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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Nice & Smooth

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: Rick Ross’ ‘Rather You Than Me’

With his ninth effort, Rather You Than Me, Rick Ross has revealed yet another telling chapter in his growing legacy. After several health scares, some of which put his life at serious risk, he adopted a […]

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BBC Cuts Lady Gaga LGBTQ Lyric, Fans Outraged

Actors perform an edited version of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” on the BBC program, Let’s Sing & Dance For Comic Relief; Photo: BBC/YouTube BBC One has come under fire recently for its omission of lyrics from […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Funkdoobiest

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: The Shins’ ‘Heartworms’

The Shins aren’t the type to rush inspiration, and for their fifth studio album Heartworms they take essentially the same approach; slowly crafting a narrative that says a lot without revealing too much. The biggest […]

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Brooklyn Congressman Honors Biggie on House Floor

Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on the House floor honoring The Notorious B.I.G., Thursday, March 9; Photo: C-Span/Twitter If you thought Barack Obama was the only politician who appreciates hip-hop culture then you might not have heard […]

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RIFF’d: Grandaddy’s ‘Last Place’

In an attempt to make amends for a longstanding hiatus, Grandaddy return with their revealing fifth studio album Last Place. It is the California-based outfit’s attempt to rewrite a chapter in their catalog, but this […]

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Iranian Rapper Defies Death Threats, Challenges Age Old Power Structures

 A portrait of Shahin Najafi; Photo: Amin Khelghat Shahin Najafi is an Iranian-born singer songwriter/lyricist known for his scathing, politically charged lyrics. For some, his name is a point of contention because of a controversial […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Edo. G

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: Dirty Projectors’ ‘Dirty Projectors’

After a five-year hiatus, the Dirty Projectors return with their most heartbreaking album yet. There is no mincing words on their self-titled project, it is a self-analytical piece inspired exclusively by the break-up and recovery process. […]

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