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Busta Rhymes' latest album is Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God. Flo Ngala/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Busta Rhymes On 'Extinction Level Event 2' And Hip-Hop As A Daily Practice

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"It's something that I've always thought that was important, ever since I was a kid, to laugh," Thundercat says. "Being able to laugh is one of the best feelings ever." Carlos Gonzalez / The1point8/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: Thundercat Eases Loneliness With Trippy Music

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"I've made a bunch of romantic albums," Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd says. "I think my world view is full of pink glasses." Azul Amaral/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: The Multiplicity Of Mia Doi Todd

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Adrianne Lenker, lead vocalist and guitarist of Big Thief, released two solo albums in October, simply titled songs and instrumentals. Genesis Báez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Adrianne Lenker On Carving Out Space To Recover

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"Laughter has always been the juice of my life," says Laraaji, who pursed stand-up comedy before becoming a professional musician. Liam Ricketts/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: Laraaji Loves To Laugh

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"I think a lot of my last record is just me trying to find some peace with saying whatever stream-of-consciousness things that come to my head," Nick Hakim says. "It's therapeutic for myself." Adam Zhu/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: Nick Hakim Finds Humor In Darkness

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Alicia Keys' seventh album, Alicia, is out now. Milan Zrnic/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alicia Keys Wants You To Know You're Doing Great

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Lianne La Havas says her new, self-titled album is her at her purest and most authentic. Hollie Fernando/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: Lianne La Havas Stretches To New Heights

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Spoken word poet and musician Kae Tempest thinks that the act of paying extreme attention allows one to be more empathetic to others and to create art that resonates beyond the present moment. Julian Broad/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: Kae Tempest Watches The World Vibrate

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Amy Ray and Emily Saliers contemplate their place as queer artists in country on their latest album, Look Long, released in May. Jeremy Cowart/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: Indigo Girls' Amy Ray And Emily Saliers On Their 45-Year Kinship

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Responding to the noise he experienced daily in London, Mala pared down U.K. dance music to a skeletal form. He's the final rung in this chain, but hypothetically, he'd "play it forward" to the late dub pioneer Augustus Pablo. Fabrice Bourgelle/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: Mala Sees The Space Between The Notes

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Now more than a decade into his career, James Blake returns to his early years in the U.K. dance music scene in this installment of Play It Forward. Christopher Parsons/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: James Blake On Playing His Biggest Shows Ever, From His Living Room

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Aided by an ensemble cast of jazz musicians new and old, Lakecia Benjamin recorded the entirety of her new album 'Pursuance: The Coltranes' in two days. Elizabeth Leitzell/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: Lakecia Benjamin Sings Through Her Saxophone

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D.C. Protesters Hail The Hero Of Swann St., Who Sheltered Them From Arrest

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