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DJ and producer Stevie Johnson recently completed his PhD at the University of Oklahoma in higher education administration focusing on the experiences of black men at historically white colleges. In addition to a traditional written dissertation, he created a Hip-Hop album called “Curriculum of the Mind.”

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The gorgeous harmonies of “Our Prayer” open what should have been the follow-up to the 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds, but Capitol Records eventually shelved the SMiLE project as Brian Wilson’s mental health deteriorated and the music grew weirder.

Spencer Livingston-Gainey fronts the Norman-based rap trio Hi-PoP!