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For a very long time now, when it comes to representations in popular culture, “hip-hop” has been synonymous with “rap music.” Whether it’s documentaries, books, awards shows, television appearances – whatever it is, rap is there and the other aspects of the culture are, with a few notable exceptions, hardly around at all.

But the tide seems to be turning. Several major new projects are out now that are expanding the view of hip-hop to include something beyond just beats and rhymes. [READ MORE @ COMPLEX MAG]