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9th Wonder

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At any given moment, students are making beats on their laptops or rapping in front of their mirrors. Few see their university’s music departments as welcoming spaces. Read more

North Carolina

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photo by Jade Wilson

In November, 9th flooded social media with a surprise announcement: He had signed Durham’s Swank and King Draft to Jamla, which would drop their new album at midnight. Read more

Features

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The beloved true-school rap group will probably never be a trio again. But as they prepare to headline Hopscotch with a new album, Phonte and Big Pooh are stronger than ever. Here's how it happened. Read more

Features

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En route to Raleigh, the turntable wizard and Will Smith collaborator discusses the smooth Uber ride of his varied career, chops up a bunch of basketball metaphors, and takes aspiring DJs to school. Read more

Features

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Today, Okayplayer dropped "The Listening," an eleven-minute doc by a Durham filmmaker about the classic debut of the (mostly) reunited group. Read more

News

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On Thursday, Merle Watson, 9th Wonder, Mitch Easter, Big Daddy Kane, and Elizabeth Cotten were announced as the 2019 NC Music Hall of Fame inductees. Read more

Music 1 Comments

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Nothing can beat a deep commitment to craft. Read more

Reviews

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It could only happen in one place. Read more

Festivals

Rapsody is hyper-aware that she doesn’t fit cis-het men’s “sexy” hip-hop stereotypes and that she’s often marginalized as prescriptively “woke.” Read more

Features

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    Rapper Big Pooh, 9th Wonder, and Phonte Coleman