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    A Rap Pioneer Struggles to Recall His Forgotten Narrative

    It was all a blur. In the 1980s, T La Rock was a hip-hop trailblazer — then tragedy struck. A violent 1994 assault left him brain-damaged and confined to a nursing home, and the New York rapper found himself struggling to piece together his storied musical past. As he formed unlikely bonds with the predominantly elderly, Jewish residents, T eventually overcame the odds to take the stage once more — starting with the facility’s Haym Salomon Talent Show — finding comfort in recollections he’s fought to reclaim.

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