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Otis Redding, 'Love Man'
Atlantic
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45 Years Ago: Otis Redding Releases ‘Love Man’

Long before Tupac Shakur enjoyed a lengthy life after death on the charts through a series of posthumous albums, Otis Redding had his own ghostly run of records including 1969's 'Love Man.'

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Marvin Gaye Live
Tamla Records
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40 Years Ago: Marvin Gaye’s Triumphant Return to the Stage

Forty years ago this month, Marvin Gaye celebrated the end of a long, self-imposed absence from the stage with the chart-topping album 'Marvin Gaye Live!' But getting there was quite a rough road.

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The Beastie Boys
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10 Years Ago: The Beastie Boys Respond to 9/11 With ‘To The 5 Boroughs’

Devastated by the 9/11 attacks on their hometown of New York City, the Beastie Boys made their most serious and politically charged album ever.

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Sly Stone Madison Square Garden Wedding
New York Daily News Archives, Getty Images
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40 Years Ago: Sly Stone Gets Married in Front of 21,000 Fans at Madison Square Garden

Funk legend Sly Stone got married in front of 21,000 fans at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden on June 5, 1974.

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Jeru the Damaja
PayDay Records
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Top Five Songs From Jeru The Damaja’s ‘The Sun Rises In The East’

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Jeru the Damaja's 'The Sun Rises in the East,' we handpicked our five favorite songs from the classic album. Find out which tracks made the cut.

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Mobb Deep Ruff Ryders Rawkus Records
Loud Records / Ruff Ryders / Rawkus Records
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15 Years Later: Revisiting ‘Murda Muzik,’ ‘Ryde Or Die’ and ‘Soundbombing 2′

We take a look back at these three landmark albums released and April. 27, 1999 and decide which one stands above the rest.

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B.G. Chopper City In The Ghetto
Cash Money Records
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Does B.G.’s ‘Chopper City in the Ghetto’ Stand the Test of Time?

Cash Money Records proved it was truly an army (better yet, a navy) with the label's dominant run in the latter half of the '90s. Mater P's No Limit Records may have made a dent with a historic run of it's own, but Bryan 'Baby' Williams and company blew the doors off the hinges with their Louisianan brand of hip-hop. Following the success of Juvenile's multi-platinum '400 Degreez,' the crew wasted no time basking in the glory, instead, shifting their focus to rapper B.G. their flagship artist.

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Usher
Harold Cunningham, Getty Images
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Does Usher’s ‘Confessions’ Stand the Test of Time?

For every decade, there’s an album released by a marquee R&B artist that speaks for the generation. In the 1980’s it was Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller.' In the '90s, it was MJ’s little sister Janet Jackson’s overt album, 'Janet.' For the new millennial generation of today, it’s clearly Beyonce’s self-titled album. But in between Queen Bey and Ms. Jackson, there’s an album by one of the greatest musical talents in R&B that’s ever surfaced the Earth: ‘Confessions’ by Usher.

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Above the Rim Soundtrack
Death Row Records
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Does The ‘Above The Rim’ Soundtrack Stand The Test Of Time?

Basketball and hip-hop have always gone hand in hand and over the years they have collided consistently, becoming the two favorite pastimes of inner-city youth. So when the 'Above The Rim' soundtrack dropped on March 22, 1994, the music matched perfectly with the hoops film of the same name starring Tupac Shakur.

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Scott Gries, Getty Images
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Does TLC’s ‘FanMail’ Stand the Test of Time?

Fifteen years ago on Feb. 23, 1999, TLC, the best-selling American female group of all-time, released their third album, 'FanMail.' This would be the last project featuring Chili, T-Boz and Left Eye before the latter's untimely death in 2002. Their dynamic was undeniable and they earned quite a few accolades for their achievements, but does this album stand the test of time?

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