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Notes from Mr. Sandman: M.O.P.

M.O.P. is a New York-based rap duo (Lil’ Fame and Billy Danze) known primarily for their brash, knuckle-down style of rap. Each of their songs unfold like the greatest posse cut of all time; where […]

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RIFF’d: Usher’s ‘Hard II Love’

Usher is something of an ageless wonder. He dips off the radar for years, only to reappear stronger, more potent than ever. He cultivates his experiences and then seamlessly transforms them into pop masterpieces, never […]

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Biologist Turns to Rap to Educate Masses on Zika Virus Prevention

The Zika Virus stole headlines this year with its devastating effects on pregnant women and children. And while coverage has been widely reported few know exactly what to look for and how to prevent it. That’s where Andy […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Afu-Ra

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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Brooklyn Rapper Bobby Shmurda Gets 7 Years

Brooklyn-based rapper Ackquille Jean Pollard, better known as Bobby Shmurda, recently pleaded guilty to one count of 4th-degree conspiracy charges and one count of 2nd-degree criminal weapons possession. The plea deal carries with it a […]

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RIFF’d: M.I.A.’s ‘A.I.M’

M.I.A. has built a legacy around her jab; a powerful and steady puncher who always found her mark. The problem with her technique, however, is that while it’s nimble and smooth, it lacks depth and can […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Que B.I.L.L.A.H.

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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Listing: Angel Olsen’s ‘My Woman’ in 5 Longing Lyrics

Angel Olsen‘s My Woman is a lesson in longing; yearning for something so much that it stirs the mind and body into action. The keys here, and what makes the album such a success is […]

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UK Prisoners Denied Their Uncensored ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

NPR (National Prison Radio) has recently been accused of treating inmates not like animals, but “fluffy munchkins.” The organization, which proclaims itself as “the world’s first national radio station for prisoners,” broadcasts music, poetry readings and […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Blaq Poet

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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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.