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Decoding Jay-Z

The rap artist’s new book, “Decoded,” is part memoir, part commentary, and it overflows with photos of his New York. In this audio slideshow, writer Dream Hampton talks about collaborating with her longtime friend.


Black music month: Five acts to watch

Our picks for five up-and-coming acts with their own history-making potential.


K’naan: From Mogadishu to the global stage

World attention will be on Africa this week as the World Cup begins. Need to Know sat down with Somali rapper K’Naan, whose song “Wavin’ Flag” was chosen as the theme of the this year’s tournament.


K’naan live: ‘Take a Minute’

K’naan told Need to Know that the song “Take a Minute” is one of those songs that people always react to when he performs live.


K’naan music video: ‘Soobax’

This is the music video for K’naan’s first single, “Soobax.” It was written about living in Somalia at the mercy of violent rival warlords, and was an anthem to lift the spirits of his fellow Somalis.

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