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Top 10 Rappers in Their 20s in 2020

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Top 10 Rappers in their 20s in 2020

Let us agree, this year has not been one of the best years we have experienced, in fact,  it could be one of the worst years for most of us. 

Well, for the rap community, it has been challenging considering the absence of live events and other factors.

This article will focus on celebrities that have managed to keep their music career going, despite the pandemic’s challenging effects. It is important to note that most of them are below thirty.

1. Megan Thee stallion

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For a 25-year-old, Megan is doing great especially after she was a victim of a shooting incident earlier this year.

Despite this, Thee Stallion is wowing the world with her music. She started off her career on Soundcloud after which, she was signed to 300 entertainment.  

After signing a contract with the label, Megan released her mixtape Fever in 2019 and Good News just this November.

The pandemic however, did not stop her Savage and WAP collaborations from being nominated for the BET Hip-hop Awards. Savage won that category making her still top at the game. You can call that strategy.

Megan, throughout her career has won a total of 2 BET Awards, Billboard Women in music Award, 5 BET Hip-hop Awards among other wins and nominations. 

She has been very active on her social media as well, a good way of staying connected to her fans. Songs like Savage also went viral on the famous Tiktok app, leading to increased fandom. 

Currently, everyone is doing her #bodyodychallenge on Tiktok are you doing it?

2. Joey Bada$$

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Joey Bada$$ rose to fame with his 2012 album 1999. The New York based rapper went silent however, with his last album done in 2017 after getting a child. He then returned to our screens this year to prove he is still the greatest.

Joey blessed his fans on July the 17th, with a comeback project The Light Pack. The EP has three songs, The Light, No explanation and shine.

His silence has given people something to talk about and hence they grew eager to know what he came back with. Is it a new sound? Go listen.

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3. Cardi B

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When we hear Cardi B, we hear drama, social media, fashion and so much more. The WAP star knows how to keep interactions with her fans going through her social media pages. 

Although she deleted her Twitter after tweets made rounds bashing Offset on their divorce, she has been staying at the top of the headlines when it comes to celebrity buzz.

Cardi B’s WAP was nominated for the BET Hip-hop Awards this year and she also ventured into the shoe business. 

Partnering with Reebok, Cardi made her Reebok collection and guess what, it already sold out. Her thank you messages to her fans also make them love her even more.

Cardi is also among the many celebrities to join and earn from the X-rated OnlyFans app. Cardi is all about securing the bag.

4. Travis Scott

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The 29-year-old rapper is one of the best when it comes to staying on top of the game.

From 2008 to date, Scott has won four awards and gotten nominations for many others. He recently just won the 2020 LGA’s for Best Short Form Music Video.

His Highest In The Room project has earned him a nomination in next year’s Grammy Awards under the Category, Best Melodic Rap Performance. 

His fourth studio album Utopia is set to drop in 2021 and fans can not wait. Scott lovers are also eager to attend his annual Astro world festival.

 The event that is usually star studded and packed to the brim, allows fans to interact with the star and other celebrities one on one, a great strategy to keep people obsessed with you, don’t you agree?

5. Young Boy Never Broke Again

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Originally known as Kentrell, Youngboy’s fandom grew after releasing not one, two or three mixtapes but eight independent mixtapes. His zeal for working is quite impressive and his 2017 project Untouchable, was the highlight of his career. 

Out of his four projects this year, two of them hit number one on the Billboard Charts. Top that was released in September, highlighted his violent life while 38 Baby 2 talked more about his yearn for love and his struggle in general. 

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At just 20 years, Youngboy was nominated for the BET Hip-hop Awards with his work, I Am Who They Say I Am. 

Although he is not everyone’s favourite, we can agree that Youngboy puts in the work.

6. Lil Durk

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Lil Durk sings, writes songs, raps and even owns his own record label (Only The Family).

2020 seems to be Durk’s most successful year so far, as he released Just Cause Y’all waited 2 and it hit the billboard charts at number 2. This adds to his success after his nomination in 2016.

He also collaborated with Drake on his single Laugh Now Cry Later before blessing his fans with his single The Voice. Meek Mill also featured him on his Pain Away single from his Quarantine Pack album.

With this pace, the 28-year-old might gain a good following and hit great numbers very soon.

With this pace, the 28-year-old might gain a good following and hit great numbers very soon.

He has also had a rough time emotionally after he lost his close friend King Von.

7. Dababy 

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Things have been rough for this 28-year-old rapper. First, losing his father, then losing his 12 nominations in the just concluded BET Hip-hop Awards, and finally, he lost his brother Glen Johnson to suicide. 

Despite all this, he has won more than four Awards in 2020. Next year seems to be a promising year for him as well, as his Rockstar and Bop projects have been nominated for different categories in the upcoming Grammy Awards.

We wish him all the luck in the world as he strives to leave a legacy.

8. Roddy Ricch

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Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial opened 2020 for us. Released in December, the song was a major hit that charted the Billboards 200 at number 1 for four weeks.

The Box was the single that was highlighted as the most streamed early this year, as it topped the Billboards 100 at number one for a whole eleven weeks.

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Roddy mixes a creative story telling aspect and delightful melodies in his projects as he explains his life growing up, simply bellissimo!

9. Lil Baby 

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Just like Kodak Black, Lil Baby has a kind heart when it comes to giving back to society. He recently said that he will donate 1.5 million US dollars that he will make from his album, to needy families to help them deal with issues like paying bonds and lawyers.

The community, in return, has his back. When he lost his award in the recently concluded AMAs, fans were raging on Twitter claiming he was robbed.

According to them, Lil Baby has had a very successful year, starting with his My Turn album in February. After which he released a successful Deluxe version of the album a few months later. When Black Lives Matter became top of the headlines after George Floyd’s murder, he left an impact with The Bigger Picture.

Lil Baby has also been doing a lot of collaborations as well this past months.

He did not lose all Awards though as he received an Award for the Best-Selling Album of 2020. 

10. Young Thug

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Thug is good at mixing genres for everyone to enjoy. His weird and unique rap style has made him stand out in the rapping game.

This year, even without releasing his solo projects, Young Thug has charted the Billboards Top 100. Fourteen hit songs, including Franchise that he did with Travis Scott and his Go Crazy collaboration with Chris Brown, were among the projects in the list.

Young is truly a Legend in the Rap community.

There is a long list of names we have left out, rappers like Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, who is actually 28 and not 21, Tyler the Creator, Gunna, Lil Dicky( who is actually 32 but we acknowledge his work regardless) and so much more.

Their efforts have to be applauded and that is what we are doing.

Who is your favourite rapper? Tell us in the comments.

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7 Ways to Break Up Cannabis if You Don’t Have a Grinder

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For many patients and cannabis consumers alike, grinding of the cannabis flower is an essential part of consuming the plant. It allows for proper airflow and adequate exposure to the plant’s trichomes. So what do you do when you need to break up your cannabis but do not have a grinder?

Being familiar with the benefits of well ground buds, you would not want to miss the opportunity to grind yours properly. Thankfully you don’t have to panic, as there are plenty of other ways to get your weed ready for a smoke session. With just a few basic household tools, you’ll be able to get your buds ready for use in no time.

Below are 7 different ways to break up your cannabis without necessarily using a grinder: 

1. Chopping Board and a Knife

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Place your buds on a well cleaned and dried chopping board, and start chopping. Chop until the buds look small and ground to the same consistency.

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2. Mortar and Pestle Grinding

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These two kitchen tools can come in handy when it’s time to crush some herbs. Ensure your flower is well dried before you start. Partition your buds into smaller pieces and place them into the bowl; place small amounts at a time.

Take the pestle and start pressing on your buds, grinding as you turn until it’s crashed enough. Shake the bowl before you pour out the buds to ensure they are evenly crumbled. Your weed is now ready to be rolled.

3. A Coffee Grinder Can Also Process Weed

A coffee grinder works almost as well as a grinder. Take out all the stems and seeds from your buds, and then place the buds in the grinder. Turn it on and make sure not to over-grind to avoid turning the weed into powder.

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4. Grating Your Weed

Another one of the many kitchenwares that can turn into a grinder is the cheese grater. Simply grab a plate, place your grater on it, choose the smallest grating side, and start grating your bud. A grater can be really efficient as it can chop up even the densest, toughest strains. Ensure your grater is clean and dry; avoid using a grater that has been used to grate pungent ingredients such as garlic or ginger.

5. Blender or Food Processor 

If you’re looking to grind large quantities of weed, you may find the kitchen blender or food processor quite useful. The blender’s sharp blades help produce a consistent product perfect for a bong, vaporizer, or even blunt. Just load your buds into the blender and grind away.

6. Shot Glass and Scissors

This may not be the fastest method to grind your weed, but it works either way. You will need a pair of scissors and a shot glass. First, cut the bud into two halves, then throw it in the glass. Use the tip of the scissors to cut the halves into smaller pieces. Keep cutting until you get your desired size.

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7. Coin and Container

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Throw your weed in a sturdy container together with a coin, cover the container and properly seal it. Shake the container with the coin in it. The coin will bash into the weed and tear it apart. To avoid spilling your product, use a solid container which the coin will not tear through.

Not having access to a grinder should never deter you from lighting one up. There are plenty of alternatives as to how you can get your cannabis ground. All you have to do is ensure you use clean and dry tools.

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How to Store Weed: How Long is it Good for?

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After keeping a weed stash for some time, you may notice the buds turning brown and getting dryer by the day and that smoking it, doesn’t get you as high as it did before. This may have you wondering, does weed go bad? If so, how long is it good for?  how should one store weed.

Well, brown and crumbly flowers often indicate the weed is not stored properly. Cannabis is best stored in a cool, dry place if you expect it to still be potent after an extended period.

Weed aging is inevitable, but with proper preservation, you can slow it down. If you store your weed properly, it may last for over six months before losing its flavor and potency.

What’s the Best Way to Store Weed?

Below are factors to considered when storing weed:

1. Temperature

Mold on marijuana, and other organic compounds often thrive in temperatures between 77° to 86° F, so it is very important to keep your buds in a cool place; this will ensure it lasts for a significant amount of time.

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Excessive heat may result in the drying out and damage of cannabinoids and terpenes, ending in a hot, harsh non-enjoyable smoking experience.

2. Air Control for Cannabis Storage

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Storing your cannabis in an airtight container is crucial in ensuring the flowers’ terpenes are well preserved, which will guarantee your weed remains fresh and potent for a long period.

3. Light

Light settings for storing cannabis are crucial since harmful UV rays will degrade cannabis throughout the exposure. Cannabis will turn brown after the UV has destroyed and broken down most of the buds’ synthetic and organic materials.

4. Moisture

Controlling humidity is essential in keeping away molds and other contaminants from your cannabis. Generally, you are required to store your weed in a controlled environment under a proper relative humidity of 59% and 63% RH to maintain and enhance color, aroma, flavor and consistency.

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What Important Things Should You Keep in Mind When Storing Cannabis?

  • Avoid storing your weed in direct sunlight but in a cool, dry place
  • Store your cannabis in containers with a neutral charge, like glass Mason jars
  • Use hygrometers to control the RH levels of your storage area
  • To minimize oxygen exposure, ensure you vacuum your storage jars and containers
  • Do not store different strains together; separate your strains to maintain their flavor profiles
  • Don’t store in cheap plastic bags or containers. Plastic often has a static charge that can attack precious trichomes
  • Avoid the use of plastic jars and containers, which can encourage sweating
  • Store your flower separately from other cannabis products and equipment. Avoid storing your cannabis with grinders and pipes. The ash that remains from burnt cannabis tends to stick around and will stink up your storage container
  • Avoid using a tobacco humidor; most are typically made out of cedarwood, which has oils that may transfer and can affect the flavors of your cannabis bud and make changes on its precious terpene profile
  • Keep your stored cannabis away from electric appliances that give out heat. Instead, store your weed on a low shelf, cupboard or in the basement of your home
  • Avoid using inappropriate materials for moisture control. Some recommend tossing fruit rinds into storage jars to rehydrate the bud, but this can bring about too much moisture, which may encourage the growth of mold
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Now that you have a proper understanding of how you can suitably store your weed, you no longer have to worry about your stash going bad and can hold on to your cannabis for way longer than before.

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6 Factors that Impact How Quickly/Slowly Your Cannabis Burns

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Typically, most cannabis smokers enjoy a lengthy rewarding smoking experience; this experience highly depends on the potency of the strand, the smoothness of the smoke, and in some cases, the burn rate of the blunt.

The rate at which cannabis burns can significantly alter the mood and pace of your smoking session. Slow-burning cannabis is more desirable as it encourages a longer, more enjoyable experience. To ensure your cannabis burns at the rate you desire, you first have to understand the conditions which impact the rate at which your cannabis burns.

Let’s look at these factors and how they can impact how quickly or slowly cannabis your burns:

What Factors Affect How Cannabis Burn?

1. The Density of the Rolling Papers

The thickness of the rolling paper you use determines how fast your cannabis burns. The thinner the rolling paper, the slower your blunt burns; with thinner papers, a large amount of air passes through, allowing you to smoke with ease; hence the joint burns slower as opposed to thicker paper, which is known to burn out quickly as it combusts at a faster rate.

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Rolling papers are made out of different materials; therefore, choosing the type of material for your blunt determines its burn rate. Rolling papers made out of hemp burn best since they are additive-free.

2. A Tightly/Loosely Packed Blunt

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A tightly packed blunt will burn slower than a loosely packed one. Packing a blunt tightly prevents it from being airy, which reduces its burn rate. The airflow that passes through a tightly packed blunt is often limited, stagnating the rate at which the joint burns. This leads to a more desirable experience—loosely packed blunts lead to an uneven and accelerated burn rate.

3. Grinding Method

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It’s important to invest in a good grinder. This will ensure you get the right consistency for your cannabis. Weed that is not properly ground will form a joint that burns unevenly, which will lead to wastage of the product. Make sure to evenly grind your weed with the use of a quality grinder.

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4. Inhale Intensity

It is obvious to any cannabis user that smooth slow inhalations will ensure a slow blunt burn, while intensely inhaling a joint would make it burn out much quicker.

Airflow plays a critical role in determining the burn rate of a joint. Due to the condensed content of the joint and the lack of airflow, a joint will burn slowly. 

4. Humidity

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Generally, cannabis that is too dry burns faster than that which is slightly moist. A well-cured blunt will burn much slower as the buds will have retained the right amount of moisture.

5. Light the Joint Up Evenly

How you light up your joint also affects the rate at which it burns. To promote an even burn, hold the blunt over the flame of your fire source and rotate it as you light it up. You may also take small puffs and try to make the blunt burn evenly. The goal is to create a nice, circular burning area.

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6. Use Multiple Sheets

The number of rolling sheets used in making a joint can greatly impact its burning rate. Using multiple sheets will prevent burn runs from overtaking one side of your joint, which tends to cause an uneven burn. Rolling with more than one sheet also helps contain airflow, where the second sheet helps channel the air into tighter spaces, which helps prevent expedited burning.

After getting familiar with the factors that can influence the burn rate of your blunt, you can now control how quick or slow your next smoking session will be.

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7 Tips on How to Break into the Cannabis Industry

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Business is booming in the Cannabis industry. Now thanks to the governments that keep legalizing the use of Cannabis, the projected growth of the industry by end of 2021 is at $20.2 billion. More fields keep popping up and it needs people of different aspects to fill them up. In the USA, more than 28 states have already legalized the drug. This means in the USA out of 5 people, there is at least one person who is capable of using Cannabis for recreational purposes.

With the changing narrative around the world, the demand for Cannabis will keep growing exponentially. It won’t be easy but the road to a successful Cannabis business is full of confusing laws, ever-increasing steep taxes, and a lot of roadblocks that may limit you from reaching your intended potential in the business.

Here are the best 7 tips to help you through the way.

How to Get into the Cannabis Industry

1. Have a Plan

Every business requires a plan to implement and a strategy to follow through. Besides, you have to come up with a plan that will make you stand out whether you will be selling Cannabis online or not. You should ensure you know where you will get the proper funding you require too because not many major banks will fund companies dealing with Cannabis.

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2. Create a Network

It’s a competition because it is business. Know who you are in the industry with and their products as well. Network with professionals in the industry who might help you grow and let you know of any conventions you can go and meet with possible clients. Meet with your customers to know what they want.

3. Get Certified

You wouldn’t want to be dealing with Cannabis when you are not certified because it will cost you big time. Get certification for your business that will allow you to run the business in broad daylight giving you the chance to openly meet and showcase your products?

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4. Know Your Product

Customers will feel much better when they know they are buying products from a company or individual who knows what they are doing. Different breeds mean different kinds of high and whether it’s prescriptions or just getting used for recreational purposes, it is always important that you know what you are selling to your customers.

5. Understand the Industry

Like any other industry, coming to terms with every condition and that your industry holds gives you the advantage of having a foolproof plan. You can go around everything since you know all the perks and pitfalls that come while you are in the industry.

6. Encourage Referrals

Its been proven that people will mostly believe other people on the perks and lows of a product as compared to any advert or marketing ploy broadcasted through media. Get people to refer friends and family to your product will work you wonders especially if your product is high grade.

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7. Keep Researching

It’s a controversial industry. This means that a lot of things will happen within the industry that may change the way your business is run. You must make sure that you are on top of any emerging news or rule so that you know what steps to take.

Final Word

Being a growing industry that still has a lot to prove, being the pioneer will mean that you have to stick with most of the rules and regulations set by the government. It’s never going to be always easy but patience, determination and working smart will eventually get you where you want to be if you know where you want to be. Any questions about the Cannabis industry you may want to know, just ask in the comment section.

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The 10 Best Pusha T Songs

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Pusha T had his way to the limelight with the support of his brother who was in the Hip Hop industry. They created a duo Clipse that made rap fans switch their attention to the then-upcoming artist. 

He and No Malice formed Re-up records where they kept the fire burning for years. Here are some of his greatest hits to listen to while you pass the time.

Top Pusha T songs

1. Untouchable

Listening to Pusha T makes you feel untouchable from the metaphorical raps he gives out. Untouchable was the first single from Pusha’s Darkest Before Dawn album produced by Timbaland.

2. If You Know You Know

Pusha T’s If You Know You Know track was written and dedicated to himself as a person who has made it out of the drug-dealing lifestyle. The song is also a dedication to the people who are still in the streets dealing with drugs. Pusha is trying to show the other side of his success.

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3. Nostalgia

Featuring Kendrick Lamar, the track has two different perspectives about the cocaine dealing world. Kendrick gives a closer look at his own home and how the drug epidemic affected him and his family members, while Pusha T, who has sold cocaine half his life, looks back to a childhood growing around cocaine.

4. Lunch Money

This track finds him going after his competitors to claim his place at the top of the rapping game. The meaning of the music title is taking everybody’s lunch money, which he uses metaphorically to show how music is a competitive game.

5. Numbers on The Board

Numbers on The Board was the second single from My Name is My Name album. Pusha T dedicated the song to his fans and he wanted it to sound like a mixtape. 

6. Suicide 

The song is an inspiration from My Name is My Name hat Pusha and Ab-Liva did a song with. The duo recreates the story to a perfect hit song with Pusha calling out his enemies in a rap.

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7. My God

Pusha T is a go-getter that dares to dream big about how he rides a Lamborghini down the street. The time bandit wishes to take over the streets, making him the most feared man inspiring the name My God.

8. Sunshine

It is the last track on the Darkest Before Dawn, ironically named Sunshine featuring Jill Scott. It’s a rare song by politically minded Pusha T where he tackles some of the most sensitive issues of the time, from police violence and brutality to underfunded public schools to the prison industrial complexes.

9. Alone in Vegas

Apart from its lyricism, Alone in Vegas is about emptiness and isolation. Like Las Vegas, a city isolated in the desert to trap you with its superficial designs providing meaningless fulfillments. Pusha’s words about those around him are gone, like her brother No Malice.

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10. The Games We Play

Produced by Kanye West, The Games We Play samples Booker T. Averheart’s Heart ‘N Soul. The track from the Daytona album is named after the Rolex Daytona wristwatch. Pusha intentionally called the album Daytona in reference to the care and time put to record the song. Pusha’s song digs into the competitive nature of life as a hustler and tries to beat his competitors.

Bottom Line

Going all the way up for Pusha was not as easy despite having been inspired by his brother. He had a tough time dealing with cocaine but rose above the odds to rapping his way to success. His is a story of inspiration as depicted in some of the above best songs.

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