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Yugo On World Cafe

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Aida Osman and KaMillion star as aspiring rappers in Rap Sh!t. Alicia Vera/HBO Max hide caption

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Black Thought and producer Danger Mouse define a new lane for the rapper on the collaborative album Cheat Codes. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The best music release in July includes albums by (from top left, clockwise) Maggie Rogers, Caterina Barbieri, Beyoncé, Bear1Boss and Johnny Gandelsman. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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NPR's favorite music of July, from thundering pop to ecstatic electronics

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Culture Corner: Missy Elliott on World Cafe

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Tasman Keith didn't come here to point fingers

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From left, Leyla McCalla, Saba, and Victoria Legrand of Beach House. Photo illustration: Abel F. Ros/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images, Brad Barket/Getty Images, Mike Windle/Getty Images; Vanessa Leroy for NPR hide caption

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Saba (left), Lizzo (center) and Rosalía have released some of our favorite songs of the year so far. Collage by Estefanía Mitre / NPR/Photos courtesy of the artists hide caption

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