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Read Def Jam's 25th Anniversary: Songs We Love

December 31, 2009 – Def Jam's box set contains some of the most amazing music released since the dawn of hip-hop.

Read The 50 Most Important Recordings Of The Decade: S-Z

November 16, 2009 – The list of the decade's 50 most important recordings continues: Britney Spears to Amy Winehouse.

Read Mom Rap: 5 Rhymes For Your Favorite Girl

May 7, 2009 – Many great rappers have honored the women who brought them into the world. Hear five examples.

Listen Year In Review: The Top Pop Of 2008

December 16, 2008 – Ken Tucker shares his favorite tunes of the past 12 months.

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Listen Kanye's Latest A Deeply Personal Departure

November 25, 2008 – The Chicago rapper's new album, 808s and Heartbreakfeatures him singing instead of rapping.

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Listen The Problem with Kanye West's Travel Site

April 10, 2008 – Carrie Brownstein says that when artists become brands, music falls through the cracks.

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Read Winehouse Dominates Grammys, Until...

February 10, 2008 – Amy Winehouse racked up award after award, but Herbie Hancock took home Album of the Year honors.

Read Best Hip-Hop of 2007 Changes the Game KEXP

December 24, 2007 – The best hip-hop CDs of 2007 helped push the boundaries of the genre. KEXP

Listen 'Rolling Stone' Names M.I.A. Top Album

December 17, 2007 – Kanye West, Arcade Fire and Jay-Z place well in the magazine's list of 2007's top 50 records.

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Listen Kanye West, Will Smith up for Rap Honors

November 29, 2007 – The Jam Awards laud contributions in the areas of justice, art and music.

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Listen Kanye West Loses a Rapper's Best Friend

November 13, 2007 – The hip-hop artist lost his mother, a frequent presence in his music, over the weekend.

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Listen Britney Spears Is So Back — and Now It's Personal

October 30, 2007 – Test listen new music from Britney Spears, Kanye West and the new Bob Dylan biopic.

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Listen A Different Type of Hip-Hop Battle

September 15, 2007 – The rivalry between rappers 50 Cent and Kanye West stands apart from others in hip-hop history.

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Listen Rappers 50 Cent, West Battle for Sales

September 13, 2007 – Rival albums from rivals 50 Cent and Kanye West are out, setting the stage for a major sales battle.

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Listen Hip-Hop Stars Invent Rivalry to Sell Albums

September 11, 2007 – Hip-hop star 50 Cent and rival Kanye West are both releasing albums Tuesday.

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