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'Personal Space': Relics From Synth Soul's Early Days

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Eccentric Soul: A Red Black Green Production (the cover detail of the album is above) revisits the influence of producer Robert Williams on the 1970s soul scene in Washington, D.C. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Sound Man Behind The Soul Of The Nation's Capital

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'The Medium Is The Massage': A Kitchen Sink Of Sound

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Profile Records never meant to get into the rap game, but the label launched the careers of rap groups like Run-D.M.C. Frank Micelotta/Getty Images hide caption

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A 'Giant Anthology' Of Profile Records, Rap's Early Champion

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Kanye West and Jay-Z's highly anticipated collaboration made its debut Monday on iTunes. Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images hide caption

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Jay-Z And Kanye West: Stuck In Cruise Control

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Soul group The Nu Page was one of the few artists who released music on MoWest in its brief history. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Strange Sound Of Motown's Early Hollywood Years

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The new Aretha Franklin compilation Take a Look features the legendary singer's music from her years with Columbia Records. Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Aretha Franklin: 'Take A Look' Back At The Columbia Years

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Chicago salsa band La Solucion performs in the '70s. Courtesy of The Numero Group hide caption

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The Secret History Of Chicago Salsa

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Tammi Terrell: Remembering Motown's Lost Star

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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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