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Fresh from the Start: Sugar Hill Records

If you ask anyone what the longest hip-hop record of all time is, they’ll probably say “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugar Hill Gang—and they’d be wrong. The longest-running record belongs to The Funky 4+1 for their song “That’s the Joint.” […]

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My Favorite Soul Train Memory: All-Star Compilation, Volume 2

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Classic Soul Cinema: ‘Breakin’’

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Profile: Johnny Quest

Rebellion. The mere mention of the term generates thoughts of destruction, anarchy, and even violence. A truer look into the word, however, reveals its true impact:

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Profile: Ice Cube, Part 3

You’re wrong. Ice Cube hasn’t neglected his music career for acting. In fact, the #1 priority on the multi-platinum-selling icon’s jam-packed agenda remains unchanged. “Be an

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