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Hip hop music was blamed for the August riots. But behind the celebration of “bling” is a culture of entrepreneurship

By Steve Yates   October 2011

Read Steve Yates’s rundown of the tracks that changed hip hop at our blog

The latest album by the twin titans of hip hop has been a record-breaking success. On its release, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne had the highest ever first week sales on iTunes of any new album. A total of 290,000 copies were downloaded that week, and when CDs are taken into account, the album’s sales approached the 450,000 mark. Hip hop is big business.

Watch The Throne is symbolic of the status that hip hop, or rap, has now reached. Originating in the South…

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