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Rap Radar Podcast

Rap Radar Podcast

Hip hop's premier website connects with our culture's most important voices. Hosted by Elliott Wilson and Brian "B.Dot" Miller.

  • Friday, July 1st
  • EP 55: Jonathan Mannion

    01:28:44
    If a picture is worth a thousand words, photographer Jonathan Mannion has a lot to say. For over two decades, the Ohio native has shot some of the most iconic images in hip-hop and pop culture. In addition to celebrating the 20th anniversary of Jay Z's Reasonable Doubt, he was recently commissioned to shoot the artwork for DJ Khaled and Gucci Mane's upcoming albums. Hours before his gallery showcase, Mannion talks about his storied career, finances, magazine shoots, Eminem, Afeni Shakur, 50 Cent, licensing, and more!
  • Monday, June 20th
  • EP 54: O.T. Genasis

    01:06:33
    Don't call it a comeback—or, maybe you should. With the success of his breakthrough single "CoCo", O.T. Genasis was written off as a one hit wonder. Proving naysayers wrong, the Long Beach native bounced back with a new anthem called "Cut It." Before performing at the Palms Hotel's Ditch Fridays pool party, O.T. chops it up about his recent success, making big records, Busta Rhymes, G-Unit, Beyonce, fatherhood, critics, and more.
  • Thursday, June 9th
  • EP 53: Jim Jones

    01:21:58
    Despite being the most vocal member of The Diplomats, Jim Jones has been quietly at work. Fresh off hiatus, the Harlem heavyweight has reemerged with his new album, The Kitchen. But from beyond the stove, Capo has been recently takin' heat from Dipset frontman, Cam'Ron. Mobbing through the city, Jomo speaks on his new music, childhood, Nas, Jay Z, Dame Dash, Max B, and much more.
  • Thursday, June 2nd
  • EP 52: Shyne

    01:19:03
    With so much drama in NYC, Shyne knows what it's like to be in the center of it all. 15 years to the day of his 10 year prison sentence, the former Bad Boy star is finally at peace with his infamous Club NY shooting and ex-label boss Diddy. In fact, he even made a recent appearance at the Bad Boy Anniversary concert. Phoning in from Belize, Po speaks on reconciling with Puff, signing to Bad Boy, music, incarceration, deportation, Jay Z, Wolf Jones, Kanye West, and the Troy Ave incident.
  • Thursday, May 19th
  • EP 51: The Lox

    01:36:31
    It's been a long time coming, but after reconciling with Diddy, The Lox are hitting the road as part of the Bad Boy reunion tour. But the trio aren't just celebrating the past. Later this year, they're set to release their long awaited junior album, We Are The Streets 2. But Before their New York performance at the Barclays Center, Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch reminisce on their formative years, Diddy, fights, work ethic, Roc-A-Fella battle and more.
  • Monday, May 9th
  • EP 50: Alicia Keys

    59:56
    Good things come to those that wait. And after a four year hiatus, Alicia Keys is back with an irresistible single, "In Common" and upcoming album. But before hitting the Saturday Night Live stage, the 15 time Grammy Award winner spoke to us about her new music, musical direction, writing process, Prince memories, judging on The Voice, motivation, hits, family, lost Beyonce video, and more!
  • Wednesday, April 27th
  • EP 49: Freddie Gibbs

    01:24:43
    Freddie Gibbs in an independent powerhouse. In fact, the Gary Indiana native is currently on a national sold out tour in support of last year's release, Shadow of a Doubt. But things weren't always this smooth. Two years ago, he survived an assassination attempt in New York City. Back in the Big Apple for the first time since, Gangsta Gibbs talks about his latest project, touring, fame, fatherhood, social media, family, and tons more.
  • EP 48: Just Blaze

    01:47:41
    Without question, Just Blaze is one of hip-hop's greatest producers. And recently he furthered his legacy with "Freedom" off Beyonce's LEMONADE. But when Just isn't on on the boards, he's DJing at music festivals and clubs around the globe. Fresh off a flight, Mr. Smith discusses his latest placement, click bait, business ventures, longevity, stashed songs, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Jay Electronica, lawsuits, finances and more!
  • Thursday, April 21st
  • EP 47: Complex Media

    01:17:53
    When it comes to multimedia, Complex has the game on smash. And recently, the house that Marc Ecko built has been acquired by Verizon and Hearst publishing as part of a multimillion dollar deal. At the forefront of everything are editors, Noah Callahan-Bever and Joe La Puma. Days after their acquisition, the tandem speak on their new partners, media evolution, journalism, backlash and more.
  • Wednesday, April 13th
  • EP 46: Organized Noize

    01:17:26
    Atlanta production trio Organized Noize have shaped the careers of some the biggest names in music. But now Rico Wade, Sleepy Brown, and Ray Murray get to tell their story with their stellar documentary, Art of Organized Noize. Jet setting to their native Atlanta, the triumvirate discuss their doc, production, Outkast, Goodie Mob, Future, national acceptance, finances, and more.
  • Tuesday, April 12th
  • EP 45: Twenty88

    01:01:31
    Hip hop has a new dynamic duo. After years of collaborating, Big Sean and Jhene Aiko bottle their magic on their acclaimed debut, Twenty88. Released exclusively on TIDAL, the project explores the highs and lows of relationships and requited love. Journeying to Los Angeles, the tandem speak on the album, K-Ci & JoJo, Diane Warren, Bryson Tiller, Lionel Richie, solo work, and lots more!
  • Wednesday, March 30th
  • EP 44: Kareem "Biggs" Burke

    01:18:12
    For years, Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Kareem "Biggs" Burke has remained behind the scenes. But now, the Harlem native is finally breaking his silence and returning to the fashion world with his clothing line, Fourth of November. In a rare sit-down, Hoffa talks about his latest venture, building the Roc, Reasonable Doubt, incarceration, Kanye West, Jay Z, Dame Dash, Emory Jones, OG Juan, Pusha T and more.
  • Thursday, March 24th
  • EP 43: Flatbush Zombies

    01:03:55
    The Flatbush Zombies are rising from the underground. On the heels of their national tour, the Brooklyn trio are putting the industry on notice with their chart-topping debut, 3001: A Laced Odyssey. Before hitting the road, Meech, Juice, and Erick talk about the success of the album, misconceptions, independence, production, Spike Lee, Usher, and more.
  • Tuesday, March 22nd
  • EP 42: N.O.R.E.

    02:12:21
    With nearly two decades in the game, N.O.R.E.'s still on the run eating. But these days his plate his bigger than ever. In addition to bringing his Drinking Champs podcast to play.it, the Queens native is also releasing his new mixtape, Drunk Uncle. Fresh off flight , N.O. talks about his new endeavors, Jay Z, hating independece, Michael Jordan, Nas, Lyor Cohen, beefs, and so much more!
  • Tuesday, March 15th
  • EP 41: Angie Martinez

    01:58:45
    For over 20 years, Angie Martinez has been the Voice of New York. But now the veteran jock is stepping into the literary world with her memoir, My Voice. With the forward written by J.Cole, Angie discusses her journey in radio, motherhood, conflicts and everything in between. Following the taping of her show, Angie talks about the process of writing a book, Pres. Obama, Jay Z, engagement, Wendy Williams, Funkmaster Flex, and tons more.
  • Friday, March 11th
  • EP 40: Mack Wilds

    01:24:31
    Mack Wilds is the hardest working man in show business. Not only is he starring in the upcoming VH1 series The Breaks, but this spring, he'll begin filming the new Fox series, Shots Fired. But make no mistake, music is still Mack's passion and he's ready to follow up his fantastic debut, New York: A Love Story. Over cups of champagne, Mack speaks on acting roles, Michael Jackson, SaLaAM ReMi, meeting Michael Jordan, joining Roc Nation, The Wire, and so much more.
  • Thursday, March 3rd
  • EP 39: Fat Joe & Remy Ma

    02:27:58
    Thanks to Fat Joe and Remy Ma, The Bronx will have a new tale this summer. After reconciling, the former Terror Squad members are set to release their debut collabo, Platas o Plomo. Led by the irresistible single "All The Way Up", the duo are poised to recapture the magic of the TS' glory days. In our longest interview yet, the tandem speak on collaborating, incarcerations, Big Pun, DJ Khaled, past beefs, Jay Z, Love & Hip-Hop, Market America, finances, favorite records, and more! The BX is in the building!
  • Tuesday, February 23rd
  • EP 38: Bryson Tiller

    50:04
    It's him! Since the release of his excellent TRAPSOUL, Bryson Tiller has earned his spot as the hottest name in R&B. In fact, the Kentucky native is so in demand that he recently added another date to his sold out Radio City Music Hall concerts this April. But before taking over Manhattan again, Pen Griffey is here to talk about his meteoric rise, Drake, fame, songwriting process, fatherhood, grind, and burning down his grandmother's home.
  • Wednesday, February 17th
  • EP 37: Yo Gotti

    01:22:10
    Yo Gotti's got social media going nuts. On the heels of the biggest record of his career, "Down In The DM," Mr. Memphis is ready to unleash his new album, The Art of Hustle. Offline, the Pyrex King is bringing fans to his hometown and sharing his family ties in the Born Hustler documentary. During a pitstop in New York, Gotti speaks on his longevity, recent success, collaborators, finances and much more.
  • Wednesday, February 10th
  • EP 36: Dave East

    01:03:10
    Harlem's on the rise and Dave East is at the forefront of the NY rap scene. Following the release of his excellent mixtape, Hate Me Now, East is jacking for beats with his weekly Eastmix series. But when he's not commandeering instrumentals, the Uptown rookie is lending verses for Trey Songz, Meek Mill, and Fabolous. Along with his manager Wayno, East talks about his impact, signing with Nas, family upbringing, fatherhood, perception and so much more.
  • Tuesday, February 2nd
  • EP 35: Anderson .Paak

    01:11:53
    It's been a busy 2016 for Anderson .Paak. 48 hours ago, the Cali native announced that he signed to Dr. Dre's legendary label, Aftermath Entertainment. A few weeks earlier, he released his fantastic indie offering, Malibu. Before embarking on the European leg of his Off The Ground tour, Anderson talks about working with the Doc, Compton contributions, DJ Premier, writing process, family, and more. Yes Lord!
  • Monday, January 25th
  • EP 34: Timbaland

    01:17:12
    For over two decades, super producer Timbaland has been one of the game's most celebrated hit makers. But instead of resting on his laurels, Timbo is adding on to his legacy with the release of his memoir The Emperor of Sound, King Stays King mixtape, and executive role on the hit series Empire. Joined by his artists Blaze and Tweezie, Tim discusses his latest ventures, maturity, "Big Pimpn'" lawsuit, Jay-Z, reconciling with Rick Ross, Pharrell, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Bryson Tiller, Tink, and lots more!
  • Wednesday, January 20th
  • EP 33: Lil Uzi Vert, DJ Drama & Don Cannon

    01:26:33
    As part of the DJ collective The Aphilliates, DJ Drama and Don Cannon have been instrumental in breaking new talent. Enter the duo's latest prospect, North Philly fire-starter Lil Uzi Vert, whose mixtape Luv Is Rage is igniting a new generation of hip-hop fans. While in New York, the triumvirate discuss their partnership, Drama and Cannon's infamous mixtape raid, Drake reference track controversy, and tons more.
  • Thursday, January 14th
  • EP 32: Terrace Martin

    01:36:18
    For nearly two decades, Terrace Martin's been the bridging gap of jazz and rap. Thanks to his work on Kendrick Lamar's critically-acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly, the Los Angeles native is up for several Grammy Awards including album of the year. While putting the finishing touches on his upcoming project Velvet Portraits, Terrace speaks on his relationship with Kendrick and TDE, Jay Leno, YG, Diane Warren, Tru Life and so much more.
  • Friday, January 8th
  • EP 31: Uncle Murda

    01:33:33
    Uncle Murda has never been one to hold his tongue. The Brooklyn underground rap vet is on a career high with his clever no holds barred recap of 2015 and a fresh new collaboration with Future.
    In vivid detail, Murda talks about signing with Jay-Z and LA Reid, being managed by Chris Lighty, the real story being shot, battles with police and much more. Plus he weighs in on our Rap Radar Lists.
  • Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
  • EP 30: Troy Ave

    01:19:09
    Whether you love him or hate him, Troy Ave has been a strong force in the NY rap scene for the past few years. Days after releasing his new mixtape, White Christmas 3, Troy, along with his manager Hovain and BSB Records artist Young Lito, reflect on their banner year, media scrutiny, family, diligence, relationships, endorsements, criticism, and so much more. Powder!
  • Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
  • EP 29: Bas

    01:06:07
    The past few weeks have been lit for Dreamville's Bas. Coming off the heels of the label's Revenge Of The Dreamers 2, he and his labelmates took over New York City with three bar crawl shows. Not to be outdone, the Queens native is also set to release his Too High To Riot in early 2016. Before retreating to LA, Bas talks about Dreamville's impact, Dame Dash, J.Cole, touring, Super Mookin Fiends fanbase, and more!
  • Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
  • EP 28: The Breakfast Club

    01:24:48
    There's no playing it safe when it comes to the world's most dangerous morning show. This week, nationally-syndicated radio team, The Breakfast Club will celebrate five years on-air. To commemorate their anniversary, the triumvirate are giving back to their listeners with a free star-studded concert. After signing off for the day, DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne Tha God talked to us about their meteoric rise, success, past interviews, side ventures, and more!
  • Friday, December 11th, 2015
  • EP 27: Beanie Sigel

    01:11:24
    You know the name. A year after surviving a shooting outside of his home, Beanie Sigel's on the road to recovery and redemption. This past summer, he reunited with Jay Z at the highly anticipated B-Side concerts. More recently, he contributed verses to Pusha T and DJ Khaled's albums. Back in the Big Apple, The Broad Street Bully speaks on his new rhymes, relationship with Hov, creative process, rehabilitation, culinary skills, marriage and more! It's Mack B!tch!
  • Thursday, December 10th, 2015
  • EP 26: G-Eazy

    55:43
    Although G-Eazy's been in the game for years, the Bay Area MC is finally getting the respect he deserves. With the success of his sophomore release When It's Dark Out, Eazy is set to embark on a world tour at the top of 2016. But for now, he's here in New York and while kicking it with Elliott and B.Dot, Eazy speaks on his mixtape grind, dinner with Jay Z, Cortez Bryant, fame, success, and a whole lot more.
  • Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
  • EP 25: Logic

    57:34
    Logic's head is in the clouds, but for good reason. In a few hours, he'll be making his debut on the Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon thanks to the success of his sophomore album, The Incredible True Story. Indeed, Logic's tale is more fact than fiction. So before his late night appearance, the Maryland MC talks to the Rap Radar Podcast about his new album, rabid fanbase, estranged family, marriage, and everything in between.
  • Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
  • EP 24: Swizz Beatz

    01:33:13
    In recent years, Swizz Beatz has gone from the One Man Band to hip-hop's renaissance man. Next week, the multiplatinum producer will curate his own exhibition during Art Basel in Miami. But when he's not immersed in the arts or philanthropy, Swizz is back in the lab creating heat for Ruff Ryder alums (DMX, Jadakiss) and rap royalty (KRS-One). In our longest episode yet, Swizzy speaks on success, family, producing, Jay Z, Obama, and so much more. It's showtime!
  • Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
  • EP 23: Pusha T

    01:17:18
    Pusha T's got a lot on his plate these days. The recently appointed president of Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label is ready to close out the year with a new project, Darkest Before Dawn. Promising a King Push album next year, the Virginia native discusses his studio sessions with Diddy, status of Clipse, his business ventures, album debates, and everything in between. Yughk!
  • Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
  • EP 22: Ja Rule

    01:12:31
    Ja Rule's had his share of ups and downs. But now the Murder Inc. hit maker has entered the third act of his career with a new MTV reality show, Follow The Rules. Taking a break from filming, Ja opens up about fatherhood, his former reign, songwriting, competitiveness, and future endeavors. It's murda, muthafuck@$!
  • Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
  • EP 21: 2 Chainz

    01:03:50
    Staying TRU to the game has been a way of life for 2 Chainz. Months after releasing his Trapavelli Tre mixtape, the prolific ATLien let his hair down with Elliott and B.Dot. Before returning to the A, Chainz chopped it up about his latest project, parenthood, wild New York nights, pending lawsuit, family, upcoming projects and more!
  • Friday, November 6th, 2015
  • EP 20: Anthony Saleh

    01:22:13
    Anthony Saleh is hip-hop's most known unknown. As one of the game's most prominent managers, Saleh is responsible for navigating the careers of Nas, Future, and YG. Outside of hip-hop, the LA native is diversifying his portfolio in the tech world as an investor and partner in Queensbridge Venture Partners LLC. While finding some downtime, Saleh speaks on breaking into the game, on Nas' hiatus, tech, Future's impact, YG's appeal and more.
  • Thursday, October 29th, 2015
  • EP 19: Big K.R.I.T.

    56:17
    Big K.R.I.T.'s taking no prisoners. Coming off the heels of his acclaimed mixtape It's Better This Way, K.R.I.T. is ready to claim his spot amongst hip-hop's new generation. While on the New York leg of his Kritically Acclaimed tour, the Mississippi MC explains the concept behind tape, B.B. King, being underrated, label politics, touring, upcoming album and lots more!
  • Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
  • EP 18: Punch

    01:16:16
    Terrence “Punch” Henderson is a jack of all trades. Not only is the Watts native president of Top Dawg Entertainment, but he’s also a cold lyricist. Trading his Chucks for Timbs, Punch spoke on the success of his label, Jay Rock’s recent release, the impact of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, ghostwriting, conversations with Jay Z, unreleased music, and much more.
  • Friday, October 23rd, 2015
  • EP 17: Metro Boomin

    01:11:29
    At only 22 years old, Metro Boomin is the hottest producer in the rap game. Coming off the success of overseeing two #1 albums, Drake and Future's What A Time To Be Alive and Future's DS2, the St. Louis producer speaks on being on Chance The Rapper's Family Matter tour, working with Travis Scott and Young Thug, and how he's adjusting to fame and success.
  • Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
  • EP 16: Wale

    01:06:42
    Wale isn't one to hold his tongue or his music. Months after releasing his fourth solo album The Album About Nothing, Wale is ready to share new content in addition to his experience at The White House, thoughts on Drake's dominance, love, and Rap Radar criticism.
  • Thursday, October 15th, 2015
  • EP 15: L.A. Reid

    55:10
    L.A. Reid's been there, done that, and has the plaques to prove it. With a career that spans over 30 years, the Epic Records CEO is having a banner year thanks to the success of hip-hop's golden child, Future. Taking a break from his busy schedule, Mr. Reid spoke on forming LaFace Records, Rick Ross, Roc-A-Fella split, Outkast, Diddy reunion, Bobby Shmurda, business models, hit songs, and everything in between. Ladies and gentleman, this is L.A. Reid.
  • Monday, October 12th, 2015
  • EP 14: Jeezy

    01:04:31
    Its politics as usual with our favorite thug motivator, Jeezy. Fresh off his appearance at the Justice or Else March in Washington D.C., Pastor Young spoke on his relationship with minister Louis Farrakhan, Politically Correct EP, forthcoming album Church In These Streets, state of trap music, TM101 Anniversary concert and everything the statue of limitations allows. Let's get it!
  • Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
  • EP 13: Rick Ross

    01:05:04
    It's the biggest podcast you've seen thus far! Coming off the heels of his critically acclaimed mixtape Black Dollar, Rick Ross set up shop with Elliott and B.Dot. During the in-depth chat, Rozay spoke on the tape's reception, new album Black Market, LA Reid, Freeway Rick Ross, rap beef, jail stint, engagement, former relationship with Foxy Brown, favorite records, and so much more!
  • Friday, October 2nd, 2015
  • EP 12: Joe Budden

    01:08:18
    Are you in the mood yet? Joe Budden took a break from his own podcasting duties to highlight his forthcoming album, All Love Lost. No subject was off topic as the prolific MC spoke candidly about his failed relationships, Eminem, generational divide, longevity, fatherhood, and loads more!
  • Friday, September 25th, 2015
  • EP 11: Big Boi

    55:31
    The ATLien has landed! With Outkast on an indefinite hiatus , Big Boi's keeping it moving with Electronic duo Phantogram and their new EP, Big Grams. Before making an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, General Patton speaks on fatherhood, B.Dot's Atlanta adventure, Outkast's 20 year anniversary tour, Jermaine Dupri's snub, Andre 3000's stagnation, DJing, and everything in between!
  • Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
  • EP 10: Lyor Cohen

    01:09:49
    You know the name. You've heard the stories. But now, it's time for Lyor Cohen to set the record straight. Leaving no stone unturned, the 300 founder discussed the success of his label, independence, and artists Fetty Wap, Young Thug, and Travis Scott. Later on, he spoke on the passing of protégé Chris Lighty, relationship with Jay Z, pioneering 360 deals, and culture vulture accusations.
  • Thursday, September 17th, 2015
  • EP 09: T.I.

    58:15
    It's the Kang, patna! Days after releasing his new EP Da' Nic, T.I. speaks about goin' back to his original name, TIP, musical independence, managing actor Evan Ross, Diana Ross encounters, and so much more!
  • Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
  • Ep 08: DJ Esco

    01:13:41
    What do you get when the coolest podcast on the net meets the coolest DJ on the planet? An amazing conversation! Fresh off his Made In America performance, Future's DJ Esco, recounts his 56 nights in a Dubai prison, residency at Magic City, hip-hop origins, dating rumors, and success of DS2.
  • Friday, September 4th, 2015
  • EP 07: Mac Miller

    01:08:05
    It's the return of the Mac! On the heels of his highly anticipated album GO:OD AM, Mac Miller keeps it straight with Elliott and B.Dot. He speaks on his two and half year long hiatus, upcoming tour sobriety, financial success, meditation with Rick Rubin, the passing of Sean Price, and a whole lot more!
  • Monday, August 31st, 2015
  • EP 06: French Montana

    01:07:09
    Currently on tour with Chris Brown, French Montana sat with us to discuss the loss of Chinx, his label boss Sean "Puffy" Combs' infamous temper and his upcoming album, Mac and Cheese. Also is his rumored romance with Sanaa Lathan real? Find out here.
  • Monday, August 24th, 2015
  • EP 05: Post Malone

    49:12
    We embrace the new. Straight outta Dallas, Post Malone has broken thru this year with two bangers, "White Iverson" and "Too Young". Recently signed to a major label, Post speaks on his early success, sharing his relationship with his girlfriend to the world and why he's not cool with be categorized as a rapper.
  • Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
  • EP 04: Joey Badass & Statik Selektah

    58:26
    It's a beautiful life. Joey Badass speaks on his successful debut album, his upcoming tour and his past differences with B.Dot. He's joined by his DJ, producer Statik Selektah who speaks on the challenges of creating compilation albums, controlling his temper, and his critical assessment of the state of hip-hop.
  • EP 03: Dru Ha

    01:02:03
    The sudden passing of Sean Price has shaken up the rap world. So it's only right we sat with Duck Down Records co-founder Dru Ha to speak on the tragedy, his artist's musical legacy and the fund-raising campaign for Sean's wife and his three children. Please support: crowdrise.com/seanp.
  • Monday, August 10th, 2015
  • EP 02: Ibrahim "Ib" Hamad

    58:24
    Fresh from headlining Madison Square Garden, J.Cole's manager Ibrahim "Ib" Hamad grants us a rare discussion about his journey with one of hip-hop's most successful acts, the keys to cultivating a loyal consumer fanbase, the lack of recognition from awards shows and media, and the future of his Dreamville Records artists Bas, Omen, and Cozz.
  • EP 01: YG

    46:29
    In our debut episode, Elliott Wilson and Brian "B.Dot" Miller dissect the Drake and Meek Mill conflict before being joined in the studio by West Coast rapper YG. Before giving us a private listen to the follow-up to our 2014 top album, My Krazy Life, YG talked about touring with J.Cole, recovering from studio shooting, the strong response to his new single, "Twist My Fingaz" and his relationship with Top Dawg Entertainment.

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