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Kanye West and Kid Cudi's debut joint album Kids See Ghosts is perhaps the strongest of the albums West has produced and released in 2018. Jason Kempin/Getty Images hide caption

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Jorja Smith's debut album, Lost & Found, is one of the standouts for June 8 releases. Rashid Babiker/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday For June 8: Six Albums You Should Hear Now

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Rapper Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump met in 2016 at Trump Tower in New York. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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What The Kanye Controversy Can Teach Us About Black Voters

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Kanye West's recent life-coach-like Twitter activity is out of character for the infamously polarizing rapper. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images hide caption

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A Conversation About Kanye West, Twitter Philosopher

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Kanye West returned to Twitter this week to post aphorisms... and announce several new albums, including one from Pusha-T (left). Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3 hide caption

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The Recording Academy changed its rules this year to make streaming-only albums eligible for Grammy Awards. Chance the Rapper, who released his mixtape, Coloring Book, on Apple Music in May, is up for seven awards. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Rihanna poses at the album artwork reveal for ANTI in Los Angeles. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Westbury Road Entertainment LLC hide caption

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Just What Is An Album? In 2016, That Was An Open Question

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A day after getting a phone call from Kanye West's camp, Vincent Desiderio was in Los Angeles for the premiere of the rapper's video "Famous," which Desiderio's painting Sleep partly inspired. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Chat With The Painter Whose Work Inspired Kanye West's 'Famous'

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"There had never even been a Canadian DJ that made it to the finals, period," says Alain Macklovitch, aka A-Trak. "And I came in and I won." Kenneth Cappello/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Before Leaping Onto Kanye's Records, A-Trak Forged A Career From Scratch

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Kanye West and Jay Z onstage at Tidal's March 2015 launch event in New York. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images hide caption

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Kanye West And The Streaming Arms Race

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Kanye West at a laptop during his Yeezy Season 3 fashion show and album debut at Madison Square Garden in New York Feb. 11. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images hide caption

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Is Tidal Changing How Fans Talk About Music?

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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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Clockwise from upper left: Cover art for Björk's Vespertine, Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Moby's Play, Kanye West's Late Registration, Sleigh Bells' Treats and Regina Spektor's Begin To Hope Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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16 Number One Songs From Our First 16 Years

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