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Arthur and Abrams have collaborated on similar projects in the past, including a rap opera about Muhammad Ali in 2017. O'Neil Arnold/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Music Is Music': A Rapper And A Conductor Cross Centuries In Louisville

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Across Haram, an Islamic term meaning "forbidden," the rappers billy woods and ELUCID dissect all things taboo, and how, ultimately, those commodities are still ubiquitous across cultures. Alexander Richter/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Genesis Owusu On World Cafe

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Mac Phipps, the rapper formerly signed to No Limit Records, has been granted clemency after 21 years in prison. Dale Edwin Murray for NPR hide caption

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"There was a time in my life when I was that dude 24/7," Freddie Gibbs says of his persona. "Having a family provides a different inspiration. You're doing things for a bigger purpose and not just yourself anymore." Nick Walker/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jeremie Pennick, better known as Benny The Butcher, in a portrait from 2021. His new album, Plugs I Met 2, will be released March 19. Cam Kirk/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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McKinley "Mac" Phipps at Lousiana's Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in 2011. Courtesy of the Phipps family hide caption

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Rapper Mac Phipps, After 20 Years In Prison, Is One Step Closer To Freedom

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The Back Roots of Rock and Roll: Part 4

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