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RIFF’d: Aloe Blacc’s ‘Lift Your Spirit’

The past few years have been big for Aloe Blacc. He’s gone from a relatively obscure player in R&B to being a star on the rise with his music being heard by millions. It’s been […]

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Streetside: Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Blaze a Trail through Chicago’s Metro; March 7

Madlib has always been a big draw, and wherever he goes his fans follow. His opening set was about what you’d expect from a collector whose record collection borders on the epic. “Accordion” in particular […]

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Listing: 5 Mind-Numbing Lyrics from Rick Ross’ ‘Mastermind’

For Rick Ross it’s never been about substance. He’s a style whore and proud of it. But even in a world where nothing is what it seems, Ross’ biggest bugaboo has been his credibility. Much […]

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From South Philly to The Tonight Show: The Lyric Evolution of The Roots

There are no official ambassadors of rap, but if there ever were one The Roots would have to be strong candidates. For over two decades they’ve conducted themselves with the type of professionalism and class […]

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Schoolboy Q – ‘Oxymoron’

Having already released a grip of singles prior, the expectations for Schoolboy Q‘s major label debut Oxymoron were high. After all he’s arguably the second-most talented lyricist on TDE next to of course Kendrick Lamar. […]

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RIFF’d: Angel Olsen’s ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness’

Angel Olsen doesn’t run from her experiences. She buckles down and finds inspiration in them, channeling whatever unrequited emotions there are into song. It’s not an altogether groundbreaking technique, but one that she’s grown with […]

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5 Lyrics That Deserve Some Shine on Black History Month

Despite the polar vortex treating a majority of America like its own personal winter wonderland there are plenty of reasons to celebrate what’s been a relatively dreary February. And no we’re not talking about Valentine’s […]

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Spotlight: Jonwayne

Calm and meticulous, and in no hurry whatsoever, LA upstart Jonwayne has a delivery that likens itself to Gift of Gab, and stands at the forefront of whatever beat he rhymes over, approaching the mic with […]

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RIFF’d: Broken Bells’ ‘After the Disco’

There’s nothing elusive or misleading about what Broken Bells is trying to do with their sophomore album After the Disco. The title itself says it all. This is about moving beyond trivial pursuits, and into […]

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Streetside: Latyrx Brings the Heat to Chicago’s Double Door; January 25

It’s been 16 years since Latyrx last released an album, and in that span they’ve been virtually nonexistent. The hope is that with a tour of their sophomore album, aptly title The Second Album, they […]

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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, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.