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A Kansas City rapper shares his roots with the world

After playing Austin's South by Southwest festival earlier this year, a Kansas City rapper known as The Pradagy is making a name for himself in the local scene. Plus: An artist is using native flowers to bring new color to Kansas City’s Marlborough neighborhood.

He may not be a household name in his hometown yet, but Alan Wayne — known onstage as The Pradagy — wants to share his Kansas City roots with the hip-hop world. Some recent successes could help him do just that. KCUR’s Lawrence Brooks IV brings us this story.

Native flowers and insects are springing up in Kansas City on a mural at 77th Street, under the Paseo bridge. For KCUR, Julie Denesha reports on the local artist who’s bringing beauty to a neglected corner of the metro.

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