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Jay-Z and Kanye Prove They are Rap's Best Tag-Team on 'Otis'

Also: Stream new music by R. Kelly and Britney Spears, Fountain of Wayne, Little Dragon, the White Stripes and Mumford & Sons

July 26, 2011 12:00 PM ET
Jay-Z/Kanye "Otis"

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Simon Vozick-Levinson praises Jay-Z and Kanye West's new single "Otis," which he says proves once again that "they're one of rap's all-time great tag teams." Also, Will Hermes gives a thumbs up to R. Kelly's remix of Britney Spears' hit "Til the World End," in which the singer declares himself to be "Mr. Sex Addiction," and Jody Rosen digs Fountains of Wayne's rootsy new album Sky Full of Holes, a disc rich with clever punchlines and deep epiphanies. Hermes also praises Little Dragon's third album Ritual Union, an excellent collection of "abstract R&B" and "futuristic soul."

SINGLES

Jay-Z and Kanye West "Otis" (stream)

Britney Spears featuring R. Kelly "Til the World Ends (Remix)" (stream)

Mumford & Sons "Untitled" (stream)

Cobra Starship "You Make Me Feel…" (stream)

The White Stripes "I've Been Loving You Too Long" / "Signed D.C." (stream)

ALBUMS

Dolly Parton - Better Day (stream one song)

Fountains of Wayne - Sky Full of Holes (stream one song)

Little Dragon - Ritual Union (stream two songs)

Eric Church - Chief (stream one song)

LAST WEEK: Red Hot Chili Peppers Embrace Their Strengths on New Single

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