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    James Brown, Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (1965)

    James Brown, Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud (1968)

    The Meters, The Meters (1969)

    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin (1969)

    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II (1969)

    Curtis Mayfield, Curtis (1970)

    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin III (1970)

    Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

    Aretha Franklin, Young, Gifted and Black (1972)

    The Jimmy Castor Bunch, It's Just Begun (1972)

    Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, I Miss You (1972)

    Led Zeppelin, Houses of the Holy (1973)

    Stevie Wonder, Innervisions (1973)

    The Beat (aka The English Beat), I Just Can't Stop It (1980)

    The Beat (aka The English Beat), Wha'ppen (1981)

    The Beat (aka The English Beat), Special Beat Service (1981)

    LL Cool J, Radio (1985)

    Marley Marl, In Control (1988)

    Main Source, Breaking Atoms (1990)

    Gang Starr, Step in the Arena (1991)

    Dr. Dre, The Chronic (1992)

    Nas, Illmatic (1994)

    50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003)

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