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Is there good music that somehow isn't getting through to you?

Watch Where Are Your Musical Blind Spots?

February 6, 2012 – Ever feel guilty about not appreciating music you know you should?

Read 50 Favorites Of 2011: K-R

December 5, 2011 – The list of our 50 favorite albums includes Kanye West And Jay-Z and more artists from K to R.

Kanye West and Jay-Z's highly anticipated collaboration made its debut Monday on iTunes.

Read Jay-Z And Kanye West: Stuck In Cruise Control

August 9, 2011 – Watch the Throne is one of the year's most anticipated albums. But does it live up to the hype?


Kanye West and Jay-Z perform onstage at The Cosmopolitan Grand Opening and New Year's Eve Celebration on December 31, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Read Wrestling With 'Watch The Throne'

August 12, 2011 – We start listening and try to make sense of the year's most ambitious hip-hop release.


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Read 100 Songs That Messed With Texas KUT

July 11, 2011 – Hear an eclectic mix of music born and raised in the Lone Star State. KUT

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Read In Other News: Susan Boyle And The Beatles Sell, NYC Critics Rap

November 29, 2010 – Sales and chart numbers, new reviews, and other news you may have missed while you were eating.


Listen Jay-Z: The Fresh Air Interview

November 16, 2010 – The rapper and record mogul discusses his childhood and the stories behind his most famous songs.


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Listen You Ask, We Answer: What's A Hook?

October 15, 2010 – What is a song's "hook?" It's that part that sticks in your mind -- whether you want it to or not.

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 Decade In Music: Rihanna's 'Umbrella' (2007)

November 18, 2009 – The summer jam of 2007 can be summarized in seven syllables: "ella, ella, ay, ay, ay."

Read The 50 Most Important Recordings Of The Decade: C-J

November 16, 2009 – Our 50 most important recordings of the decade continues, from Kelly Clarkson to Jay-Z.

Listen Jay-Z Stays Fresh On 'The Blueprint 3'

September 9, 2009 – Thirteen years after the release of his first album, Jay-Z proves he's still standing and striving.


Listen Rapper Feud Mirrors World Politics

July 22, 2009 – Jay-Z, like the U.S., is the dominant force, but has a lot to lose if he engages with a challenger.


Listen Urban Desi: A Genre On The Rise

October 15, 2008 – Urban desi blends South Asian pop culture and American hip-hop.


Listen A Pricey Investment, Even for Jay-Z

April 11, 2008 – A reported $150 million deal between the rap mogul and Live Nation is nothing if not high-stakes.


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