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

The planets are shifting and realigning. But what does it all mean for Kanye and Jay? Who cares?!

picture-18238-1372868646Brandon Soderberg // November 15, 2011

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:
Live from the New Underground: SPIN Celebrates Hip-Hop’s DIY Moment
G-Side Launch a Hardscrabble, Regular-Dude Revolution
Odd Future: The New Underground’s Loud Family Goes on the Road

Infographic by Pop Chart Lab (Click to enlarge)