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In her latest video, Lizzo takes cues from assorted bits of nostalgia — Jane Fonda workout tapes, Coming to America, QVC infomercials — and shades them with her singular, life-affirming zeal.

These are NPR Music’s picks for the top 10 R&B projects — not restricted by gender — that are leading the vanguard. Remember their names and watch the throne.

The music video for “Blaxploitation,” like the Chicago rapper’s sophomore album, Room 25, is jam-packed with metaphor and symbolism.


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