Kanye West's best gets buried under sex, fame and money on the rap icon's highly anticipated new album. Courtesy of Troy Holden hide caption

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Kanye West Gets 'Twisted,' But Misses The Beauty

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A new box set, Syl Johnson: The Complete Mythology, compiles more than 80 recordings from the late 1950s through early 1970s. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Syl Johnson: Soulful Like Marvin, Funky Like James

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Common's classic album Resurrection gets the deluxe reissue treatment it deserves. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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M.I.A. Returns, With A Darker, Harder 'Maya'

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Harvey Fuqua was one of the major forces at Motown Records. Michael Ochs Archives hide caption

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Little Ann's 40-year-old single "Deep Shadows" is a marvel of subtle understatement and emotive power. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Deep Shadows' by Little Ann

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B-boys pose. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Guru performs on stage in 2003, the year before he and DJ Premier parted ways. Cary Hammond/Redferns hide caption

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Guru: Hip-Hop's Elder Statesman Dies Young

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Philadelphia rapper Freeway collaborated with producer Jake One on The Stimulus Package. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Freeway And Jake One Release A 'Stimulus Package'

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The Rev. Lonnie Farris at home in 1980. His recording of "Peace in the Valley" opens Fire In My Bones. Mark Weber hide caption

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Divine Inspiration Sparks 'Fire' And 'Funk'

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In "College," the fifth-grade MCs in 3 Titans unleash a charmingly clever and upbeat jam. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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College

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On the compilation Black Man's Cry: The Inspiration of Fela Kuti, Cumbia Moderna de Soledad covers Fela's "Shakara," and shares with it a common bloodline. courtesy of Stone's Throw Records hide caption

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'Shacalao' by Cumbia Moderna de Soledad

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