Through The Crate

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Welcome to Through the Crate! Where we dig through cultural and current events through the hiphop lens! Come dig through the crate with us!

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Ep 106 - Musa Monday!

July 8th, 2019


In this episode, we chop it up with the lyrically inclined Chicago emcee Musa Reems! We dive into his influences and creative process as well as a in depth conversation around his latest project, Musa Mondays. Listen, …

Ep 105 - Zuu Suit Riot

June 10th, 2019


In this episode, we discuss Denzel Curry's 4th studio album, Zuu. We also dive into a myriad of news topics, from DJ Khaled throwing temper tantrums, Jay Z becoming hip hop's first billionaire, to the controversy around …

Ep 104 - IGOR

June 3rd, 2019


In this episode we dive into the new Tyler the Creator album, IGOR. We also talk about trending news, from the hypocrisy of Mitch Mconnell's decision to fill a supreme court position to the recent Iggy Azalea photo …

Ep 103 - Lady Fever

May 29th, 2019


In this episode, we invite our friend Imani back to the podcast to discuss Megan Thee Stallion's new project, Fever. We also dive into some important and interesting topics ranging from Steve Mnuchin refusing to move …

Ep 102 - Lazy Fetuses

May 22nd, 2019


In this episode, we review a few singles and freestyles, from Denzel Curry's Ricky to Tierra Whack's recent freestyle on Tim Westwood TV. We also …

EP 101 - CrasH Talking Yo Momma

May 15th, 2019


We dedicate this episode to all the mother's out there that love hip hop! We talked about our favorite songs about mothers, dove into CrasH Talk by …

Ep 100 - Through The Crate Live

April 17th, 2019


In this episode, we celebrate 3 years of podcasting as we record our 100th episode in front of a live audience. We share our favorite moments as well as some submitted by our listeners. We also engage in a panel …

Ep 99 - Podcast or Go to Work, Admissions Scandal Edition

March 20th, 2019


In this episode, we discuss the new album Rap or Go To The League by 2 Chainz. We also dive into the college admission scandal as it relates to the …

Ep 98 - Chillin with E-Man

March 13th, 2019


In this episode, we sit down with Eman and talk about his influences, creative process and beginnings in the music industry. We also talk about his latest single, "On It" featuring LakeshoreGhost and get more info on …

Ep 97 - After Hurt with SheGo Turbo

March 6th, 2019


In this episode, we discuss SheGo Turbo's debut solo project After Hurt, which is available on all streaming platforms. We discuss everything from …

Ep 96 - The Alleged Episode

February 27th, 2019


In this episode, Ben and Tressie Name that Verse with the quickness! We discuss Wiz Khalifa and Currensy's trip back to 2009 on their new project and dive into the events happening in hip hop today, from R Kelly's …

Ep 95 - Big U.N.I.T.Y for Rappers (Who happen to be female)

February 13th, 2019


In this episode we discuss Dreezy's new album Big Dreez. We also dive into a few trending topics, from Jeff Bezos' extortion claims to the revelation of 21 Savage's citizenship and surprising deportation. Lastly, we …

Ep 94 - Boogie Is For Sale

February 6th, 2019


In this episode we continue with the Name that Verse game, as well as Hip Hop Cafe where we dive into the new project from Boogie titled Everythings For Sale. We also discuss a myriad of trending topics, from Ariana …

Ep 93 - Shutting down Future's Middle Child

February 3rd, 2019


In this episode we discuss why Tressie is not a fan of Future and what about his latest album really rubbed her the wrong way. We also talk about J …

Ep 92 - Gov Shutdown Too Old for R Kelly

January 23rd, 2019


In this episode we talk about various topics from the government shutdown to the documentary series, Surviving R Kelly. We also dive some music from …

Ep 91 - Boss Talk with Briana Kapone!

January 16th, 2019


To kick off our 4th season of the podcast, we interviewed up and coming artist Briana Kapone! We dive into her influences, her recent single Pink Cocaine and the misconceptions of the video, as well what and where she …

Ep 90 - 2018 Recap!

January 10th, 2019


ITS HERE! Our 2018 recap! In this episode we discuss the major themes of 2018 from criminal justice reform to hip hop changing popular culture. We …

Ep 89 - Producers Tags, Sicko Mode, and Championships

December 19th, 2018


In this episode, we clear up whats happened with our live podcast being postponed. We also dive into the numerous events that have happened in the …

Ep 88 - Playing Hip Hop Catch Up

November 28th, 2018


It's been a while since we had an episode with just Cedric and Tressie! So we decided to take it back to the basics in this episode. From Big Krit's Thrice X to Anderson .Paak's Oxnard, we give you our take on the …

Ep 87 - Giving Thanks with JamesTylers

November 21st, 2018


In this episode, we reconnect with JamesTylers and talk about what's changed since he was last on the podcast. We talked about the break up of Your Frends and what he learned from that situation. We also talk about the …

Ep 86 - Getting Loud with Che

November 14th, 2018


In this episode, we interview our good friend Loud Che and discuss his debut album, Shonen. We talk about his influences, love for anime, film, and …

Ep 85 - Just chillin' with Manesseh

November 7th, 2018


In this episode, we sit down with the talented singer, Manesseh! We discuss his latest single, Just (prod. by Bedows) and Who Will Stand Up For Me by L.A. Vangogh featuring himself and Bella Bahhs. We also talk about …

Ep 84 - L.A. VanGogh says GO VOTE!!

November 5th, 2018


In this episode, we interview L.A. VanGogh! We talk about his new song, Who Will Stand Up For Me featuring Manesseh and Bella Bahhs. We get more information about the second part of his debut album Everything Is …

Ep 83 - If You Know You Know

October 24th, 2018


In this episode we provide our take on the resurfacing of the Pusha T vs Drake beef, Vic Mensa's BET Cypher and being called out, as well as the excess of progressive candidates for mayor of Chicago. We also discuss …

Ep 82 - Drogas Flame V

October 17th, 2018


In this episode, we discuss 2 weeks worth of news! Everything from the Kavanaugh hearing and confirmation and Kanye West visiting the white house, to …

Ep 81 - Ladies Night, the Queef Mix

October 3rd, 2018


In this episode, Tressie called in reinforcements and invited her good friends Imani and Kesha to the podcast while the boys were on vacation this week. We discussed a myriad of topics, from our frustrations with Remy …

Ep 80 - Jefe got a Pistol On His Side, My Boy! I Love It!

September 26th, 2018


In this episode, we go single crazy! But first, we dive into a few topics, from Jeff Bezos unnecessarily making 168 billion dollars to Cardi B …

Ep 79 - Average White Beef

September 19th, 2018


In this episode, we discuss the unfortunate passing of Mac Miller and the culture's indulgence in self medication. We also dive into Eminem's …

Ep 78 - Back and Forth with SheGoTurbo and Eddie Vega

September 5th, 2018


In this episode we sit down with Eddie Vegas and SheGoTurbo about their project, Back&Forth. We dive into their influences, 773Safehous, as well as past projects.

Ep 77 - One Point Five

August 29th, 2018


In this episode, we restore the balance as Tressie comes back from her week off. We discuss a myriad of topics, from Paul Flart getting fired for …

Ep 76 - Respect The Trippie Queen

August 23rd, 2018


Through The Crate, The Men's Edition! Thats right! Tressie was too busy on Space X/planning the military parade, so Ben and Cedric had to hold it …

Ep 75 - Stay Dangerous in Astroworld

August 17th, 2018


In this episode we discuss everything from the Kanye West interview on Jimmy Kimmel to Alex Jones' podcasts being removed from iTunes. We also talk about YG's Stay Dangerous and Travis Scott's Astroworld.

Ep 74 - You Give me the Swervo Ta13oo

August 8th, 2018


In this episode, we discuss a few new topics in the culture from Taylor Bennett being bisexual to Colin Kapernick's name being removed from Big Bank …

Ep 73 - Rolling Chance's Chicagoist Paper, Too

August 1st, 2018


In this episode, we catch up on what's happened in the culture over the last two weeks, from R Kelly's 19 minute half-ass confession song "I Admit …

Ep 72 - In the Future, only the Meek shall inherit the Scorpion

July 19th, 2018


In this episode, we discuss what's happened in the culture as well as some politics over the last two weeks. We also argue if Kylie Jenner's company …

Ep 71 - Top 5 and Upsetting the System

July 4th, 2018


In this episode we discuss our top 5 albums and singles of the year so far. We also discuss Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' win, and if this upset will …

Ep 70 - Redemption is Everything, Love

June 27th, 2018


In this episode we discuss the passing of XXXTentacion and the impact its had on the community. We also dive into Jay Rock's new album Redemption and The Carter's new project, Everything is Love. Lastly, we discuss the …

Ep 69 - To Kanye or Not To Kanye, Streams of Thought

June 21st, 2018


In this episode, we discuss a long list of topics, ranging from Nicki Minaj and Future's tour to Tekashi69 coming to Chicago. We also enter a heated discussion regarding whether or not to listen to Kanye's music. …

Ep 68 - Kickin It with CTB

June 13th, 2018


In this episode we sit down with local hip hop group, Chi Town Born. We discuss their history, influences, and music. Listen, like, follow, subscribe!

Ep 67 - A di dadi don! Duppies All Around!

June 6th, 2018


In this episode, we discuss Pusha T and Drake going head to head. We review Daytona, provide a timeline of the beef between the two, and what we're …

Ep 66 - The Book of Ryan and Alcoholism

May 30th, 2018


In this episode we discuss The Book Of Ryan by Royce Da 5'9" and the affects of alcoholism in hip hop. Listen, like, follow, subscribe!

Ep 65 - Tapped in with Blvck Achilles

May 23rd, 2018


In this episode, we tap in with the talented rapper and Oakland native Blvck Achilles. We discuss his latest self titled project and some of the themes he addresses on it. We also discuss the gentrification of Oakland …

Ep 64 - This is America and The Ecstatic Midnight Carnival

May 16th, 2018


In this episode, we take trip in time and listen to albums that influenced us in the past. We also discuss Childish Gambino's new song and video This …

Ep 63 - BackInTheDayz Interview

May 9th, 2018


In this episode, we interviewed the Chicago hip hop group BackInTheDayz. We spoke about their beginnings, influences, and aspirations as a group. We …

Ep 62 - KOD = Kids and Kanye on Drugs?

May 1st, 2018


In this episode we discuss J Cole's KOD album in depth. We discussion addiction and how its evolved in the culture. We also discuss the extensive …

Ep 61 - Care for Me and my Vacation to Hell

April 25th, 2018


In this episode, we discuss two very different albums: Vacation in Hell by Flatbush Zombies and Care For Me by Saba. We also take a deep dive into a …

Ep 60 - Delayed but Forgotten Vol. 6

April 20th, 2018


In this installment of Delayed but Not Forgotten, we discuss Drake's new video Nice for What as well and Young MA's freestyle, Praktice. We also dive into Cardi B's new album, Invasion of Privacy and how women are …

Ep 59 - New Format Alert!

April 10th, 2018


In this episode we discuss our favorite singles of the week as well as Rich the Kid's new album, The World is Yours. We also dive into the domestic …

Ep 58 - Hip Hop March Madness, Championship!

April 2nd, 2018


In this episode, we share our version of Hip Hop March Madness. We started off with a sweet 16 of the top rappers under the age of 30. The list is based off of the last 2 years of music from the artists, who we listened …

Ep 57 - Hip Hop March Madness: Who is going Head to Head?

March 27th, 2018


In this episode, we share our version of Hip Hop March Madness. We started off with a sweet 16 of the top rappers under the age of 30. The list is based off of the last 2 years of music from the artists, who we listened …

Ep 56 - Hip Hop March Madness, Final Four

March 23rd, 2018


In this episode, we share our version of Hip Hop March Madness. We started off with a sweet 16 of the top rappers under the age of 30. The list is based off of the last 2 years of music from the artists, who we …

Ep 55 - PRhyming the Boat with Question Marks?

March 19th, 2018


In this episode we discuss PRhyme 2, Lil Boat 2, and ? by XXXTentacion. We also dive into the interesting million dollar deals that are being offered …

Ep 54 - Hip Hop March Madness, Elite Eight

March 14th, 2018


In this episode, we share our version of Hip Hop March Madness.  We started off with a sweet 16 of the top rappers under the age of 30. The list is based off of the last 2 years of music from the artists, who we …

Ep 53 - Bobby's Memories of Royalty are GOOD and Don't Die

March 14th, 2018


In this episode, we talk about a TON of music. There was so much that dropped that we had to split this weeks episode into two! This episode is part 1, where we discuss albums from Tory Lanez, Valee, Logic, and …

Ep 52 - Hip Hop March Madness, Sweet 16

March 6th, 2018


In this episode, we share our process for picking the top rappers under 30. We went live on Instagram when we recorded this episode so we could …

Ep 51 - Victory Lap

February 26th, 2018


In this episode, we talk about a myriad of topics, ranging from HOT 97's radio host Peter Rosenberg's conversation with Drake regarding the God's Plan video to G Herbo's recent run in with the law. We also dive into …

Ep 50 - Black Panther, Cozz it's God's Plan

February 19th, 2018


We're still black, y'all! And we're black y'all! Still blackety black black black y'all!

SPOILER: If you haven't seen Black Panther yet, do not listen to this episode. However if you have, enjoy! We dive into the layers …

Ep 49 - The Blackest Episode

February 12th, 2018


I'm black y'all! And I'm black y'all! And I'm blackety black and I'm black y'all! lol

In this episode we talk about all the things black twitter is …

Ep 48 - For the Culture, too?

February 9th, 2018


In this episode, we dive in to the new Migos Album, Culture II. We also discuss Drake's so called 2 track EP and a ton of news ranging from Jemele …

Ep 47 - Delayed but Not Forgotten Vol. 5

January 26th, 2018


We got a slow start this year, but not to worry! We're back in action! In this installment of Delayed but not Forgotten, we discuss a myriad of topics from the end of 2017 to the start of the new year. From Bow Wow …

Episode 46 - The Live 2017 Recap

December 28th, 2017


In this episode, we review the best of hiphop in 2017. We recorded this episode live at VSOP studios and encouraged the audience to engage in the dialogue with us. We dive into the top themes, emcees, and albums of …

Episode 45 - The Drunken Legacy Episode

December 21st, 2017


This episode was recorded at VSOP Studios while we were all pretty inebriated, so you should have an awesome time listening to this one. The main …

Episode 44 - Coolin' out with Ra Cesar

December 8th, 2017


In this episode we interview Chicago's own, Ra Cesar. We talk about his influences, what he hopes to accomplish with his music and his latest project, Piotrowski Park. Listen, like, subscribe and enjoy!

Episode 43 - Getting drunk with Big KRIT

November 27th, 2017


Sorry for the wait! We were getting over our turkey coma! Also, this is the longest episode we've done to date, but its one of the best! In this lengthy episode we're joined by Johnny Garcia of SBX Music Group. We …

Episode 42 - Lemon-Tang is for the Children

November 9th, 2017


In this episode we marvel over NERD's new single, Lemon and the amazing dancer that's in the video. We also dive into how everyone from Post Malone, Migos, to Chris Brown are expected to "game the system" when it comes …

Episode 41 - Sober Tressie tries Mr. Davis

October 27th, 2017


In this episode, we cover the normal bull with the whats happened in the culture, from Harvey Weinstein to Bow Wow catching multiple L's. We also …

Episode 40 - LA VanGogh

October 24th, 2017


In this episode, we interviewed the very talented rapper/producer/singer L.A. VanGogh. The interview takes place at VSOP studios prior to the album release. We discussed everything from his musical influences, …

Episode 39 - Delayed but Not Forgotten Vol. 4

October 19th, 2017


YUP! You've guessed it! Another volume of our Delayed but Not Forgotten series! In the fourth installment, we discuss a myriad of political and pop …

Episode 38 - You Can't Put Her in a Box, It's Impossible!

September 29th, 2017


In this episode, we continue discuss the what's been happening int he culture. From the Kevin Hart extortion to the continuous coverage of the …

Episode 37 - Earthgang > Lil Uzi Vert and The NFL is Trash

September 15th, 2017


In this episode we review projects from Lil Uzi Vert, Earthgang, Asap Mob and XXXtentatcion. We also discuss the incident between Michael Bennett and …

Episode 36 - Your Frends

September 8th, 2017


In this episode, we had the great pleasure of interviewing Your Frends. They're a new group coming from Chicago, consisting of three members: Tyler, Thee Unique, and Franchika. Throughout the interview, we have some fun …

Episode 35 - Taylor's Appropriation & Ben's Judgment Day

August 31st, 2017


In this episode, we welcome our friend Ben to discuss Dave East and ASAP Ferg. They both dropped EPs recently, making this a heavy east coast episode. Oh! We also can’t forget R Kelly's sex slave house, Cardi B making …

Ep 34 - Drake Falls, And We Time Travel Back to the Civil War

August 22nd, 2017


In this episode, we talk about everything from Drake's historic run on the Billboard charts to the Charlottesville protests and Trump's diminishing administration. We also take a step back and talk about Drake and …

Episode 33 - HBD Hip Hop and Rich People Have No Feelings

August 18th, 2017


In this episode we discuss a ton of albums ranging from Amine to Meek Mill, as well as a slew of singles that were released lately. We also talk about Trump's continued stupidity and how financial stability relates to …

Episode 32 - Jay Z 4:44

August 11th, 2017


In this episode, we go through Jay Z's 4:44 and all of the topics surrounding it. There's a funny dichotomy that happens with Cedric's cynical view and Tressie's optimistic/human view of the album. Cedric also dives …

Episode 31 - Delayed but Not Forgotten Vol. 3

July 11th, 2017


We recorded this episode a while ago, and unfortunately could not get it up for you guys before we went on vacation. But fear not, because we're …

Episode 30 - The Bi.... Racial Episode

May 29th, 2017


In this episode we address some of the foolery thats been happening in the culture, from Funkmaster Flex bringing up old shit with 2pac, to the Bow …

Episode 29 - DAMN. Amerikkka.

April 27th, 2017


In this episode we discuss the most two most anticipated albums that have dropped thus far: All Amerikkkan Badass and DAMN. We discuss the growth for both Joey Badass and Kendrick Lamar, as well as how we felt about the …

Episode 28 - Mike Gold Made Link

April 14th, 2017


In this episode, we prepare for the ice age of hiphop, as Kendrick clearly shuts the game down on April 14th 2017. So in order to prepare for that, …

Episode 27 - The Heart of Subliminals

April 7th, 2017


In this episode, we briefly discuss albums such as Jidenna's The Chief, Future's Hndrxx, and Drake's More Life. Then we dive into Kendrick's The Heart and all the subliminals that were addressed, from Drake to Big Sean. …

Episode 26 - Queen Zenobia

March 11th, 2017


In this episode, we interview Queen Zenobia of ChiRock and the Zulu Nation. We talk about her influences, work ethic and introduction to hip hop. We …

Episode 25 - I Decided Politics Suck

March 7th, 2017


In this episode we start off by discussing Trumps ridiculousness and how it continues to ruin the country. Then we dive into Big Sean's I Decided, …

Episode 24 - Through the Speakeazy Crate

February 25th, 2017


In this episode, we invited Johnny Garcia of The Speakeazy Show to come by and talk hip hop with us! We go into his hiphop influences and as well as his thoughts on the Grammys. Listen, like, subscribe!

Episode 23 - Run the Culture Savagely

February 12th, 2017


In this episode we review three albums we've listened to most during that week: RTJ3, Culture, and SweetSexySavage. We also dive into some of the …

Episode 22 - New Year, Same Crate

January 31st, 2017


New year, Same Crate! In this episode, we dive into the coonery that is the first few days of 2017. From soulja Boy vs Chris Brown, to the …

Episode 21 - 2016 Recap Party Pt. 2 - Grammy Nods

January 18th, 2017


In this episode, we continue the Recap Party with a discussion of the standout events from 2016 as well as the Hip Hop and R&B grammy nods. Listen, laugh and discuss with us!

Episode 20 - 2016 Recap Party

December 23rd, 2016


In part 1 of our season finale, we invited a few friends to end the year with a bang. We go over our top 5, bottom 5 and notable albums for the year of 2016. From Anderson Paak to Young Jeezy, Chance the Rapper to Young …

Episode 19 - We're Still Here... And Thank You For Your Service

November 22nd, 2016


In this episode we talk about the aftermath of the election and what it means to our community and culture. We dive into what music got us through …

Episode 18 - Delayed but Not Forgotten Vol. 2

November 15th, 2016


In this edition of delayed episodes, we discuss albums like Big Baby D.R.A.M., Danny Brown's Atrocity Exhibition, to Dave East's Kyrie Chanel. We …

Episode 17 - The Acronym Epsiode (THC TDE FDT HGTV)

October 19th, 2016


This episode is full of acronyms, and we didn't even do it on purpose. From The Healing Component, passed the stupid shit Donald trump says and …

Episode 16 - The Sun's Magnificent Coloring Debate

October 4th, 2016


In this episode, we dive into the long awaited debut album from Isaiah Rashad, The Sun's Tirade. We also cover the largest festival to hit the …

Episode 15 - Glocqued and Reloaded

September 20th, 2016


In this episode, we interview an up and coming producer by the name of Glocque. We talk about his start and tastes in music, as well as the projects he has out and what's coming soon. He also sticks around with us as we …

Episode 14 - Did Hip Hop Christmas Come Early?

September 7th, 2016


There was so much music to go through for this episode we barely made it through! From Frank Ocean’s Blond, to Vince Staples Prima Donna, there was a ton to cover. Plus, we added in some hip hop news, covering Chris …

Episode 13 - Dumb Beefs with No Individuality

August 24th, 2016


The saga continues with a new foe added to the story. Drake vs Joe vs New York, where Drake decides its ok to diss people in their own city (Drake's grown some huge cojones). We also cover what it means to be unique as …

Episode 12 - Is 30 the new Old Head?

August 15th, 2016


In this episode, we start off with the concept of "old Heads" in hiphop. Is 30 the new "Old Head" in hip hop? Is it bad to be an old head? We dive …

Episode 11 - Light-Skinned with a BLANK FACE

August 1st, 2016


The light skinned drama continues between Joe Budden and Drake. We dive into the latest songs that dropped and Drake acknowledging the beef. We also talk about what's been happening in hiphop news, from Rich Homie …

Episode 10 - Can I Live?

July 21st, 2016


In light of recent events, we dedicated this episode to the many high profile shootings involving police. We dive into the impact this has had on our …

Episode 9 - Rappers and their Yoga Pants

July 11th, 2016


In this episode, we go into the infamous Joe Budden vs Drake with a pinch of Jay Z. We discuss our VIEWS on the situation, as well as Kanye's "Famous" new video and new music coming from the latest G.O.O.D. music …

Episode 8 - Delayed, But not Forgotten

July 3rd, 2016


ANOTHER ONE (DELAYED)! Sorry for the delay, life happens. However, this episode is a good one! We talk about the unfortunate loss of Game 6 by the …

Episode 7 - Coloring Book

June 8th, 2016


AND WE'RE BACK! Sorry for the wait, pun intended. In this episode, we touch on a lot of topics, from the Warriors' epic comeback, to the Troy Ave shooting at Irving Plaza in New York. But the meat of this episode covers …

Episode 6 - VIEWS

May 12th, 2016


VIEWS FROM THE EPISODE 6!! In this episode we'll review the most anticipated and talked about album thats come out this year, Views by Drake. We're going into a lot of depth here, from the overall feeling of the …

Episode 5 - Hip Hop and Politics

May 5th, 2016


EPISODE 5! In this episode we touch a lot of different topics: the lifespan of a rapper, new music from Trinidad James, Mystikal and Lil Dicky, the unfortunate passing of Afeni Shakur and how hip hop has encouraged …

Episode 4 - Awkward Start, but Respeck My Name

April 28th, 2016


Episode 4! RESPECK OUR NAME! ALL TREE OF YALL!! Talks of the infamous Birdman interview, A$AP Ferg, Twenty88, Desiigner's Panda becoming #1 on the billboard charts and the comparisons to Future, as well as a look into …

Episode 3 - Scandaloso!

April 10th, 2016


ANNNDD WEEE AREEEE BACKKK! Episode 3! And we're talking that shit! Everything from Biggie and 2pac, accusations of Afrikaa Bamabatta sexually …

Episode 2 - Talking That Talk

April 6th, 2016


Episode 2!! In this episode we go on many tangents our ridiculous intro, to Mac Millers album being slept on, kittens going crazy in the background, …

Episode 1 - Intro to Through The Crate

April 3rd, 2016


Welcome to Through the Crate! Our very first episode ever! Where we sift through cultural and current events through the hiphop lens! In this episode …

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