He dropped a new album, headlined Coachella and he recently announced summer tour dates. Kendrick Lamar is the man of the hour and while his new album, Damn is fire, some of his best features were not on any of his albums. Take a look at the five best Kendrick Lamar appearances that aren't on Kendrick Lamar albums:
5. “The Heart Part IV”
Taking aim at everyone from Donald Trump to Drake, “The Heart Part IV” can probably be counted amongst Kendrick’s most vicious tracks. Although it didn’t make the cut for DAMN., “The Heart Part IV” foreshadows the breakneck beat switches that ended up on album standouts like “DNA.” The lyrics ditch Lamar’s typical introspection and go straight for the jugular, using some phenomenal analogies. For instance, this take on the famous Russel Westbrook/Kevin Durant saga (which supposedly references Lamar’s relationship with Drake): [“You jumped sides on me, now you ‘bout to meet Westbrook/Go celebrate with your team and let victory vouch you/Just know the next game played I might slap the ___ out you.”]
4. “Never Catch Me” from Flying Lotus’ You’re Dead!
When Lamar collaborated with Instrumental Hip-Hop’s resident weirdo Flying Lotus, the producer said the following to Pitchfork:
“I appreciate that space when I can sit with the artist and really see how their genius works, and Kendrick is that guy. He’s a visionary thinker. Every time he raps on a song, he raps like I wish I could.”
At the time of that interview, Flying Lotus stated that the two collaborated on 12 or 13 tracks. Two were stated to appear on You’re Dead!, but one was axed for “political reasons.” The remaining number, “Never Catch Me,” is certainly the most abstract song Kendrick Lamar is featured on, but he rides the virtuosic synths and pounding bass drums marvelously while musing about mortality. Few artists have bridged the gap between the avant-garde and the mainstream so well.
3. “Black Friday”
Initially released as a taste of the Kendrick Lamar/J Cole collaborative album that doesn’t appear to be coming out anymore (or at least any time soon), “Black Friday,” like “The Heart Part IV,” was released as a surprise stand-alone single on Black Friday of 2015 and showcases Lamar rapping over the beat from J Cole’s song of the same name. The verses continue Lamar’s Tupac fascination from To Pimp a Butterfly (that album’s closing track, “Mortal Man” has an “interview” between Lamar and Tupac, spliced together from old Tupac clips) while simultaneously critiquing a Billboard list of the “10 Greatest Rappers of All Time” that famously omitted Tupac (but listed Lamar as #9) [“Billboard list need Tupac, damn/But number 9 makes sure he lives on, yeah”]
Black Friday is one of Lamar’s most technical pieces – packed to the brim with pop culture references and quick snaps into doubletime.
2. “Freedom” from Beyonce’s Lemonade
Easily the most anthemic of the songs on Beyonce’s Lemonade, “Freedom” is given a mighty assist from Lamar. His appearance isn’t even really a rap verse in the traditional sense of the word and he’s in and out of the song in under a minute. Lamar even steps out of his comfort zone and goes full on rock and roll in the last couple seconds of his appearance.
The lyrical content is full of Civil Rights-era allusions and fans over at Genius have myriad theories on how Kendrick’s verse (again) is chock full of Tupac references.
1. Big Sean’s “Control”
For never having an official release, “Control” sent shockwaves through hip-hop in 2013 and it’s safe to say that the uproar was caused solely by Kendrick Lamar’s verse. Lamar, who is from Compton, calls himself the “king of New York,” and calls out several rappers, by name, and says he’ll “murder” them (metaphorically of course). Although “beef” may be common in the genre, the industry standard is to “ghost,” or simply skate around the issue. Funnily enough, a mention in the song later became somewhat of a badge of honor and most had the grace to not even respond (excepting Mac Miller). Meanwhile, responding if you weren’t mentioned was seen as kind of gaudy and desperate.
Perhaps the greatest part of “Control” is that it perfectly embodies Lamar’s public persona. The rapper who was invited to the White House by former President Obama, who released a line of shoes with Adidas that incorporate the colors of both the Bloods and the Crips, who has low key donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Compton school system, and who doesn’t appear to drink or smoke, elevates the genre by both pushing it forward and harkening back to the bravado of its heyday. Put simply, “Control” is about being the best you can be. It’s about ambition and competition for the sake of bettering oneself.
It’s easy to forget that “Control” is a Big Sean song that was slated to appear on his sophomore album, Hall of Fame, as Lamar’s appearance is so prolific and all-encompassing. The track was cut from the album due to sample licensing issues.
Written by Eugene
Reunited and It Feels So Good: The Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff are Back, Plus Other Reunions We'd Like to See
Will Smith, aka the Fresh Prince, teased a reunion tour with DJ Jazzy Jeff back in 2015 and now it seems there may be a glimmer of hope that the tour might actually come to fruition. On his Facebook page, Will Smith shared a video announcing the return of the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff to the stage at two festivals this summer overseas.
The duo spurred hits such as “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble”, “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and “Summertime” in the 80’s and early 90’s. The pair won the first ever Grammy for Best Rap Performance in 1989 and would go on to win again in 1992. Jeffrey Townes (Jazzy Jeff) and Smith would go on to star side by side in the NBC hit comedy, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air which ran for six seasons ending in 1996. Since then Smith went on to release music as a solo rapper and star in blockbuster movies.
This reunion tour, if it were to happen, will be unique in the sense that the pair never actually toured together during the height of their popularity. Here's hoping the DJ and the rapper don't stop after these two dates and hit up a few cities in North America!
While on the topic of reunions there are a few tours that fans around the globe would love to see:
No Doubt – Gwen Stefani has found new popularity, and love, on the set of NBC’s hit TV singing competition, The Voice and now may be as good a time as any for her to reunite with the band that launched her career in the 90s. But in 2016 the band, sans Stefani, started a second band (a “side project” as she referred to it on Jimmy Kimmel) with AFI’s Davey Havok called DREAMCAR. DREAMCAR released their first song “Kill for Candy” in March of this year, performed at Coachella and their self-titled album will be available on May 12th but if you ask them, this is not a replacement of No Doubt. Maybe once DREAMCAR tours as themselves, Stefani can link back up with them and reform No Doubt.
Oasis – Today probably isn’t going to be the day, but fans would love to see Oasis back on stage together. The band split up in 2009. They did release a documentary, Supersonic in 2016 however as of now that seems to be the closest thing we’re going to get. Though last year Liam Gallagher was quoted as saying “I don’t think we should have ever split up in the first place” he and his brother, Noel have quite a few bridges to mend before Oasis will be on stage together.
Led Zeppelin – The stage was set in 2007. Led Zeppelin had rehearsed for months, they were playing one night at the O2 Arena in London, but surely there were to be more, right? WRONG! Months were spent rehearsing for what turned out to be a one-night-only reunion of one of the biggest bands in rock history. Since then fans have been wondering what could have been. Now with the 50th anniversary of the band on the horizon, new found rumors of reunion performances have started. Robert Plant’s website simply says “Any time now…” but what does it mean??
‘N Sync – Well this one goes without saying in the world of pop culture. Justin, Chris, Joey, Lance and JC have “reunited” a few times for out of the spotlight, we’re still friends who hang out reasons. But the only “performance” they have given us in the 15 years since they went on a “hiatus” was the 90 seconds of bliss during Justin’s acceptance of the MTV Video Vanguard Award in 2013. With New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys consistently releasing new music and touring, it has been hard for an ‘N sync fan to cling to group photos at birthday parties. The group is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, could they do us all a favor and sing a little acapella as their acceptance speech?
Written by Kristen
Former members of seminal Prog rockers Yes have announced a summer/fall tour as “Yes featuring Anderson, Wakeman, and Rabin,” leading to some confusion amongst fans as the official Yes will also be on tour this summer on a trek they’ve dubbed Yestival, which also features Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy and Todd Rudgren.
Anderson, Wakeman and Rabin have been previously touring under the moniker ARW.
Although the rift isn’t as contentious as it might seem – official Yes’ Steve Howe did acknowledge that because former vocalist Jon Anderson owns part of the trademark, he’s allowed to use the name and the two iterations performed together at their 2017 induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Howe did strike back at the tour announcement on Facebook:
“While Jon Anderson has rights to use the name as one of the co-owners of the trademark, Yes’ position in that every effort should be made by promoters, ticket agencies and all involved to respect Yes’ magnificent and loyal fan base and minimize confusion regarding the use of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman.”
Like a pair of divorcees with joint custody, the two Yes iterations have always remained civil enough with each other. In 1991, the Rabin-led “pop” version of Yes reunited with the classic “prog” version for Union, a studio album that was panned by both fans and critics.
Judging by the two groups collaborative performance at the Rock Hall and the official Yes’ renewed emphasis on classic albums while touring (particularly those featuring both Anderson and Wakeman), fans have been speculating about another Union-type tour or album. “Reinventing the Union tour is not a concept that anyone from either Yes or ARW have endorsed,” Howe said during a fan Q&A in March, “As far as I understand, ARW aren’t really interested, and we’re most probably not either.”
In a statement announcing the name change, Anderson said “It’s very simple. The fans want it, we want it and it’s our right to use the name. Yes music is in our DNA!”
It’s unclear which group has more validity to the Yes name in fans’ eyes. The only original member of the group in either line-up is Jon Anderson. However, the only member to remain with Yes through all 20+ of their line-up changes was Chris Squire, who died in 2015, leaving the official Yes to be led by Steve Howe, who isn’t an original member, but very much a member of the “classic” line-up that released Fragile, Close to the Edge, Tales from Topographic Oceans, Relayer, etc.
On a similar level of reverence is Wakeman, who’s the band’s most name-recognizable keyboardist. On the other hand, Trevor Rabin is seen as a much more divisive figure. Rabin replaced Howe after Yes dissolved and reformed in the early 80s and is associated with their “pop” phase. However, Rabin’s debut, 90125, is Yes’ highest charting album of all time and he is the primary writer behind their biggest hit, “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” Despite drawing the ire of purist fans, there’s no denying that Rabin is a key part of Yes’ history. There’s also Alan White, part of the official version, who has played drums on every Yes album since “classic member” Bill Bruford left to join King Crimson in 1972 and has played on many classics in his own right.
If nothing else, fans will be able to see a fantastic amount of the band’s history between the two tours, which is quite unusual for bands nearing their 50th (!) anniversary.
Lady Gaga Instagramed a picture of her and her A Star is Born co-star and director, Bradly Cooper filming scenes while at Coachella’s first weekend. While this won’t be Lady Gaga’s first turn in a full length motion picture (she had roles in 2013’s Machete Kills, 2014’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and played herself in Muppets Most Wanted) this will be her first big-screen staring role. Last year, Gaga got a real taste for being seen as an esteemed actress when she received a Golden Globe for her part in the TV series, American Horror Story.
Lady Gaga, who will be credited as Stefani Germanotta in A Star is Born is not the first singer to try and hit it big on the big screen there are plenty of musicians who have conquered both worlds.
Cher – “Snap out of it!” Cher is an Academy Award winner and also an acclaimed singer. She released her first album in 1965 and appeared in a slew of movies in the 80’s and 90’s including, Silkwood, Mask, The Witches of Eastwick, Moonstruck, and Mermaids. She never stopped releasing music, churning out hit after hit through six decades! Songs include, “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”, “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves”, “Half-Breed”, “If I Could Turn Back Time”, and “Believe”. Cher most recently announced residencies in both Las Vegas and Washington, DC.
Will Smith – Before he was saving the world from alien invasions he was complaining about how “Parents Just Don’t Understand” with DJ Jazzy Jeff. The duo would then transition on to the small screen for the TV-series Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Will Smith soon became a mega-movie star and an Oscar nominated actor. Taking roles in Bad Boys, Independence Day, Men in Black, Ali, Hitch, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, Concussion and Suicide Squad. His post actor, solo music career continued to spin top-ten hits, like “Men in Black”, “Getting’ Jiggy Wit It”, “Wild Wild West”, and “Switch”. There is an on-going rumor that Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff will hit the road together again though dates have not yet been announced. As far as the big screen goes, Smith can next be seen in Bright.
Jennifer Lopez – She technically started out as a Fly Girl on the hit TV series In Living Color and had roles in TV series and in movies (even starring as Selena in the biopic of the same name) before dropping her album On the 6 in 1999 but once her music career took off, her film career seemed to do the same. In 2001 Lopez had the number movie, The Wedding Planner and number one album J.LO in the same week. She has since gone on to star in such movies as Maid in Manhattan, Shall We Dance, Monster-in-Law, and lent her voice for Ice Age: Continental Drift and Home. On the music side of things she released This Is Me…Then, Rebirth, Brave, Love? and A.K.A. She can currently be seen on the small screen in the drama Shades of Blue and in Las Vegas for her residency "All I Have".
Justin Timberlake – He may have known what it was like to be on the small screen as a pre-teen in Disney’s The New Mickey Mouse Club (MMC for short) but JT was a bona-fide popstar before he took his first role in a major motion picture. Taking parts in Edison, Alpha Dog, Southland Tales, Black Snake Moan and The Love Guru, Timberlake really got his feet wet before playing his largest role in The Social Network. He then took on leading roles in 2011’s Friends with Benefits and In Time. Of course he didn’t stop the music as he released FutureSex LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience parts 1 & 2. Justin Timberlake will next been seen on the big screen alongside Kate Winselt in Woody Allen’s, Wonder Wheel.
Written by Kristen
This week Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast (finally) hits theaters. Movie goers have been able to purchase tickets since Valentine’s Day and big box office numbers are expected. The trailer, in a word, looks epic. It is pure Disney magic and for many reminds them of a simpler time. Who else went to the movies for the first time to see the cartoon version?
With the new movie comes a new soundtrack and this one is not for the faint of heart. John Legend and Ariana Grande take on Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson’s title track, “Beauty and the Beast”. Dion is back for an all-new song titled “How Does a Moment Last Forever”, add in a little Josh Grobon on yet another new song, “Evermore” plus all of the original songs from the cartoon featuring the movie’s stars, Emma Watson, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson and Ian McKellen and you’ve got yourself one heck of a soundtrack!
Disney has a track record of having stellar soundtracks featuring big name stars. Most recently Moana featured Lin-Manuel Miranada and Alessia Cara. One can’t forget Frozen’s soundtrack that had both Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato sing “Let It Go” – two very different takes on one phenomenal song! Menzel’s version made it all the way to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Looking back to 1999, Phil Collins composed the Tarzan soundtrack, and fun fact, *N SYNC was featured on one song titled, “Trashin the Camp”. That year, Collins’ song “You’ll Be in My Heart”, peaked at 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In 1998, before she was a “Genie in a Bottle”, Christina Aguilera sang “Reflection” on the Mulan soundtrack. Also on the soundtrack? 98 Degrees and Stevie Wonder. The boyband and Wonder sang together on “True to Your Heart”. It is also worth mentioning Donny Osmond sang “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” on the soundtrack as well as in the film, splitting voice duties with B.D. Wong for the character, Shang.
1994’s hit movie, The Lion King featuring “The Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” had Elton John at the helm of the soundtrack. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” also made its way up the Billboard Hot 100 chart peaking at number 4. That song, along with “The Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata” were all nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards that year with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” taking home the golden statue.
To get even more into the spirit of Beauty and the Beast, check out John Legend's and Ariana Grande's video for "Beauty and the Beast":
Speaking of that infamous golden statue, jumping ahead to the 2018 Academy Awards, it would be quite surprising if Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast was not nominated in more than a few categories.
Beauty and the Beast hits theaters nation wide, tomorrow!
Written by Kristen
Having performances included in the presidential Inauguration celebrations have been occurring for decades. Tomorrow night, Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down and Lee Greenwood are set to perform at the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” to kick off the 3-day Inauguration of Donald Trump. Friday, he will be joined on stage by the New York City Rockettes and 16 year old, America’s Got Talent contestant, Jackie Evancho. Evancho, who will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” is no stranger to presidential events having performed at the White House Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in 2010 and the National Prayer Breakfast in 2012.
The 1961 Inauguration for JFK Jr. was star studded with performances by Nat King Cole, Bette Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.
In 1965, a then new-comer, Barbra Streisand performed for Lyndon B. Johnson. She would later perform for George H.W. Bush at his Inauguration Gala in 1989 and then in 1993 for Bill Clinton.
Also in 1993? Michael Jackson performed as part of “We are the World” and had his own performance of “Heal the World” and “Gone Too Soon”. While the then broken up, Fleetwood Mac reunited to perform.
2017 performer, Lee Greenwood also took part in the Inauguration of George W. Bush in 2001 along with Beyoncé and her group, Destiny’s Child. The trio performed at “The Concert Celebrating America’s Youth”. Also on the bill? Ricky Martin, 98 Degrees and Jessica Simpson.
Beyoncé, would later go on to perform, solo, at Barack Obama’s two inaugurations; in 2009 she performed “At Last” for the first dance at the Ball and then sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Inauguration Day in 2013.
The Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony will take place at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST Friday, January 20, 2017.
Written by Kristen
She’s hit Broadway and is ready to “Spice Up Your Life”! Melanie Brown aka Scary Spice will celebrate her opening night as Roxie Hart in the smash-hit musical, Chicago today with the X-Factor judge performing through February 19, 2017. Brown follows in the footsteps of other famous singers who have taken a turn as Miss Hart; country singer, Jennifer Nettles and R&B sensation, Brandy Norwood have both played the role of the woman whose name is on everyone's lips.
Famous singers having a stint on Broadway is nothing new. Pop-stars Joey Fatone (Rent, Lilttle Shop of Horrors), Lance Bass (Hairspray), Ashley Parker Angel (Hairspray), Carly Rae Jepsen (Cinderella) and Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages) have each called the Great White Way home for a bit, while R&B legends Usher and Brian McKnight both starred as Roxie Hart’s lawyer, Billy Flynn in Chicago in 2006 and 2007 respectively. Back in 2003 it was Backstreet Boy, Kevin Richardson who encouraged Roxie to "give 'em the old Razzle, Dazzle".
Recently, Leona Lewis took part in the revival production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS and currently Josh Groban is on stage in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. This musical is based on a passage from War and Peace. You can catch the “You Raise Me Up” singer on stage until July of 2017.
The ‘Divine Miss M’, Bette Midler will star as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly alongside Frasier alum and Broadway vet, David Hyde Pierce. The show will begin previews on March 15, 2017 and officially open on April 20th at the Shubert Theatre.
Even if they aren’t starring in a role, some big name artists have tried their hand at using their music as the basis for an entire musical. Two popular musicals come to mind; Billy Joel’s Moving Out, nominated for Best Musical at the 2003 Tony Awards and Green Day’s American Idiot, nominated for Best Musical at the 2010 Tony Awards. The former telling a story using songs spanning Joel’s entire category, “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”, “Uptown Girl”, “Captain Jack”, and the title song “Movin’ Out” while the latter built a story using all of the songs off of Green Day's album American Idiot and a select few from their 21st Century Breakdown.
Who is next to head to Broadway? Back in March, Backstreet Boy, Brian Literell said he would love to have a Backstreet Boys musical come to life. He also prophesied about a Las Vegas residency which has since been confirmed so who knows, if he really wants it that way, maybe there will be a Backstreet Boys musical in the near future.
Written by Kristen
This week Stevie Wonder was honored with “Stevie Wonder Avenue” in Detroit, Michigan. The new ave. is one block long located on Milwaukee Avenue where Wonder lived for some time growing up. During the ceremony, he was also presented with a key to the city by Mayor Mike Duggan.
With his street naming, Stevie Wonder joins a long list of musicians who have been honored with streets named after them.
In New York, Part of 2nd Street near the former CBGB in Manhattan was renamed “Joey Ramone Place”. The block between Riverside Drive and West End Avenue is now known as “Miles Davis Way”. If you head over to Queens and you can travel on “Run DMC JMJ (Jam Master Jay) Way”.
Across the river in New Jersey, “Frank Sinatra Drive” is located in his hometown of Hoboken. Ol’ Blue Eyes also has a drive named after him in Rancho Mirage, California.
Sam Cooke and Buddy Guy each have a street named after them in Chicago.
Dave Grohl received his own Alley in Warren, Ohio along with the key to the city back in 2009. The alley located in Grohl’s hometown has since become covered with murals dedicated to the rocker.
Stevie Wonder and Dave Grohl being alive and well to celebrate their street naming is something Billy Joel most likely envies. For over a year now, the New York State Senate has been locked in a heated debate over naming part of Route 107 in Hicksville, Joel’s hometown in Long Island, after the “New York State of Mind” singer. While the disagreement isn’t if Joel is worthy of such an honor the disagreement is if someone who is alive is worthy of the honor. This topic even became banter for political campaings with canidates promosing to get the naming completed in their term.
I imagine if New York is able to rename the street after Joel while he is still alive he would put on quite the performance for the state he so notably loves. Billy Joel closed the Nassau Coliseum on August 4, 2015 and is set to open the new one in April of 2017. You can also catch Joel performing once a month at the famed Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.
Written by Kristen
Back in October, we told you who was nominated to be in the class of 2017, today The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced six artists for the Performer Category and one individual for the Award for Musical Excellence to be inducted in 2017.
The six artists are; Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, and Yes.
The Award for Musical Excellence is being given to Nile Rogers of the 11 time nominated band, Chic. Rogers has established himself as a powerhouse producer, producing hits such as Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl”, Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” and Diana Ross’ “Upside Down”. He was also featured on Daft Punk's mega hit "Get Lucky" in 2013.
Pearl Jam, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur are all on the roster after their first year of eligibility. Tupac Shakur will be the first ever solo, hip-hop artist to be inducted. Other hip-hop acts in the hall include Run DMC, The Beastie Boys and class of 2016’s NWA.
Pearl Jam and Journey along with Electric Light Orchestra and Yes are winners from the “Fan’s Ballot”. This ballot was comprised of the top five artists as voted on by the public via the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website.
The induction ceremony will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on April 7, 2017. An abbreviated version of the ceremony will air on HBO.
Written by Kristen
The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations were announced this morning by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame CEO, Joel Perseman and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt.
This year’s list includes an interesting mix from Janet Jackson to Kraftwerk to YES. Bands and artists are eligible to be nominated 25 years after the release of their first single or album. First time nominees include Pearl Jam, Journey and Tupac Shakur. Disco legends, Chic have been nominated for the 11th time.
The voting process will again include a “fan’s ballot” that will be comprised of the top five artists that receive the most votes from fans that go to www.rockhall.com/vote. Voting is already open and will remain until December 6th. This ballot plus the ballot of over 800 members of the music industry (including every living inductee) will be submitted and tallied with the induction ceremony set for April 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The full list of nominees:
Electric Light Orchestra
J. Geils Band
Who do you think should get into the elite class of music? Tell us in the comment section.
Written by Kristen
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