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Oliver Wang is an culture writer, scholar, and DJ based in Los Angeles. He's the author of Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews of the San Francisco Bay Area and a professor of sociology at CSU-Long Beach. He's the creator of the audioblog soul-sides.com and co-host of the album appreciation podcast, Heat Rocks.

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'Land of 1000 Dances' Chronicles The History Of Rampart Records Label

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Gang Starr's 'One Of The Best Yet' Is A Welcome Throwback To An Earlier Rap Era

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Kanye West onstage during his Jesus Is King album and film event at The Forum on Oct. 23, 2019 in Inglewood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ABA hide caption

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Raphael Saadiq Balances Personal Introspection With Social Commentary On 'Jimmy Lee'

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The Patrice Rushen compilation Remind Me: The Classic Elektra Recordings 1978-1984 revisits that formative period in Rushen's industry-spanning career. Patrice Rushen Archives/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Forget Her Nots: Patrice Rushen Compilation Captures Formative Elektra Years

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Marvin Gaye (and admirers) in London in the mid-1970s. John Minihan/Getty Images hide caption

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How Do You Follow A Masterpiece? Marvin Gaye Tried With 'You're The Man'

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The latest album from Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, The Serpent's Mouth, walks a tightrope between embracing steel pan's melodious charm and its kitschy past. Sesse Lind/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Travels Across Generations And Genres

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Nominees for song of the summer tend to be lively party anthems, but the grooves on The Internet's Hive Mind, out now, help score summertime's less boisterous but no less sublime moments. Alan Lear/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Internet's 'Hive Mind' Is A Soundtrack To The Slow Burn Of Summer

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Cut Chemist's latest album Die Cut incorporates new wave synth rock, country and pop into the DJ's spin cycle. Joseph Armario/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cut Chemist's 'Die Cut' Asks You To Listen Closely

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' final album, Soul of a Woman, is available now. Jacob Blickenstaff /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' 'Soul Of A Woman' Is A Testament To Fortitude

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Mr. Brown Eyed Soul, Sunny & The Sunliners' latest anthology album, is available now. Ramon Hernandez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sunny And The Sunliners' 'Mr. Brown Eyed Soul' Is For The Loved And Lovelorn

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Kendrick Lamar performs a DAMN.-heavy set on Sunday at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Is Introspective And Unforgiving

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