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Nate Dogg: Singer who gave a soulful dimension to a raft of G-funk and

Over the last two decades, the demarcation lines between hip-hop and R&B have become blurred as the two genres have cross-pollinated through the use of samples, the proliferation of remixes and the ubiquity of guest appearances by vocalists and rappers on each other's records. Nate Dogg, the singer whose signature baritone gave dozens of "G-funk" and gangsta rap tracks a soulful dimension, played a pivotal role in that development.

Robert Wilson: Influential bassist with 1980s funk group The Gap Band

In the mid-1970s the bass guitar became a pivotal instrument in the funk and electro-funk genres. While not as flamboyant or flashy a player as Larry Graham, "Bootsy" Collins or Rick James, Robert Wilson was an influential musician whose distinctive bass lines helped The Gap Band, the group formed by his older brothers Ronnie and Charlie, make some of the most infectious party anthems of the '80s.

Dubstep it up

Fans of dubstep are divided over attempts to merge the sound with other genres. But DJs and producers are adamant that cross-pollination is good for the scene. Rebecca Lindon talks to the pioneers

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