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Battle of Famous Albums, Part 5: Kendrick Lamar

After a series of mixtapes and EP’s, 2011 finally saw the release of Kendrick Lamar’s debut album. Named Section.80 as a play on both the concept of inner city housing (Section 8) and the decade Lamar grew up in (1980s), it established him as a worthy carrier of the West Coast torch. We already knew that Compton was no easy…

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Stories Behind Classic Songs, Part 8

It may sound crazy in retrospect, but Aerosmith were not always the power-ballad machine that they became in the late 80s and 90s. They didn’t always need Alicia Silverstone or Diane Warren to gain attention. It was the guitar riffs, the unpolished performances and the sheer energy they displayed…

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Mini Album Reviews, Part 2

People call this the beginning of the end within Queen’s discography just because it sounds a little bit more funky (disco! oh no! the horror!). Whatever. All I hear is yet another eclectic set of well-written and well-performed tunes. The album cover has a deceptively New-Wave look, but in reality the band still…