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Best Solo Artist

SZA has long outgrown the need to be introduced as Kendrick Lamar's TDE labelmate. Her evolution from metaphorical songwriter to blunt wordsmith thrust her into the mainstream. Ctrl, SZA's debut album, released in June, soared to the third position on Billboard's album chart. She jolts the listener on the very......
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Best Solo Artist

SZA has long outgrown the need to be introduced as Kendrick Lamar's TDE labelmate. Her evolution from metaphorical songwriter to blunt wordsmith thrust her into the mainstream. Ctrl, SZA's debut album, released in June, soared to the third position on Billboard's album chart. She jolts the listener on the very......
Justified; Credit: Courtesy of the artist

Rapper Justified Has the Most Inspiring Story You've Ever Heard

Compton-raised artist Justified could be called a Christian rapper, but he grew up on Ice Cube and Tupac. Now living in Victorville, the 35-year-old emcee has released thirteen independent albums, containing tracks that vary from inspirational (“Hey Young World”) to socially conscious (“America”) to sexual (“Grind On Me”). He faced the greatest challenge of life......
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Tunnel Rats: Controversial Christian Rap Collective Turns 20

Twenty years ago, Dax Reynosa founded Tunnel Rats, a 13-member Christian rap collective based out of Whittier. The group featured minimalist boom-bap styles, lush, jazzy compositions, and scratch-laden music you could breakdance to. The album for which they're best known — 2001's Tunnel Vision — was a musical middle finger......