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Produced by Steve Stoute and featuring commentary from luminaries ranging from famed emcee Nas to civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, the project took a look at how hip-hop’s emergence into a major cultural force shaped a generation and American culture over the past 40 years. But the documentary, an ambitious and engrossing look at hip-hop as both art and commodity, virtually ignores the contributions and histories of hip-hop locales outside of the mecca of New York City. Even the participants themselves, save for hitmaking superproducer Dr. Dre, tended to be mostly from the Big Apple.

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Jacob York has been a powerful force in the music industry over the past 15 years, playing a key role in the career formation of hip-hop’s élite. Having spent the last 10 years producing countless star-studded events with big names like Kim Kardashian, Diddy, and Lil Wayne, York has proven he has longevity in the…

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The days of multiplatinum album sales could be a thing of the past. Album sales have decreased since the popularization of file sharing began in the late ’90s. Nathan Morris of Boyz II Men believes that the commodification of music will soon come to an end. During a recent interview with Huffington Post, Morris revealed his…

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