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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Edan

Introducing ‘Notes from Mr. Sandman‘ – a column slapping a spotlight on lyricists overlooked, under appreciated, or just plain criminally slept on. Or like a man named Nas once said, “I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” […]

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RIFF’d: Spoon’s ‘They Want My Soul’

Despite the adage, you can judge a book by its cover. Such as with Spoon‘s eighth studio album They Want My Soul, their first in four years. On it is an outstretched hand with a small cloud that is […]

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Ugandan Rapper’s Anti-Gay Comments Spark Outrage, UK Venues Cancel Shows

Ugandan rapper Bobi Wine defends anti-gay comments that caused two venues in England to bar him from performing by pairing this caption with a picture of himself aside Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Braggadocio and rap are two peas in one […]

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Notes From Mr. Sandman: Count Bass D

Introducing ‘Notes from Mr. Sandman‘ – a column slapping a spotlight on lyricists overlooked, under appreciated, or just plain criminally slept on. Or like a man named Nas once said, “I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” […]

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RIFF’d: Shabazz Palaces’ ‘Lese Majesty’

Shabazz Palaces had a tall order in front of them when approaching their sophomore album Lese Majesty. Riding in three years after the success of Black Up, the expectations were high. But like any true creative would attest to, the […]

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ICYMI: There is a Musical about Tonya Harding

Sad but true there is such a thing as a Tonya Harding musical and it’s exactly what you’d expect: crass, tacky and terribly intriguing. For those lucky enough not to remember the whole story it’s an unusual […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Miscues from Common’s ‘Nobody’s Smiling’

Common‘s tenth studio album Nobody’s Smiling is a project about Chicago told by someone who hasn’t walked the city’s streets or breathed the city’s air in a long long time. It’s a detached, misappropriation of […]

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The Weird Wide World of Al Yankovic: The Step-Father of Parody Returns

As an actor, singer, and comedian Weird Al Yankovic has seen and done just about everything. He’s poked fun at the King of Pop, starred in his own movie, and wrote a children’s book, all […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Cannibal Ox

Introducing ‘Notes from Mr. Sandman‘ – a column slapping a spotlight on lyricists overlooked, under appreciated, or just plain criminally slept on. Or like a man named Nas once said, “I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” […]

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Drake Settles with YG Over ‘Borrowed’ Lyrics

Depending on what side of the coin you land on Drake can either be a generation’s misunderstood genius or a clueless meatball born with a silver spoon in his ass. You can’t mention him without […]

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About Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.