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Lyrical Lemonade’s first outdoor festival: scads of Soundcloud rap, thousands of teenagers, and hours of waiting for food

Three Reader writers hash out the highs and lows of the Summer Smash, which showcased a young rap scene that's innovating a vital new sound but also celebrating alleged abusers.

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