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The Roots: Phrenology

Lisa Verrico, Times, The, 6 December 2002

ON PAPER, 2002 has been a bumper year for hip hop. Eminem was man of the moment again, Ashanti appeared out of nowhere and shot straight to the top of the charts, Busta Rhymes released his best album in ages, Nelly became a household name and the Atlanta producers the Neptunes were behind more hits than anyone else. According to a survey published last week, hip hop accounted for almost 15 per cent of all records sold in America this year.

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