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A Brooklyn federal jury delivered guilty verdicts in the trial of Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington in the killing of Run-D.M.C.'s Jason Mizell, Jam-Master Jay, who is shown here in 1986. G. Paul Burnett/AP hide caption

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Ayra Starr, the Beninese-Nigerian singer whose hit "Rush" was among the nominees for the first ever best African music performance Grammy this year, says she grew up not seeing any pop stars that looked like her. "I want to show African girls that we can do this, too. And I'm doing that," she says. Richie Igunma/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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More breakthroughs, less crossover: Afrobeats is here to stay, on its own terms

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Jay-Z (left) accepts the honorary Dr. Dre Global Impact Award alongside his daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, during the 66th Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, in Los Angeles. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy hide caption

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JTM, formerly known as James the Mormon, is a Provo-based rapper. Sam Wilder/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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JTM on World Cafe

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In her 2015 memoir, Girl in a Band, Kim Gordon credits The Shangri-Las' speak-sing style as an influence on her own. The '60s girl-group's lead singer, Mary Weiss, died last week. Danielle Neu/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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McKinley Dixon on World Cafe

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The Culture Corner: John Morrison shares his favorite albums of 2023

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The Culture Corner: 30 years of 'Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)'

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - AUGUST 26: Sean "Diddy" Combs attends Day 1 of 2023 Invest Fest at Georgia World Congress Center on August 26, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. Paras Griffin/Getty Images hide caption

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2 Chainz and Lil Wayne teamed up for Welcome 2 Collegrove. Courtesy of Def Jam hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on Nov. 17

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The result of the improvised sessions that led to New Blue Sun is subtle but daring. Mainly because it flies in the face of everything we've come to expect, and selfishly demand, as André 3000 fans. Kai Regan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Listen: The NPR Music interview with André 3000

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Black Thought of The Roots performs during Philly Fights Cancer on May 20, 2023. Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Philly Fights C hide caption

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'Music was there for me when I needed it,' The Roots co-founder Tariq Trotter says

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The investigation into the murder of Tupac Shakur (on stage here in 1994) has long evaded closure. But in the last month, an arrest in connection with his shooting on Sept. 7, 1996, has brought the case back into the spotlight. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images hide caption

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(L-R) Marley Marl, Technician the DJ, Kid Capri, Swizz Beatz, DJ Spinderella, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Fat Joe, DJ Holiday, DJ Drama, Timbaland and Kool DJ Red Alert accept award onstage during the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2023 on October 03, 2023 in Atlanta, Ga. Paras Griffin/Getty Images hide caption

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Juking the stats, and the state of rap, at the 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards

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