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Notes from Mr. Sandman: The Geto Boys

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 xx’s ‘I See You’

The xx‘s third studio album I See You is an ambitious and dogged march towards liberation. All that has hampered them since becoming international pop stars airs out in ten masterfully crafted songs. They embrace everything […]

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Comedy Central Mixes Rap Lyrics and Harry Potter-isms to make Magic

It started with Daniel Radcliffe’s impressive rendition of Blackalicious‘ “Alphabet Aerobics,” and now it’s become an official phenomena; the Harry Potter universe and rap have collided into one, the latest manifestation being the #HipHopHarryPotter movement. The […]

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Rhyme nor Reason: 21 Savage

Introducing ‘Rhyme nor Reason’ – a SONGLYRICS’ look at lyricists that make us want to jam a pencil in our brain. Or as a man named Shakespeare once wrote: ‘Was there ever any man thus beaten out […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Devin the Dude

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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Green Bay Packers’ Run to the Playoffs Inspires Rap Song

The Green Bay Packers are as beloved as any team in the NFL, so when it was announced that they may have a new anthem on their hands, one tailor made to their magnificent turnaround […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Amp Fiddler

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: Run the Jewels’ ‘RTJ3’

As a Christmas present to the rap world, Run the Jewels came out of nowhere to release their third studio album Run the Jewels 3. There are familiar elements at every turn; political muckraking, braggadocio […]

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Tupac Lyrics Accidentally Printed on Church Pamphlet

Organizers of a Sri Lankan church have some explaining to do after lyrics to a classic Tupac song found its way on a caroling song sheet. Instead of a wholesome prayer celebrating the Virgin Mary, the […]

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SONGLYRICS Presents: Lyricist of the Year – De La Soul

If you follow hip-hop culture long enough one thing you’ll notice is how easily rap collectives can dissolve. It’s natural, happens to the best; egos, money, fame, creative differences, it all factors in. Staying together in […]

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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.