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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The day began with Israel's military calling up 16,000 more reservists, stoking fears of a widening offensive in Gaza; it ended with a 72-hour cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.
 
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Jul 23, 2014 — One of the biggest and developing stories in hip-hop is the Los Angeles label Top Dawg Entertainment. The company employs an in-house production team responsible for its best and best-loved songs.
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May 29, 2014 — At the close of Microphone Check's onstage conversation with the producer and DJ, he took to the decks to demonstrate what he meant when he said, "When I want you to understand something, I remix it."
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Oct 17, 2013 — The rapper pulled no punches during a performance at NPR Music's showcase in New York City. Watch Pusha T perform a set that ranged from his work with Kanye West to his critically acclaimed new album.
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Mar 29, 2014 — The Dallas through Houston trio sat down in the Austin sunshine, cracked a few Lone Stars and opined on Texas funk, Texas weather, church and their business plan.
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May 10, 2014 — This week the hip-hop magazine revealed its annual cover highlighting new acts, which prompted the usual avalanche of debate over the artists featured, those absent and the state of the genre.
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May 5, 2014 — After an eight year absence, the release of a new Mobb Deep album would be notable enough, but it's the bonus disc of previously unheard sessions for The Infamous that send this package over the top.
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Apr 29, 2014 — The rise of the rapper, singer and songwriter given the name Future when he was a teenager being fostered by the legendary Dungeon Family only looks meteoric from the outside.
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Apr 22, 2014 — The rapper is a 19-year-old from Chicago with one mixtape, a high-profile co-sign and big dreams.
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Apr 20, 2014 — For a hip-hop artist who eschews commercial rap stereotypes and clichés in favor of thornier writing, the challenge is to do so without being a bore — Jeremiah Jae does this well.
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Apr 14, 2014 — The rap duo OutKast launched what may be its farewell tour over the weekend at Coachella, but the group and its fans, who have waited a decade for the reunion, might not have the same expectations.
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