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In a poignant detour from their usual firestorm of bars, Killer Mike and El-P stand on the precipice, staring into an uncertain future. They see a world filled with injustice and indoctrination - and respond with vehement defiance, compassion and hope.

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Q.U.E.E.N.

An unbelievably funky number continuing Janelle Monáe's ongoing celebration of nonconformist culture, especially among marginalised groups. First it gets you moving, then it gets you thinking.

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Hold Up

Suspecting her partner of infidelity, Beyoncé responds with venom, defiance and spurned pride. A bright, Caribbean-tinged instrumental does little to disguise the scornful anger bubbling just beneath the surface.

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Victorious

A gloriously overdramatic album opener exploring a sense of triumph and fighting spirit in which Brendon Urie delivers a typically spectacular vocal performance. The punchy instrumentation is bursting with built-up energy.

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Monument

A sweeping electro-jazz epic underlies haunting poetry about the nature of meaning, art and legacy. Consisting of several movements, this is a truly incredible piece of music from a true pop virtuosa and veteran producers.

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Paranoia

A woozy, restless instrumental underscores Chance The Rapper's heartbreak at the crime and death surrounding him in Chicago. He laments the effect of violence on the psyche and his bitterness towards those who turn a blind eye.

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Monster

Two rap titans and an impressive newcomer snarl over a foreboding beat. Kanye West is sneering and dismissive, Jay Z cold and calculating; Nicki Minaj is unhinged. They are ruthless. Hungry for power. The song explores success and arrogance through the metaphors of violence and insanity.

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