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The 10 Best Hip-Hop Tracks of 1991

1991's best hip-hop songs lean more towards beats production than the era's increasingly popular gangsta rap genre.

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Earthling: Insomniacs' Ball

If trip-hop was a fake genre, it was in part because it neglected its outcasts. Earthling return to downtempo with their maverick sensibilities.

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The American Humanist: Why the World Needs William Faulkner

In 2005, when record numbers of soldiers return home without limbs, cable news television replays images of extra-judicial torture carried out in the name of civil society, and the nation finds itself engaged in a conflict mired in bad faith -- in 2005 Faulkner is every bit as relevant as he was in 1932.

Robert Wheaton
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London Calling -- For Congo, Columbo, Sri Lanka....

M.I.A. speaks about the cultural politics of immigration, her role as an artist, and the global sound of London.

Robert Wheaton
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Nostalgia 77: The Garden

A solid elaboration on 2004's Songs for My Funeral, this album has the classic sound of The Horace Silver Quintet -- with some The White Stripes and Mantronix thrown in for good measure.

Robert Wheaton
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Buck 65: This Right Here Is Buck 65

More than bringing together backpacker beats and Woody Guthrie covers, Buck 65 is reading a whole tradition of American story-telling through the prism of hip-hop.

Robert Wheaton
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GB: Soundtrack for Sunrise

GB has the talent to surpass the more tired mannerisms of nu-jazz and broken beat. Unfortunately, he has to go through them first.

Robert Wheaton
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Massive Attack: Danny the Dog: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Blue Lines was said to be the soundtrack for a generation of British youth. After that, the soundtrack for this Luc Besson movie is a bit of disappointment -- albeit one studded with gems.

Robert Wheaton

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