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Producer 9th Wonder speaks with student staff members at The HipHop Archive & Research Institute in Jan. 2018. Harold Shawn /Courtesy of The Hiphop Archive & Research Institute at Harvard hide caption

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Keepers Of The Underground: The Hiphop Archive At Harvard

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Kanye West returned to Twitter this week to post aphorisms... and announce several new albums, including one from Pusha-T (left). Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3 hide caption

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Kendrick Lamar in 2015. The rapper was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Mike Pont/Getty Images hide caption

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Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Wins Historic Pulitzer Prize In Music

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Jay-Z (center), who was nominated for eight Grammys but won no awards Sunday, with his wife, Beyoncé (left) and daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, during the ceremony on Sunday. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS hide caption

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Jay Rock, Top Dawg Entertainment's bedrock emcee, fronts the second single from the TDE-curated Black Panther soundtrack, alongside Kendrick Lamar and Future. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images hide caption

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ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Rapper Kendrick Lamar performs in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park during halftime at the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between Georgia and Alabama. Paras Griffin/Getty Images hide caption

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Kendrick Lamar performs in New York City on Sept. 14, 2017. Critic Ken Tucker says Lamar's album DAMN captured the collective mood of the year. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Clara Lionel Foundation hide caption

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Ken Tucker Looks Back On 2017 In Music

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Clockwise from upper left: The singer, MILCK at the Women's March on Washington in January, Lorde, Big Thief, SZA, Partner, Moses Sumney Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2017

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