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Other notable acts set to perform include Mura Masa, De La Soul and reggae legend Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley.
The Gods Of Rap tour takes in shows in Manchester, Glasgow and London's SSE Arena.
Through sampling, hip-hop has the power to bring old music to new years, helping music to evolve while paying respects to the artists that came before.
Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, the influential hip-hop album from The Pharcyde is receiving a 25th anniversary deluxe reissue with a host of extras
J Dilla's death, on 10 February 2006, robbed the world of a talent it was only just beginning to comprehend. We pick some of his landmark productions.
Hip-Hop artists have always waged war on conventional music – and each other. Braggadocio is always there, but it got out of control and ended in tragedy.