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"I feel like people are not educated at a young age to know like, 'OK, you have a choice to go behind bars and become a number and for somebody to profit off you for free labor and it's enslaving your brain," Raphael Saadiq says. Aaron Rapoport/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Raphael Saadiq Sets His Dark Meditation To Music With 'Jimmy Lee'

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Taylor McFerrin's latest album Love's Last Chance is out now. Amir Ebrahimi/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Taylor McFerrin Steps In Front Of The Mic For 'Love's Last Chance'

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Boston rapper Cousin Stizz. His latest release, Searching For My Next Thrill, is on our shortlist for the best new albums out this week. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out On Aug. 16

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The Impressions circa 1970. Left to right: Curtis Mayfield, Fred Cash and Sam Gooden. Gilles Petard/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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'We're A Winner' Married Black Pride To An Irresistible Beat

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"If you want to make a diaspora of things, you need to reach to a diaspora of people," GoldLink says. Josh Brasted/Getty Images hide caption

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GoldLink Talks 'Diaspora' And The Global Future Of Music

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Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. His latest project K.R.I.T. IZ HERE is on our shortlist of the best albums out on July 12. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums For July 12

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J. Cole and his Dreamville label wanted to invite as many artists as possible to connect and create on the album Revenge of the Dreamers III. Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images hide caption

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