An Insanely Obsessive Infographic Tries (in Vain) to Diagram the Hip-Hop Galaxy

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Big K.R.I.T. (left) & Kreayshawn (Photo: Jimmy Fontaine, K.R.I.T.)
Brandon Soderberg WRITTEN BY
Brandon Soderberg

As the galaxy of hip-hop stars shrinks, the industry realigns, creating a dynamic New Underground of fresh MCs and producers, plus a crew of wizened veterans who are filling the Internet-era vacuum of power. The various scenes are almost impossible to keep track of, or, God forbid, diagram, which is why we decided to try. Here's a handy (or baffling) guide to what's happening right now.

More From SPIN's December 2011 Issue:
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Infographic by Pop Chart Lab (Click to enlarge)

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