A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

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Mon, 12 Sep '22
"Illmatic" rapper
Mon, 8 Aug '22
Rap's Lil ___ X
Sat, 25 Jun '22
Rapper with the 1999 #1 album "I Am …"
Sun, 10 Apr '22
Rapper with the platinum albums "Street's Disciple" and "God's Son"
Mon, 14 Feb '22
Music's Lil ___ X
Tue, 18 Jan '22
Lil ___ X
Sun, 5 Dec '21
Rapper dissed by Jay-Z in "Takeover"
Sat, 20 Nov '21
Mass Appeal Records co-founder
Mon, 8 Nov '21
Montero Lamar Hill a.k.a. Lil ___ X
Sat, 7 Aug '21
"The World Is Yours" rapper, 1994
Sun, 25 Jul '21
Rap's Lil ___ X
Thu, 15 Jul '21
Rapper for whom Harvard's Hip-Hop Fellowship is named
Sun, 6 Jun '21
Rapper who co-founded Mass Appeal Records
Sun, 7 Mar '21
"Stillmatic" rapper
Thu, 21 Jan '21
Performer with the hit 2006 album "Hip Hop Is Dead"