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Black Musicians in 2013: No Love?

Did you go *anywhere* in 2013 without hearing Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home”?
Or what about this one, from Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, which sold more than 2 million copies? Believe it or not, neither Jay Z nor Drake ever made it to the top spot of the Billboard Top 100 in 2013. In fact, not a single black artist scored a number one hit – for the first time since Billboard began charting hits in 1958. That’s 55 years! It’s crazy to think about. You know what did reach number one, though? “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Along with singles tons of other white artists – notably, white hip hop and R&B artists. We wanted to find out what it all means. So we invited Keli Goff, columnist for The Daily Beast and The Root, to join us.

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