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Hip-Hop 50: All Rap Is Local

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The Culture Corner: Philadelphia's place in hip-hop history

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Drakeo the Ruler, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Quik and N.W.A. Collage by Jackie Lay / NPR. Walik Goshorn / Bennett Raglin / Michael Loccisano / Theo Wargo/Getty Images / AP hide caption

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E-40, Lil B, Too $hort and Kamaiyah. Collage by Jackie Lay / NPR. Bennett Raglin / Randy Shropshire / Taylor Hill / Gaelle Beri/Getty Images hide caption

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Denzel Curry, City Girls, 2 Live Crew and Trina. Collage by Jackie Lay / NPR. Sipa USA via AP / Bennett Raglin / Michael Ochs Archives / Erika Goldring/Getty Images / AP hide caption

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Master P, Curren$y, Lil Wayne and Big Freedia. Collage by Jackie Lay / NPR. Stephen Shugerman / Arturo Holmes / Kevin Winter / Leon Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

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Travis Scott, UGK, Megan Thee Stallion and Geto Boys. Collage by Jackie Lay / NPR. Suzanne Cordeiro / Pam Francis / Rich Fury / Richard Shotwell/Getty Images / AP hide caption

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BabyTron, Tee Grizzley, Eminem and Danny Brown. Collage by Jackie Lay / NPR. Kyle Gustafson / Bennett Raglin / Kevin Winter / Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images hide caption

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Noname, Chief Keef, Kanye West, and Dreezy. Collage by Jackie Lay / NPR. Daniel DeSlover / Frazer Harrison / Dimitrios Kambouris / Xavier Collin/Getty Images / AP Images hide caption

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GloRilla, Three 6 Mafia, Yo Gotti, Gangsta Boo. Collage by Jackie Lay / NPR. Frazer Harrison / Scott Gries/ Greg Campbell / Jason Kempin/Getty Images hide caption

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The Clipse, Missy Elliott, Rico Nasty & Wale. Collage by Jackie Lay / NPR. Scott Gries / Roger Kisby / Michael Loccisano / Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images hide caption

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Gang Starr, Cousin Stizz, BIA, Mr. Lif. Collage by Jackie Lay / NPR. Martyn Goodacre / Isaac Brekken / Gonzalo Marroquin / Jack Plunkett/Getty Images / AP hide caption

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