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Fave Five: Kwes

UK electronic producer Kwes can write his own future, but outside of pushing his sound in directions, looks back fondly on the records that inspired and taught him.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 80-61

In this next segment of PopMatters' look back on the music of the 2000s, we examine works by British electronic pioneers, Americana legends, and Armenian metal provocateurs.

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De La Soul: Smell the Da.I.S.Y.

It’s a blast to hear Posdnous whispering the chorus to “The Magic Number” – but what this ad hoc remix approach really does is get you to focus on Dilla’s beats. And they’re tremendous.

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Union: Analogtronics

A pair of French DJs get together for 17 riffs on a sound fans of J Dilla's Shining will find very familiar. Talib Kweli, Sly Johnson, and more guest.

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Finale: A Pipedream and a Promise

Finale is not messing around on his debut, a fiery blend of introspection and braggadocio that never slows down.

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Various Artists: Dillanthology Vol. 1

Although it offers nothing new, this is a fine introductory piece for new or unacquainted J Dilla listeners.

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DOOM: Born Like This

The masked villain returns from a controversial hiatus with a satisfying and flawed album that bores or delights based on your mood.

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Hip-Hop Hooray: Tributes in Rhyme

Forget the beef, let's talk about honoring our hip-hop icons. Perhaps the best way to pay homage to hip-hoppers is to let them speak in their own words.

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These Are the Breaks: The Motown Sound's Influence on Hip-Hop Sampling

For any influential group in the hip-hop game, specifically in the early 1990s, Motown's stamp of approval and its variety of subsidiaries were undeniably influential.

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Q-Tip: The Rennaisance

Logical thought could have safely concluded on November 3rd that yes, Barack Obama would be elected President, and yes, the new Q-Tip album would be good.

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Moka Only: Vermilion

Ask Moka Only, and he'll tell you that this is the album he "wanted" to make.

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Phat Kat: Carte Blanche

Lyrics, beats, or delivery? Well, I'd like to have them all, but we don't always get what we want.

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J Dilla: The Shining

The problem is that while the whole of Dilla's first true posthumous release is incredibly solid and expertly crafted, it's for the most part unremarkable.

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