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Dawn Richard, aka D∆WN, evolved from her membership in Danity Kane to become one of the more progressive forces in artful left-field pop and R&B. Prior to mainstream visibility, the New Orleans, Louisiana native -- the daughter of Chocolate Milk percussionist and vocalist Frank Richard -- recorded as Dawn Angeliqué. The independently released contemporary R&B album Been a While (2005), produced while the singer was attending the University of New Orleans and working as a cheerleader for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets, was released around the time she made her first appearance on Making the Band 3. The third edition of that reality series produced Danity Kane, a group that released two Billboard 200-topping albums, Danity Kane (2006) and Welcome to the Dollhouse (2008), prior to splitting. Then, along with Diddy and Kalenna Harper, Richard became one-third of Diddy-Dirty Money, a short-lived group that debuted in 2009, released an album (2010's Last Train to Paris), and then a mixtape (2011's Love Love vs. Hate Love) prior to ending in 2012. Richard continued a solo career that developed during and after the split, reunion, and second split of Danity Kane. Her self-released material was progressive and often conceptual, willfully oblivious to genre restrictions as it twisted R&B, pop, and electronic music with emotive and frequently thrilling results. The Prelude to a Telltale Heart (2011), a mixtape, and Armor On (2012), an EP, preceded her second official album, Goldenheart (2013). Part two of her "heart" trilogy, Blackheart (2015), went farther out and topped Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. Short-form releases for the Fade to Mind and Local Action labels preceded her fourth proper album, Redemption (2016). ~ Andy Kellman
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  3.   86 by Andrew "Druski" Scott
  4.   Honest
  5.   Paint It Blue
  6.   The Louvre
  7.   Heaven
  8.   Hey Nikki
  9.   Vines (Interlude)
  10.   Renegades
  11.   Love Under Lights
  12.   Baptize
  13.   How I Get It
  14.   Wake Up
  15.   Titans (Interlude)
  16.   Blow
  17.   Wynter
  18.   Faith
  19.   Northern Lights by Andrew "Druski" Scott
  20.   Hurricane
  21.   Black Lipstick
  22.   Valhalla (Outro)
  23.   Tyrants
  24.   Lazarus
  25.   Voices
  26.   Redemption (Intro)
  27.   The Deep
  28.   Choices
  29.   Phoenix by Aundrea Fimbres
  30.   Castles
  31.   Warriors
  32.   Swim Free
  33.   Adderall/Sold (Outerlude)
  34.   Save Me from U
  35.   And the Bells
  36.   Goldenheart
  37.   [300] by Andrew "Druski" Scott
  38.   Break of Dawn by Andrew "Druski" Scott
  39.   In Your Eyes by Andrew "Druski" Scott
  40.   Ode To You by Andrew "Druski" Scott
  41.   Tug of War by The Fisticuffs
  42.   Warfaire by Andrew "Druski" Scott
  43.   Frequency by Andrew "Druski" Scott
  44.   Pretty Wicked Things by Andrew "Druski" Scott
  45.   Return of a Queen by Andrew "Druski" Scott
  46.   Outro: The Battle
  47.   Automatic
  48.   Change
  49.   Van Gogh
  50.   LA
  51.   Sands
  52.   Black Crimes
  53.   Blackheart (Outro)
  54.   Projection
  55.   December Sky
  56.   Whiteout
  57.   Levitate
  58.   Goliath by Andrew "Druski" Scott
  59.   Scripture
  60.   Bombs
  61.   Calypso
  62.   Gleaux featuring Andrew "Druski" Scott
  63.   Riot by Andrew "Druski" Scott
  64.   Intro: Call to Hearts
  65.   Interim (Interlude)
  66.   Billie Jean
  67.   Noir (Intro)
  68.   Intro (In the Hearts Tonight)

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