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10 Ways New York City Changed the Rap Game

Without the work of New York’s cultural architects throughout the ’60s and ’70s, hip-hop as we know it today would be vastly different. Yet in recent times, the Big Apple’s role in the culture has come under scrutiny from all angles. Kendrick Lamar labeling himself the “king of New York” on Big Sean’s “Control,” and Trinidad James asserting that Atlanta runs New York hip-hop are just a few contemporary examples.

No matter what they say though, here are 10 reasons why New York City changed the rap game. Forever.

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