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Rage Against the Machine

XX (20th Anniversary Issue)

(Columbia/Legacy)

This new edition of Rage Against the Machine’s heavy-hitting 1992 album features re-mastered versions of the studio version and comes with the demo that preceded the album’s official release. Public Enemy’s Chuck D contributes the new liner notes.

Freeway

Diamond in the Ruff

(Babygrande)

Freeway isn’t a particularly smooth rapper (his rough vocals have plenty in common with Beanie Sigel) but he has a distinctive flow and his style has increasingly embraced an indie hip-hop aesthetic, as this album attests.

Luck: The Complete First Season

(HBO)

This HBO series about the cast of characters who hang out at an SoCal racetrack didn’t receive universal acclaim when it arrived on the cable station last year (and it’s not coming back for a second season) but its terrific cast (Nick Nolte, Dustin Hoffman) carries it.

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