Hip-Hop 50 From the Bronx to ubiquity

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'Fresh Air' celebrates 50 years of hip-hop: Questlove; Chuck D; Diddy

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Missy Elliott made hip-hop 'Supa Dupa Fly'

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

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'Louder Than A Riot' reckons with hip-hop's past and looks to a more inclusive future

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3 members of the Memphis hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia. D.J. Paul (from left), Juicy J and Crunchy Black at MTV's Total Request Live on March 22, 2006, in New York City. Peter Kramer/Getty Images Entertainment hide caption

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Kings and queens gathered for 'Hip Hop 50 Live' at Yankee Stadium

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Hip-hop at 50: A history of explosive musical and cultural innovation

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Hip-hop's first 50 years have yielded expansion across the globe and domination of digital spaces. As the internet has collapsed physical gaps, major artists from outside the United States, like (clockwise from top left) Little Simz, Drake, Bad Bunny, Blackpink and Rema, have been able to communicate with American rap culture in real time. Paul Bergen / Amy Sussman / Frazer Harrison / Emma McIntyre / Torben Christensen/Getty Images hide caption

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T.I.'s 2003 album, Trap Muzik, gave a name to a specific flavor of Atlanta rap that reflected the city's street culture. Vivien Killilea hide caption

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The birth of trap music and the rise of southern hip-hop

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2 Live Crew in 1989 (Mr. Mixx, Brother Marquis, Luther Campbell & Fresh Kid Ice) Raymond Boyd / Contributor/Getty Images / Michael Ochs Archives hide caption

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2 Live Crew fought the law with its album, 'As Nasty As They Wanna Be'

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How 'Yo! MTV Raps' helped mainstream hip-hop

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'Rapper's Delight': How hip-hop got its first record deal

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The Sunday Story: Hip-Hop Verses That Changed Our Lives

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