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J. Cole Opens Up Another Conversation on Hip-Hop and Race with ‘Fire Squad’

Like Shangri-La or Xanadu, a post-racial world is nonexistent, a thing of pure fiction. And with each passing day it becomes ever more clear that our hopes of living in one is light years away. Hip-hop […]

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SONGLYRICS Presents: Lyricist of the Year – D’Angelo

As a late-comer to 2014, picking D’Angelo for an accolade like “Lyricist of the Year” might appear trendy, but with a close examination of Black Messiah it’s hard to make a case against it. He’s […]

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RIFF’d: Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’

Nicki Minaj‘s third studio album The Pinkprint is supposed to be a departure from her pop friendly persona, a chance to reacquaint herself with her modest roots, which means heavier on the grime and grit. The approach […]

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Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’ is Too Graphic For Rugby

The bond that fastens Tom Jones, death and rugby has apparently been tested over the past several weeks. Former Plaid Cymru president Dafydd Iwan called upon the Welsh Rugby Union to stop the longstanding tradition of […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Blu

LA based rapper Blu arrived just in the nick of time. The golden era had long passed and rap had slowly given way to gimmicks and lifestyles. Blu did not. His delivery is classic, combining the ruggedness of the east […]

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RIFF’d: Ghostface Killah’s ’36 Seasons’

Ghostface Killah‘s 11th studio album 36 Seasons couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. A Better Tomorrow was a disaster and Wu fans desperately needed a reason to believe again. For Ghostface – the first […]

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What We Learned From Killer Mike’s Op-Ed on Using Rap Lyrics in Courts

As rap and hip-hop culture has evolved – from its infancy on the corner of Cedar and Sedgwick to what it is today, a multibillion dollar industry with global sway - a startling trend has emerged. […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Haiku D’Etat

Haiku D’Etat was a short lived collaboration between veteran lyricists Aceyalone, Myka 9 and Abstract Rude. As solo artists they had already laid down an undercard legacy that molded the west coast hip-hop scene in […]

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RIFF’d: Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘A Better Tomorrow’

Wu-Tang is lovable by default. Their place in rap lore is so ingrained in the pop psyche that you don’t actually have to know a whole lot about them to be a fan. They’ve transcended, […]

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Eminem’s Not Really Apology to Iggy Azalea

Eminem made headlines again when it was reported that the 42-year-old rapper had – in a way – apologized to Iggy Azalea over some offensive lyrics. The song “Vegas” contains a violent and inappropriate jab aimed […]

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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.