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alex beam

How Dre, Z, Nas, and 9th Wonder spent their summer vacations

I fear that you haven’t been keeping up with the latest developments in the exciting world of rap and hip-hop music. Luckily for you, I have.

The first big headline to drop, as we say in the hip-hop world, was Dr. Dre’s $70 million gift to the University of Southern California. Dre (pre-rap name — Andre Young) was an original member of the group N.W.A., whose full name we cannot share with you because of archaic conceptions of good taste. Perhaps you remember N.W.A.’s first album, “Straight Outta Compton,” with its chart-topping hit “[Expletive] tha Police.”

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