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Fantastic Damage, El-P's solo debut from his years before Run the Jewels, has come to streaming services after years out of print. Daniel Medhurst/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After re-releasing three of his earlier mixtapes to streaming services last month, Future released High Off Life, his first new album of 2020, Friday. Mike Hamilton/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Once part of Digable Planets, Ishmael Butler continues to be a hip-hop innovator with Shabazz Palaces. He stays connected to new music through his son Jazz, who records as Lil Tracy. Patrick O'Brien Smith/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler, Musical Innovation Is A Family Legacy

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Babyface's gift was "to be able to see what was special in me," says Karyn White, who had hits with the songwriter and producer in the late 1980s. Since then, he has shaped the sound of R&B via a string of collaborations. Here, he performs in 2015 with Ariana Grande, much of whose debut album, Yours Truly, he produced Ringo Chiu/Getty Images hide caption

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Unlike most super producers, Salaam Remi doesn't have an identifiable sound he loans out to various acts. He's better known for mining a sound from each act he works with that, in turn, becomes their signature sound. NPR hide caption

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NPR's series The Formula features five acclaimed hip-hop producers breaking down how they use sampling to create new classics. NPR hide caption

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Sampling Ain't Dead: Hip-Hop Producers Break Down The Formula

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To bolster the fun and success of her already chart-climbing 2020 single "Savage," Megan Thee Stallion manifested a remix from Beyoncé. Bob Levey/Getty Images for Spotify hide caption

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NPR Music's Top 14 Songs Of April

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Lido Pimienta's Miss Colombia is one of the best albums released in April. Daniella Murillo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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NPR Music's Top 14 Albums Of April

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