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Jazzmatazz: Zachary Breaux Lonnie Liston Smith Guru Roy Ayers
EMI Music
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Guru’s ‘Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1′ Turns 20

For many years, rappers have always sampled jazz music within their hip-hop productions. The late rapper Guru took it a step further and enlisted several prominent jazz musicians to back him up on his bellwether album, 'Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1.'

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Terence Trent D'Arby Symphony or Damn
Columbia
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Terence Trent D’Arby’s ‘Symphony or Damn’ Turns 20

On May 11, 1993, Terence Trent D'Arby released his masterful third album, 'Symphony or Damn.' In a perfect world, this genre-blending record would have cemented D'Arby's popularity and status as a musical alchemist worthy of comparisons to Prince.

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Prince Lovesexy
Warner Brothers
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Prince’s ‘Lovesexy’ Turns 25

On May 10, 1988, Prince won a personal battle between good and evil with the release of his 10th album, 'Lovesexy.' Unfortunately, he lost much of the record-buying public in the process.

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theisleybrothers
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The Isley Brothers’ ‘Body Kiss’ Turns 10

The Isley Brothers are timeless. Their catalog holds a range of soul classics from 1959 to 2006, giving them at least three generations of music fans.

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Vince Bucci, Getty Images
Vince Bucci, Getty Images
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Run-DMC’s ‘Down With the King’ Remembered 20 Years Later

'Down With the King' was the end of a decade-long reign by the legendary hip-hop trio Run-DMC.

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Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Def Jam
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Public Enemy’s ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’ Turns 25

On April 14, 1988, Public Enemy unleashed their second album, a dense, dizzying masterpiece of social outrage entitled 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.'

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Bob Marley
Gary Merrin, Getty Images
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Bob Marley’s Classic Album, ‘Catch a Fire,’ Turns 40

Bob Marley and the Wailers' seminal album, 'Catch a Fire,' which made them international superstars, debuted in the marketplace on April 13, 1973. Forty years later, it's still remembered as one of the greatest reggae albums ever made.

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Aretha Franklin In Concert
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Aretha Franklin’s ‘Almighty Fire’ Remembered 35 Years Later

Aretha Franklin had collected 10 Grammys, scored seven No. 1 albums and was crowned ‘The Queen of Soul’ before she released the ‘Almighty Fire’ LP on April 13, 1978. Today marks the 35th anniversary of the power singer’s 25th album.

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Amazon
Amazon
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Mobb Deep’s ‘Juvenile Hell’ Turns 20

"Our rap comes from the streets," exclaimed Havoc, one half of Queens-bred hardcore rap duo Mobb Deep, in a 1995 TV interview. "It's about reality -- straight up."

You couldn't help but believe him, either. Two years earlier, on April 13, he and his longtime sidekick, Prodigy, released 'Juvenile Hell' -- a debut LP of bat-toting, nerve-shaking tracks that all but drowned their predecessors in pools of dark truths and nihilistic attitude.

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Prince For You
Warner Brothers
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Prince’s First Album, ‘For You,’ Turns 35

On April 7, 1978, Prince released his first record, 'For You.' The boldly prophetic lyrics of the opening a cappella title track made it quite clear that this 19-year-old "one-man band" sensation planned to stick around for a long time:

"All of this and more is for you / With love, sincerity and deepest care / My life with you I share."

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