Daddy issues: why Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper and Jay-Z put their parents on their albums

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How rap and R&B stars revived the once prolific ‘interlude’ as a family affair

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Interludes on US rap and R&B albums used to involve “hilarious” voicemail recordings, breathy come-ons or – as on Ludacris’s 2003 opus Chicken-n-Beer – an automated menu offering niche advice: “If you woke up with a hangover and a pair of hairy balls on your forehead, press #7.” The rise of consumer cherry-picking facilitated by streaming has curtailed the often-skipped interlude, but now they’re back, and in a very specific way.

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