta Holy Grail July 3 in Brooklyn.

Watch Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' Is A Fait Accompli

July 9, 2013 – Even on cruise control, Jay-Z is revolutionary by his very existence.

Prodigy.

Watch Prodigy On Mobb Deep's Early Days And Protecting His Success

July 8, 2013 – The New York veteran says he's enjoying the unglamorous work of building a record label.

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A still of Jay-Z from the commercial for his new album.

Watch New Jay-Z Album Tests The Musician And Samsung

July 3, 2013 – On July 4, Jay-Z will release an album to smart phone users three days before it sees wider release.

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Mike Dean (center) backstage during the European leg of the Watch The Throne tour last year.

Watch Mike Dean On Working With Selena, Scarface And Kanye

June 27, 2013 – In the '90s he helped create the Dirty South sound; now, he says, "Me and Kanye are like a band."

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In his new memoir, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson describes his life in music — and how he mimicked beats at just 10 months old.

Read Questlove's Roots: A 'Meta' Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music

June 24, 2013 – In Mo' Meta Blues, the drummer for The Roots describes how he was groomed for music at an early age.

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J. Cole performing at KMEL Summer Jam in Oakland, Calif., on June 9.

Watch J. Cole On Competition And Writing Honest Songs

June 23, 2013 – The rapper and producer says he's not afraid to make songs about being shy or unsure of himself.

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Statik Selelktah.

Watch Statik Selektah On Boom Bap And His Mom's Favorite Rapper

June 20, 2013 – The producer spoke to Microphone Check about his fifth album and giving his childhood to hip-hop.

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The-Dream performing in New York City in May.

Watch The-Dream: Why We All Need R&B

June 19, 2013 – The singer and songwriter Terius Nash says R&B is the genre that's closest to the reality of love.

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Kanye West at his album listening party at Milk Studios last week in New York City.

Watch Kanye's 'Yeezus' Packs A Bite

June 18, 2013 – West's latest album was meant to be an event, and it's served that mission quite well.

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