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RIFF’D: Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals’ ‘Call it What it Is’

Ben Harper is the diner food of pop music; offers a little bit of everything, but isn’t particular good at any one thing. For his 13th studio album Call It What It Is he takes his […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Proh Mic

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: Charles Bradley’s ‘Changes’

Charles Bradley is an old soul trying to navigate his way through a new unforgiving landscape. Ten years ago he might have been shunned, but thanks to Daptone and its work with Sharon Jones and Lee Fields […]

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Jamaica’s Nesbeth Channels Marley, Unites Political Parties w/ Song

In Jamaica music plays a crucial role in politics; it can sway opinions and inform, but can also be used as rhetoric to slander and spread rumors and hearsay. In recent news the two prevailing political […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Toki Wright

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: 5 Lyrical Dimes from Phife Dawg’s Legendary Career

When Malik Izaak Taylor (bka Phife Dawg) passed away last Tuesday he left behind a legacy that was nothing short of legendary. The outpouring from fans and friends came in from every corner of the […]

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‘Cube and Common Make Amends with ‘Real People’

To celebrate the release of his newest movie Barbershop: The Next Cut, Ice Cube teamed up with fellow rapper/actor Common for a song entitled “Real People.” On the surface it’s not much, your standard feel-good […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: THEESatisfaction

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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Op-Ed: It’s Time to Equate Hip-Hop with Education

Hip-hop culture is an essential part of America’s identity. Its influence can be seen across countless mediums — from fashion and fine art to cinema and theater. Hamilton is making its way to the White House not just on subject […]

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‘Hamilton’ Returns to the White House, Freestyles with POTUS

ICYMI, before descending upon SXSW together as keynote speakers, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama recently invited the cast of Hamilton to the White House for a daylong celebration of the arts 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.