These days, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of new music out there.

Knowing where to even get started can be a tricky task. No matter what your taste, you'll quickly find that for every reliable source of dope music, there will be a hundred unreliable ones. Based on recs from music critics or even your uncle's Facebook page, you've undoubtedly clicked on some new music and later wished you'd gotten that three minutes of your life back.

But being a music fan isn't just about having your tastes thrown back at you anyway. Sometimes, you want to know what everyone else is talking about. You don't have to love the new Jay-Z album to want to hear it and dissect his lines.

TenDeep, which we'll publish at the end of every month, is not a column intended to tell you what the "best" records of the month are (although sometimes it will). Nor will we solely cover the 10 most-publicized records of a given month.

Instead, our goal is to center the discussion. We want to cover a mix of the most talked-about records and some that deserve more attention, to give people an idea of what new music matters most in the Complex world.

Written by David Drake (@somanyshrimp), Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin), Dave Bry (@davebry9), Ross Scarano (@RossScarano), khal (@khal), and Jacob Moore (@PigsAndPlans)

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