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If Virginia Beach had somehow slid into the sea in 1995, it’s impossible to even fathom how different music might sound today. Within a few years over the late ‘90s, the city produced Timbaland, Missy Elliott, the Neptunes, and Clipse, among others. And thanks to what those artists were doing, radio-ready rap and R&B became something altogether different and strange over the late ‘90s and early ‘00s--a haven for adventurous, way-out sounds, sounds that...
DMX was born in Baltimore. Tupac Shakur went to high school there. Plenty of New York rappers are happy to tell you about the time they spent moving drugs down there. In recent years, the city has produced local cult heroes like Young Moose, Tate Kobang, and the gone-too-soon Lor Scoota. But Baltimore has never produced a national rapper of note. For years, that didn’t matter. We had club music. https://open.spotify.com/track/4B2G8dTCkRNqfgNZM3UTc2 Club music, a harsh and...

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