The MC turned soul crooner, Aloe Blacc recently performed on World Cafe. Dan Monick/Courtesy of Stones Throw Records hide caption

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Rapper turned retro-soul singer Aloe Blacc says he draws inspiration from Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone and James Taylor. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hear two songs from Aloe Blacc's new album, Good Things, on "World Cafe: Next." Dan Monick hide caption

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Aloe Blacc's Good Things is a laid-back collection of vintage soul and modern emotions. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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