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Music Reviewer

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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Music Review: 'We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service,' A Tribe Called Quest

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As Frankie Reyes, Los Angeles-based musician Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker flips Latin standards into something ghostly and new. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Simple Idea, Spooky Result: Latin American Ballads Get A Ghostly Makeover

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Songs We Love: Lady Wray, 'Do It Again'

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The Columbia Years 1968-1969 is a collection of little-heard, long sought-after recordings by funk artist Betty Davis. Photo by Baron Wolman/ Courtesy of Iconic Images hide caption

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Behind The Black Power Goddess: Betty Davis' Early Demos Released

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09Dog Was A Doughnut

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The latest release of James Brown's music, Get Down with James Brown: Live at the Apollo Vol 4, was recorded in 1972 — and finally released this year. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'James Brown: Live At The Apollo Vol. 4' Is A Marvelous And Mysterious Time Capsule

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17F*** The Police

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07Burning Inside

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07Things We Do For Love

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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

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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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'To Pimp A Butterfly' Aspires To Be Music's Great American Novel

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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

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Music Review: 'You're Dead!' By Flying Lotus

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