in recent years, commercial hip-hop’s sonic palette has reached its most experimental point since the days when the jazz rap of a tribe called quest and the native tongues collective ruled the roost sure, there’s always been outliers and boundary-pushing acts on the fringes but now there is a real sense that producers and rappers can break from convention without sacrificing mainstream success much like their modern-day counterparts, even artists as canonized by hip-hop as atcq can still find themselves left out in the cold when award season rolls around

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