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What Is The Song Of The Summer?

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Rare Essence On World Cafe

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XXXTentacion performs during Rolling Loud Festival in Miami in 2017. The rapper was shot and killed on June 18, 2018. Miami Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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Why The Contradictions Of XXXTentacion Are 'Difficult To Square'

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XXXTentacion performing at Rolling Loud Festival in Miami in May 2017. The rapper was killed on June 18, 2018. Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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It's Impossible To Reconcile XXXTentacion's Art With His Violent Life

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Atticus Ross (left) and Trent Reznor (right) of Nine Inch Nails, whose new album Bad Witch is on our short list for the best releases of June 22. Corinne Schiavone/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: June 22

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