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Justin Timberlake, the Invention of Whiteness and Willful Ignorance

Your favorite singer still needs to face the reality of race and privilege.

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How Alicia Keys’ ‘Songs in A Minor’ Album Mastered the Art of Classical Soul

We take a look back at Alicia Keys' 2001 album, 'Songs in A Minor,' on the LP's 15th anniversary.

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Tupac Shakur Hit Em Up Video
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20 Years Later: Why 2Pac’s ‘Hit ‘Em Up’ Is the Greatest Diss Song of All Time

20 years later, we take a look back at 2Pac's scathing diss song, 'Hit 'Em Up.'

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Mistah F.A.B. Talks ‘Son of a Pimp 2′, Politics, Why It Was Time to Get Personal

Mistah F.A.B. opens up about his hiatus and his introspective upcoming album.

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Ciara and Future Need a Minute—Let’s Give it to Them

While it’s trendy to make uninformed statements on Twitter about the parental skills of both stars, the truth is this is about their kid.

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Drake Views Album
Young Money / Cash Money Records
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The Best Part About Drake’s Album ‘Views’ Isn’t Drake

Drake's 'Views' is just more proof that Drizzy and producer Noah "40" Shebib can create bold, cool and scary music together.

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Robin Marchant, Getty Images
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Views From The Blueprint: Why Drake’s Next Album Could Put Him On Par With Jay Z

Could 'Views From the 6' push Drake's to the next level?

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Jennifer Lopez
Epic Records
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15 Years Ago: Jennifer Lopez Releases ‘J.Lo’ Album

On the 15th anniversary of Jennifer Lopez's 'J.Lo' album, The Boombox takes a look back at the project that made her a R&B and pop superstar.

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Audible Treats / Getty Images
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What It Means to Be White in Hip-Hop in 2015

Within hip-hop, the community deals with racial matters of its own. Which brings us to the question: what does it mean to be white in hip-hop? The answer will certainly be different for everyone.

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Def Soul
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15 Years Ago: Musiq Soulchild’s ‘Aijuswanaseing’ Album Debuts

One of the best things to come out of the summer of 2000 was the world's introduction to Musiq Soulchild. Celebrate the 15-year anniversary of his 'Aijuswanaseing' album by taking a trip down memory lane.

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