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Diana Ross: 3 February 2015 - Brooklyn, New York

Diana Ross inaugurated the historic reopening of Kings Theatre in Brooklyn with a dazzling lesson in longevity.

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29 Jan 2015 // 3:06 AM

Bettye LaVette: Worthy

More than 50 years into her career, Bettye LaVette still has a voice for the ages.

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Counterbalance: Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

No one man should have all that power. The 97th most acclaimed album of all time is living in that 21st century, doing something mean to it. Counterbalance has a listen.

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12 Dec 2014 // 3:10 AM

The Best Hip-Hop of 2014

This year's push of stylistic diversity, craft, and experimentation adds fuel to hip-hop's movement into the future.

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5 Dec 2014 // 3:03 AM

Stalley: Ohio

Stalley serves up more intelligent trunk music on his major-label debut.

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Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions

Genuine artistic growth or a cheap ploy to adhere to popular culture's latest trend in music?

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19 Nov 2014 // 3:03 AM

Sam Hunt: Montevallo

Sam Hunt records his first full-length LP, makes an argument about genre, and is still problematic about women.

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Big K.R.I.T.: Cadillactica

Big K.R.I.T.'s second major label debut continues his reign of dominance as he claims the role as "King of the South".

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Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2

A bluesy howl of addictive beats, political fury, and hypnotic technique, the sequel to Run the Jewels' triumphant debut bests the original in every way.

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Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste

After endless delays, the New York rapper finally drops her first album, a postmodern pop epic that aims to make an impression rather than please.

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10 Nov 2014 // 3:03 AM

T.I.: Paperwork

Paperwork is an album that doesn't have to be long to be expansive, but it's stuffed full of songs anyway. If you sift through them, you'll find some great moments, though, ones that suggest T.I.'s best days may not all be behind him.

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Mavis Staples: New York - 4 November 2014

Age has slowed her a bit, but at 75, the gospel great delivers

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Epic - ‘#OPRAH’ (album stream) (Premiere)

On his first solo release, Epic (from the Chicago hip-hop maestros BBU) obliterates the boundary between personal and political.

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“Hurry Up With My Damn Croissants!”: The 15 Best Kanye West Lyrics

Ten years after Kanye West's first album, The College Dropout, we count down the rapper's top lyrics.

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Matt Brevner: Eclectricity

This album shows that Canadian hip-hop is certainly eye-opening and something to take seriously.

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Various Artists: The Soul of Designer Records

This is a compilation of ‘70s gospel and soul singles that appropriately honors the musicians who made them while offering a crucial glance at the stylistic elements of the American musical tradition.

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock & Roll Time

The Killer makes an album worthy of his reputation, aided by an all-star cast and co-producer (and fellow music legend) Jim Keltner.

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Aretha Franklin Takes Other Singers to School on Her New ‘Great Diva Classics’

As you listen to Aretha Franklin’s new album, it’s hard not to sense an unspoken message to the world: “Step aside, ladies — here

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27 Oct 2014 // 12:30 PM

Kypski: Wreck Fader

If you’re looking for a sonic adventure, and love the sound and warmth of old analog records mixed in with squelchy keyboard sounds, look no further.

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I’m Rick James’ Bio, Bitch!

The majority of Glow is a blow-by-blow account of the drugs he took and the women he bedded. James either had a great memory, or he took remarkable notes.

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Call for Papers: Do You Believe in Life After Auto-Tune?

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"Which is better, Cher’s voice before or after Auto-Tune?

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