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RIFF’d: Jens Lekmen’s ‘Life Will See You Now’

Jens Lekman‘s fourth studio album Life Will See You Now is a lesson in humility. He’s an atypical pop star, and isn’t afraid to be as odd and vulnerable as he wants to be. It’s a […]

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Ice-T Breaks Down Body Count’s Newest Single ‘No Lives Matter’

Ice-T disseminates the ideology behind Body Count‘s new single, “No Lives Matter;” Photo: YouTube  Rapper Ice-T is not one to mince words (songs like “Cop Killer” and “Colors” will tell you that), and if there were […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Immortal Technique

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: Lupe Fiasco’s ‘DROGAS Light’

Despite threats of retirement, Chicago’s prodigal son Lupe Fiasco returns with his sixth studio album Drogas Light. It is the first in a trilogy of albums, and is admittedly not comprised of new material. That […]

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Retired Teacher Raps for LGBT Rights

Don Tassie’s embolden by a ‘Be More Kind’ sweater at the Jackson City, Michigan Council meeting; Photo: Emily Mesner for Mlive.com Proving that it’s never too late to launch a rap career 81-year-old retired school teacher Don […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Apathy

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: Big Sean’s ‘I Decide’

Big Sean‘s fourth studio album I Decided, is one man’s transformation from wide-eyed greenhorn to young man on the brink of maturity, a creative coming-of-age story that most rapper’s never get to see. Big Sean made it […]

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YouTube Comedy Crew Rap-Recap the ‘Back to the Future’ Series

The Back to the Future series is a cinematic triumph, the perfect summer movie that has only gotten more popular as the years have gone by. It’s worth killing an afternoon to familiarize yourself with […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Jedi Mind Tricks

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: Bell Biv DeVoe’s ‘Three Stripes’

After 16 long years Bell Biv DeVoe make a not-so-triumphant return with a new studio album Three Stripes. It comes at the heels of a lauded BET profile of New Edition, which in the end […]

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