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Before they were household names, JAY-Z, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Mobb Deep, N.W.A, Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G. appeared on the local TV series “Video Music Box,” which debuted in 1983.

To mark the 35th year of Video Music Box — a TV series that’s as old as hip-hop itself and played an outsized role in making the music happen — Ralph McDaniels, the DJ who created the show and now serves as master of hip-hop for the Queens Library system, staged a concert in Roy Wilkins Park.

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