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Big Boi, the Roots, Rick Ross, FOE & Whygee dominate our playlists this week

Big Boi, shown here at this past weekend's Pitchfork Festival, dominated our playlists.
Big Boi, shown here at this past weekend's Pitchfork Festival, dominated our playlists.
Jason Stoff

As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of all the things we're listening to this week.

This week, out of 115 total picks there was some clear critical consensus among us, as new releases from Big Boi, the Roots, Rick Ross and FOE & Whygee all appeared on multiple lists. This week, we also welcome the newest additions to our growing Backbeat family, Bree Davies, Rachel Romero, Nicole Cormier and D. Williams. See our top spins and feel free to weigh in with picks of your own after the jump.

MARK BLIESENER

Cody Crump - New Acousticish CD

The Beach Boys -"Girl Don't Tell Me"

Yolanda Be Cool- "We Speak No Americano"

MIA - "XXXO"

The Dead Weather - "So Far From Your Weapon"

CHRIS CALLAWAY

Argent - The Best of Argent - An Anthology

Toad the Wet Sprocket - Dulcinea

Toad the Wet Sprocket - Coil

Sloan (various songs)

The Alarm - Strength

CORY CASCIATO

LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening

Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster

Zeno - Red Dragon Mix

Zeno - Cosmic

Hedwig & the Angry Inch - Movie OST

NICOLE CORMIER

The Roots - How I Got Over

Shortbus - Friendly Fire

Cysko Rokwel - Some Serious Gourmet Shit

Ghostface - Fishscale

Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot the Son of Chico Dusty

BREE DAVIES

Big Black - Songs About Fucking

DJ Khaled feat. Ludacris, T-Pain, Rick Ross, Victory - "All I Do is Win"

Nirvana - "Rape Me"

Drake feat. Jay-Z, Lil' Wayne - "Light Up" (Riker's Remix)

Forest World - "Jodie Jensen MMX"

BRIAN FREDERICK

The Roots - How I Got Over

Della - Della

Zero 7 - The Best of Zero 7

Foals - Total LIfe Forever

Pennywise - Unknown Road

ADAM GOLDSTEIN

Menomena - "Wet and Rusting"

Louis Armstrong - "Blue Turning Grey Over You"

Cannonball Adderly - "Sabbath Prayer"

The National - High Violet

Neil Young - "A Man Needs A Maid"

JASON HELLER

Coliseum - House With a Curse

Billy Bragg - Workers Playtime

Blonde Redhead - Penny Sparkle

The Goodnight Loving - The Goodnight Loving Social Club

Lone Justice - Lone Justice

DAVE HERRERA

Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot the Son of Chico Dusty

The Roots - How I Got Over

Rick Ross - Teflon Don

Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul

King Foe & Whygee - Take a Bite Out of Dispensary Music EP

JACINTA HOWARD

Rick Ross featuring TI, Jadakiss, Erykah Badu - "Maybach Music 3"

Hollyweerd - Edible Phat 2.0

Big KRIT - "Hometown Music"

K-Rino - Blood Doctrine

Scarface - "Dopeman Music"

NICK HUTCHINSON

Stone River Boys - Love on the Dial

Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere - Midnight Flyer

Van Morrison - Bang Masters

Otis Redding & His Orchestra - Live on the Sunset Strip

Charlie Daniels - Fire on the Mountain

RU JOHNSON

Bone Thugs N' Harmony - Creepin On Ah Come Up

Cee-Lo - Stray Bullets

Likwuid - Champagne and Gummy Bears

Isolated Generation - Dim Flashlights

Dam Funk - Toeachizown

THORIN KLOSOWSKI

Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot the Son of Chico Dusty

The Books - The Way Out

Brian Wilson - Smile

Bongo Fury - True That Spirit Level

Wipers - Box Set

TOM MURPHY

Brian Jonestown Massacre - Give It Back

Radio Berlin - Glass

The Silver Cord - Hate

Slowness - Slowness

Twice Wilted - Ice Hex Fix

ADAM PERRY

Danzig - "How the Gods Kill"

Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record

Neil Young - Reactor

Patsy Cline - "Back in Baby's Arms"

18 Switchbacks - EP

RACHEL ROMERO

The Roots - How I Got Over

Freeway & Jake One - The Stimulus Package

Donnis - The Invitation

Major Lazer & La Roux - Lazerproof

WhyGee & F.O.E. - Take a Bite Out of Dispensary Music EP

DUTCH SEYFARTH

The Heavy Pets - Rock With Me

Mechanical Dan - Mechanical Dan

Zach Heckendorf - Live at Film on the Rocks 2010

Tickle Me Pink - Strange Life

Nautical Mile - Wayward

KYLE SMITH

Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues

Talking Heads - Fear of Music

Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

JON SOLOMON

Mark Mallman - Invincible Criminal

The Clash - London Calling

Bill Frisell - Go West: Music for the Films of Buster Keaton

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

AMBER TAUFEN

Dieselboy - Project Human

Zero 7 - The Garden

Dilated Peoples - Neighborhood Watch

Mark Farina - Mushroom Jazz 3 & 4

Daft Punk - Homework

ANDY THOMAS

Dark, Dark, Dark - Bright, Bright, Bright

Paper Bird - When the River Took Flight

Pepper Rabbit - Clicks/Shakes

The Riot Before - Rebellion

Joe Pug - In the Meantime

SHAWN WHITE

Drizabone Soul Family - I Fell Apart

Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot the Son of Chico Dusty

DJ Center - You Got The Love

Rick Ross ft. Erykah Badu, T.I. and Jadakiss - Maybach Music III

Cookin' Soul ft. Jay-Z, Quincy Jones & Weezy - Summertime in Brooklyn

D. WILLIAMS

Eminem/Rihanna - Love the Way You Live

The Cool eMCee's - Funky Song

The Roots - Dear God 2.0

The D the Man Project - Sugarpie (honeybunch)

Flobots - By the Time You Get This Message