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  • Rick Ross Names His 10 Essential Southern Rap Tracks

    May 13, 2014 4:15 PM ET
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    Rick Ross is from Miami, but his music draws on influences from Houston, Atlanta, New Orleans and more – a rich blend of sounds that has made him one of the biggest southern rappers in recent memory. "I came in the game in '06, and I've never lost," Ross says. "We're un-fucking-touchable Jedi, man." The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time 1. UGK, "Hi Life" When I was in the streets, I related to this record so much. I was looking for a way to escape and get away from ...  | More »

  • Sam Smith Breaks Down 10 Great R&B Voices

    May 13, 2014 4:10 PM ET
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    For someone born the same year Whitney Houston starred in The Bodyguard, Sam Smith knows plenty about R&B and mind-blowing voices. "Both my mom and dad loved soul music and played it constantly when I was a kid, and that made me fall in love with it, mainly the female voice," says Smith, the 21-year-old Brit-soul sensation who sang on UK hits by Disclosure and Naughty Boy and will release his debut album in June. "My mom would play soul music in the car when taking us to school, and it wa...  | More »

  • Sean Lennon on 10 Lost Psychedelic Classics

    May 13, 2014 4:10 PM ET
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    Lennon, an avid connoisseur of far-out Sixties sounds, explored some of the era's deepest cult releases for this playlist. "There are a hundred songs I could pick," he says. "It's really my favorite period in rock & roll history. Revolver and Pepper are my favorite Beatles records – that's when everyone was trying hardest to blow people's minds." The 40 Greatest Stoner Albums 1. July, "Dandelion Seeds" July are a great lost British psychedelic band. This song s...  | More »

  • Dan Auerbach: 10 Records I Wish I'd Produced

    May 13, 2014 4:05 PM ET
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    The Black Keys frontman owns a Nashville studio and won the Producer of the Year Grammy last year for his work with the Keys, Hacienda and Dr. John. Auerbach says he aims for recordings that are "warts and all, where there's mistakes and time shifts that all add to an organic feeling, like it’s alive."​ The Black Keys Photos: A Decade of Hard Work Pays Off 1. Duffy Power, "Where Am I?" He was a British singer, this is an Abbey Road recording. I love the harmonies at the beginni...  | More »

  • Nas' Guide to 10 Key Tracks From Hip-Hop's Eighties Golden Age

    May 13, 2014 4:00 PM ET
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    "Hip-hop has had so many golden ages, but I picked the Eighties," Nas says. "That's when it turned from rock-sounding, disco-sounding shit to the essence of rap." Nas' Life in 20 Songs 1. "Rebel Without a Pause" (Public Enemy, 1988) The track was running wild, and the raps were prophetic. When Chuck D rapped, it sounded like a leader was speaking. 2. "My Melody" (Eric B. and Rakim, 1987) One of the greatest rap songs ever made. The beat has a whistle, which makes it sound like a ...  | More »

  • Aretha Franklin Gushes About 10 Songs She Loves

    May 13, 2014 3:55 PM ET
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    The Queen of Soul makes only one kind of playlist: songs she loves. "You couldn't cite all my favorites," she says with a laugh. "But I'll give you some of them." The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time: Aretha Franklin 1. "You Send Me" (Sam Cooke, 1957) What a great song. Melodically, it just stands the test of time. Sam was what you'd call a singer's singer – a lot of singers aspired to be Sam, and I was one of them. 2. "Pastime Paradise" (Stevie Wonder, 1976) Stev...  | More »

  • Ezra Koenig's 10 Favorite Tracks by Nineties Babies

    May 13, 2014 3:55 PM ET
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    "I was born in the mid-Eighties, but in a lot of ways I identify more with these younger artists coming up now who were born in the Nineties," says the Vampire Weekend frontman. "So I thought I'd pay tribute to the new greatest generation – the kids who were born in the Internet era and came of age after 9/11." Vampire Weekend on Their Adventurous New Album 1. "Neptune Estate" (King Krule, 2013) King Krule doesn't seem too concerned with genre definitions, which is something...  | More »

  • Miley Cyrus Goes Deep on Her 10 Favorite Flaming Lips Songs

    May 13, 2014 3:45 PM ET
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    "Once you listen to the Flaming Lips, it's hard to listen to anything else," says Cyrus, who recently hit the studio with her psychedelic-rock heroes to record some Beatles covers. "I've been listening to them for the past three months, to the exclusion of all other music – literally, I've erased everything else on my phone. My entire world is wrapped up in this collaboration and magical friendship." The Evolution of Miley Cyrus 1. "Try to Explain" (2013) This makes me ...  | More »

  • Gary Clark Jr.'s Favorite Tracks by B.B., Albert and Freddie King

    May 13, 2014 3:40 PM ET
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    The three kings of the blues all helped shape the Texas guitar ace. "B.B. King plays like a beast, Albert King is just killer, and Freddie King was a big influence, too," Clark says. "My favorites from these guys change all the time, but I'll give this list a try." Gary Clark Jr.: The Chosen One 1. "Chains and Things" (B.B. King, 1970) It's this big, heavy groove, and he's just testifying. I remember hearing that in my headphones when I was younger, thinking, "That is the hea...  | More »

  • St. Vincent's Space Oddities Playlist

    May 13, 2014 3:35 PM ET
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    "I'm always trying to reach through the time-space continuum and bring something from the future to the present," says singer-guitarist Annie Clark. "These are the songs I would play if I was invited to a dinner party on the moon. I'm imagining all the artists floating a little bit." How St. Vincent turned naked walks and Ambien trips into her new album 1. "Everyone's Gone to the Moon" (Nina Simone, 1969) This is such a great, funny, poignant song. She sounds like she's ...  | More »

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