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Ronnie James Dio was weeks away from going to his death bed from an already encroaching stomach cancer when he did this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fTPS9rHrLk

Career-defining performance. His voice is still crisp and smooth. Goddamn. You can see the pain in his face though. Barely able to stand backstage before he came out.

This was in his 52nd and final year as a professional musician. Got his start in doo-wap bands in the 50s. They guy was no fucking joke and is still the definitive singer of Black Sabbath.

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17 years ago, Refused released a genre-defining album and then promptly disbanded.

Now they're finally back and their new song fucking rips:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRMXTvsCBwQ

Same energy I felt when I first saw/heard this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkAe30aEG5c

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I'm gonna play Kanye West for a second here guys...

So, not that the Grammys have ever had too much credibility when it comes to awarding musical excellence, but last night, Taylor Swift, easily the weakest nominee, won "album of the year" beating one of the most powerful and important albums of the decade.  Kind of a bummer.

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I'm gonna play Kanye West for a second here guys...

So, not that the Grammys have ever had too much credibility when it comes to awarding musical excellence, but last night, Taylor Swift, easily the weakest nominee, won "album of the year" beating one of the most powerful and important albums of the decade.  Kind of a bummer.

I've looked at the list and can't find one that I would think would be deemed important.

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For me?  'To Pimp A Butterfly', if only for its top notch musicality combining hip-hop with funk and jazz, politically-sharp- if not revolutionary -lyricism, and of course the show stopping and seamless fadeout track featuring Lamar casually conversing with a long deceased Rap legend.  Listening to it all the through is truly a trip and it's as strong of a hip hop album as we've had in recent memory.

But nah, let's give it to the poppy 'Shake it Off' album.

EDIT: On the other hand, we got this fiery live performance from Kendrick: https://streamable.com/nz4k

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Yeah, mainstream hip hop dipped for sure with some truly terrible lyricists taking the spotlight.  But I'll be damned if Kendrick Lamar isn't putting out some of the best music the genre's seen since the 90's.  He's so good it's almost surprising he's gone mainstream.  good kid, m.A.A.d city is a fantastic and absorbing story album, and then there's TPAB which is honestly a masterpiece, even if you have no interest in hip hop it's worth at least one listen through, if nothing else but for it's cultural relevance.

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3 hours ago, Professor said:

Just realized that every time I buy new headphones (which happens way too often), the first thing I listen to is God Hates Us All by Slayer.

 

 

Their last great album.

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