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Hip-hop newbies are going off trail

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Lil Uzi Vert performed at the MTV Awards on Aug. 27; his new album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard.

Listen to hip-hop in 2017 and hear the darnedest things. There are rappers who rap in only occasional, seemingly random bursts. There are rappers who mainline the aesthetic and vibrating energy of punk. And there are surrealists who stretch out words and melodies like taffy.

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