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Hip-hop is 50. Its formula for global domination? Staying local

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When DJ Kool Herc spun records at a small party in the Bronx in August of 1973, no one would have predicted his unique style would give birth to the most influential and dominant music in the world: hip-hop. In this special episode, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the genre. NPR Music editors Daoud Tyler-Ameen and Sheldon Pearce are joined by contributor Christina Lee to look at how and why the music has managed to remain a local phenomenon, even as it’s taken hold of the world, and what’s happening in some of the country’s most vibrant scenes.

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