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BET Names 2014 Hip-Hop Awards Cypher Crew

When an MC steps into a cypher it’s like stepping into Thunderdome. Any sign of uncertainty, a little quiver in the voice or a fumbling of words and it’s over faster than it began. The […]

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The Juan MacLean – ‘In a Dream’

DFA Records has built an ironclad reputation as one of the most ambitious independent labels around. As purveyors of tasteful, progressive dance music they have cultivated a dream team roster who embrace both past and present styles. Timelessness mixed […]

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Sinkane – ‘Mean Love’

Halfway through touring Sinkane’s debut album Mars, Ahmed Gallab had already completed most of what would eventually become Mean Love. It was a flurry of creativity that came at the heels of a successful album, and captured his […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Sage Francis

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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Eminem Finds Home at Guinness Book of World Records

Of all the things Eminem has been recognized for - dysfunctional relationships, bloody rap battles, celebrity feuds, Grammys – there is none more fitting than his most recent nod from the Guinness Book of World Records. A cursory glance at […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Diverse

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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Metal Fan Goes to Jail for Posting Lyrics on Facebook

At times it seems like we’re moving in endless circles like a ferris wheel caught in some twisted carnival, seemingly progressive one moment in that we can entertain ideas like space travel, but hopelessly doomed the next as our […]

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Kendrick Lamar Inspires University Course

It’s only been two years since Kendrick Lamar‘s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City dropped and already it’s been dubbed a classic, so much so that Professor Adam Diehl of Georgia Regents University is incorporating it into his curriculum. According […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Rhymefest

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: Young Jeezy’s ‘Seen It All: The Autobiography’

Despite being arrested on gun charges, Young Jeezy’s 7th studio album ,Seen it All: The Autobiography, is slated to be released as scheduled. It’s a situation with serious implications, so nothing to scoff at, but convenient 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.