Oliver Wang Oliver Wang is an culture writer, scholar, and DJ based in Los Angeles.

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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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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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Dionne Warwick, Reduced To An Essence

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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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Gimme The Beat (Box): The Journey Of The Drum Machine

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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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20 Years Ago, De La Soul Refused To Go Pop

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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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The Poets Of Rhythm: A Troop Of German James Browns

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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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Chico Mann: Plastic Keys, Blinking Lights And Burbling Beats

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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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Kanye's 'Yeezus' Packs A Bite

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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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Shuggie Otis: 40 Years Later, Still An 'Inspiration'

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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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Laura Mvula's Velvet 'Moon' Is A Revelation

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