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Thundercat On Making Music Outside The Lines
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Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Prodigy
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Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Mike Dean
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Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With J Cole
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The-Dream On Why We All Need R&B
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Statik Selektah's fifth studio album, Extended Play, comes out June 18. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Reloaded (feat. Pain In Da Ass, Action Bronson, Big Body Bes, Termanology & Tony Touch)
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Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley on Kanye West
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The Ghostface Killah Rises Again
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The Wu-Tang Clan. Clockwise from left: Ol' Dirty Bastard, the GZA, the RZA, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. Center, from left, Method Man and U-God. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Wu-Tang Clan's 20-Year Plan
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Ghostface Killah with Adrian Younge and his band, Venice Dawn, after their first performance together. Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge's new album, Twelve Reasons To Die, comes out April 16. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Twelve Reasons to Die
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