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Oliver Wang is a music writer, scholar, and DJ based in California. Since 1994, he's written on popular music, culture, race, and America for outlets such as NPR, Vibe, Wax Poetics, Scratch, The Village Voice, SF Bay Guardian, and LA Weekly.

Wang begins work as an assistant professor in sociology at Long Beach State this fall; He also hosts the renowned audioblog soul-sides.com. For more information, visit o-dub.com.

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Kanye West premiered The Life Of Pablo in only the way Kanye West could: at his Madison Square Garden fashion show. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images hide caption

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Kanye West Plays Puppet Master With 'Life Of Pablo' Premiere

Maybe this is all part of some performance-art piece we've been unwittingly sucked into. But either way, it seems to be working.

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To Pimp a Butterfly follows two and a half years of anticipation stoked by Kendrick Lamar's breakthrough LP, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Christian San Jose/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ghostface Killah's new album, 36 Seasons, sees the rapper revive his Tony Starks alter ego. Brian Level/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Wu-Tang's Fabulous Fabulist Returns

Ghostface Killah's new 36 Seasons is a concept album with a big cast. It stars his Tony Starks alter ego in dense action scenes.

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The new tribute album Dionne Dionne is a collaboration between singer Dionne Farris (known for her work with Arrested Development) and guitarist Charlie Hunter. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Oberheim DMX rose to popularity in the mid-1980s, one of the first commercial drum machines that came close to mimicking real drum sounds. Courtesy of Get On Down Publishing hide caption

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David Jude Jolicoeur aka Trugoy (from left), Vincent Mason aka P.A. Mase and Kelvin Mercer aka Posdnuos pose for a portrait outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem in September 1993. David Corio/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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The Poets of Rhythm were a group of young retro-soul musicians from Germany. An anthology of their work was recently released. Julian Rosefeldt/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On his new album, Magical Thinking, Chico Mann uses a host of electronic playthings to craft West African, Latin and 1980s "boogie" rhythms. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kanye West at his album listening party at Milk Studios last week in New York City. Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic hide caption

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Shuggie Otis' Inspiration Information was first released nearly 40 years ago. B+/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Laura Mvula's debut is ambitiously confident, as if she and her band had perfected their sound years ago. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Articles

Laura Mvula's Velvet 'Moon' Is A Revelation

Mvula's debut is ambitiously distinct and confident, as if she and her band had perfected their sound years ago but only now decided to share it with everyone else.

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Charles Bradley was signed by Daptone Records partly because of a James Brown act he used to perform. His new album is Victim of Love. Darren Bastecky/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On Two New R&B Albums, An Old Soul Sound That Glows

New York's Charles Bradley and London's James Hunter Six both mix inspiration and replication.

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