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Tuesday Reviewsday: Mr. Bigz, Outkast and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

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It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday our weekly new music segment. This week, Oliver Wang of Soul-Sides.com drops by with his three picks of the week. 

Oliver's Picks: 

Outkast are back! They haven't had a new release since 2005, and we still don't have a new album, but they'll be reuniting to play at Coachella this year. Actually, they'll be appearing at more than 40 festivals over the course of 2014. 

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings do have a new record titled "Give The People What They Want". It's all about the retro feel with this band. They've been putting out albums since 1994, but Sharon's musical history goes back to the late '70s, when she had a brief moment in the spotlight as a singer. When she faded, she eventually became a corrections officer and was rediscovered by the owner of a record label who helped her release new music. 

This most recent album was supposed to come out last summer, but Sharon Jones was diagnosed with stage two pancreatic cancer, making it difficult to finish. She wrapped up chemo and her cancer seems to be in remission and the album has finally come out. 

Mr. Bigz — AKA the Flygerian -—out of the UK. He's built a reputation for himself in the UK hip hop scene. This newest album "My Funked Up Soul" features smooth rhymes and classic 70s slow james as backing music. Download the album for free here.

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