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While many were expecting something politically charged from the rapper, the iconic artist has chosen to look at the personal — and the possibilities for redemption.

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While many were expecting something politically charged from the rapper, the iconic artist has chosen to look at the personal — and the possibilities for redemption.

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The talented rapper’s 2012 album firmly established his artistic ingenuity.

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The talented rapper’s 2012 album firmly established his artistic ingenuity.

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‘Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy’ for the rap star’s fans who are anxiously waiting in line to grab a bite of homey-style pasta.

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‘Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy’ for the rap star’s fans who are anxiously waiting in line to grab a bite of homey-style pasta.

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The 2015 hip-hop concept album has a renewed importance because of its social and political commentary on racial inequality, institutional discrimination and African American culture.

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The 2015 hip-hop concept album has a renewed importance because of its social and political commentary on racial inequality, institutional discrimination and African American culture.

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Imagine listening to your favorite hip-hop songs in moody, angelic slow motion.

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Imagine listening to your favorite hip-hop songs in moody, angelic slow motion.

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XXL posts an annual list of top new artists. Which year produced the ones with the most staying power?

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XXL posts an annual list of top new artists. Which year produced the ones with the most staying power?

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Charlie Brown and his friends have nothing on Nate Dogg.

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Charlie Brown and his friends have nothing on Nate Dogg.

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The hip-hop star recently made, and nailed, his acting debut.

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The hip-hop star recently made, and nailed, his acting debut.

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Not one of which is ‘Donald Trump Jam’ by USA Freedom Kids.

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Not one of which is ‘Donald Trump Jam’ by USA Freedom Kids.

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The year is only halfway over, but these rap songs have already gone the extra mile.

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The year is only halfway over, but these rap songs have already gone the extra mile.

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Smith weaves metaphor and political discourse into a beautifully produced coming-of-age album.

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Smith weaves metaphor and political discourse into a beautifully produced coming-of-age album.

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Though Kendrick Lamar, Donald Glover and Bruno Mars took home a slew of high honors, critics claim that the Grammys snubbed female artists.

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Though Kendrick Lamar, Donald Glover and Bruno Mars took home a slew of high honors, critics claim that the Grammys snubbed female artists.

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The Recording Academy has announced the nominations for the 2018 Grammys, and if they snub Kendrick a third time, that’s on them.

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The Recording Academy has announced the nominations for the 2018 Grammys, and if they snub Kendrick a third time, that’s on them.

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The holidays are right around the corner, the New Year is almost upon us and it’s time for the annual end-of-the-year top ten lists.

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The holidays are right around the corner, the New Year is almost upon us and it’s time for the annual end-of-the-year top ten lists.

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Music is the only positive thing that 2017 has going for it.

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Music is the only positive thing that 2017 has going for it.

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These four songs showcase collaborations between successful electronic artists and rappers that perfectly combine the strengths of the two genres.

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These four songs showcase collaborations between successful electronic artists and rappers that perfectly combine the strengths of the two genres.

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The Compton rapper’s acceptance into the hip-hop pantheon depends on his forthcoming album.

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The Compton rapper’s acceptance into the hip-hop pantheon depends on his forthcoming album.

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Set to release on April 14, judging from the newly released single “HUMBLE,” Lamar might be dropping his most vicious album yet.

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Set to release on April 14, judging from the newly released single “HUMBLE,” Lamar might be dropping his most vicious album yet.

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“It does makes you think: How many other classic songs does he have stored away?”

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“It does makes you think: How many other classic songs does he have stored away?”

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Kendrick’s decision to put out an unapologetically political album divided fans, but it should unite critics.

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Kendrick’s decision to put out an unapologetically political album divided fans, but it should unite critics.

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It’s simultaneously comedic and poignant, the soundtrack equivalent to a Richard Pryor joke.

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It’s simultaneously comedic and poignant, the soundtrack equivalent to a Richard Pryor joke.