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9 Dec 2016 // 3:15 AM

Lil Durk: They Forgot

They Forgot highlights Lil Durk’s gift for creating momentum.

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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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John Legend: Darkness and Light

John Legend's latest proves the adage that in soul music, darkness is always better than light.

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Otis Redding: Live at the Whisky a Go Go: The Complete Recordings

Three historic nights spread out over six discs makes for an unprecedented, essential Otis Redding listening experience.

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30 Nov 2016 // 3:20 AM

6LACK: FREE 6LACK

6LACK has carved out a niche in Atlanta by drawing from the Soundcloud production aesthetic and combining his rapping ability with a smooth, if at sometimes disaffected, voice.

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Maestro Gamin and Books One - “Future Calling” (audio)

Alongside producer Books One, rapper Maestro Gamin offers yet another dose of speaker medicine with "Future Calling".

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29 Nov 2016 // 9:16 AM

The Weeknd: Starboy

Starboy has something for each individual, without a doubt, but it has nothing for everybody as a collective, a balance he managed on his first three releases.

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Rapper YG Reflects on His Prescient Song About 2016 Vote and the Nation’s Future

For weeks leading up to the election, YG and Nipsey Hussle’s single, “FDT", was a warning shot at a candidate whom many in the hip-hop community saw as a racist demagogue.

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23 Nov 2016 // 10:31 AM

DAWN: Redemption Heart

DAWN concludes her Red Heart trilogy with an enigmatic yet polished dance album.

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23 Nov 2016 // 10:06 AM

Prince: 4EVER

Prince 4Ever is a look back at some of the legend’s most familiar work, and a refresher for fans who want the big hits but might also be exposed to some singles they missed along the way.

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A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service

This is A Tribe Called Quest’s most political album, but those politics flow naturally from everything the group has given us throughout its existence.

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GQ: Standing Ovation - The Story of GQ and The Rhythm Makers (1974-1982)

GQ arrived in the days of disco and left its mark on American music, one funky bassline at a time.

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16 Nov 2016 // 11:20 AM

Anderson Paak - “Come Down” (Singles Going Steady)

This choice cut from Anderson Paak is a song fit to transform any dancefloor into a heaving mass of gyrating limbs.

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15 Nov 2016 // 9:11 AM

Zion I - “Gods Illa” (video) (premiere)

Zion I returns with a timely new album of politically engaged hip-hop and a banging new single and video.

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Gene & Eddie: True Enough: Gene & Eddie with Sir Joe at Ru-Jac

True Enough collects the Maryland-based soul duo’s complete recordings for the Sir Joe Quarterman-owned Ru-Jac label.

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14 Nov 2016 // 3:05 AM

U.G.: Portals

Delivered through a mastery of dark spell, Portals finds rapper U.G. ensuring that his telesthetic rhymes are grounded in the loping swings of granite-heavy beats.

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11 Nov 2016 // 3:25 AM

Alicia Keys: Here

Right when you were ready to forget about Alicia Keys, she comes back with the rawest -- and best -- album of her career.

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Common: Black America Again

Chicago veteran returns with his 11th album, a record that sees Common reinvigorated and at his most potent and inspired, marking another entry into one of the most consistent discographies in hip-hop history.

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7 Nov 2016 // 2:30 AM

Are We Gon’ Be Alright?

Crises abound in America, but while complacency won the day before, these times feel different.

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4 Nov 2016 // 12:00 PM

Kid Cudi - “Frequency” (Singles Going Steady)

Kid Cudi deals an intoxicating dose of psychedelic midnight sensuality and rolling beats on “Frequency”.

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Tibet House's 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert Celebrated Philip Glass' 80th

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"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.

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