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Jazz Aficionado Robert Glasper Discusses Age-Old Link Between Jazz and Hip-Hop

Robert Glasper breaking down beats and samples via NPR’s Jazz Night in America; Photo: NPR Piano virtuoso Robert Glasper is an encyclopedia when it comes to music. The 40-year-old jazz aficionado has released a number of albums […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Awdazcate

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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Teacher Incorporates Rap Into Lesson Plan, Sees Massive Changes

Louisana-based educator Kristin Chavis talks about her rap-incorperated curriculum in her classroom; Photo: KSLA News We’ve all heard about the Three R’s, reading, writing and arithmetic. But now educators can add a fourth ‘R’ to […]

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RIFF’d: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’

With his fourth studio album DAMN., Kendrick Lamar takes another herculean leap towards rap immortality. Whereas To Pimp A Butterfly was more politically outspoken, DAMN is more introspective, a reexamination of core values. It is […]

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Notes From Mr. Sandman: Kweku Collins

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: Joey Bada$$’ ‘ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$’

On his second studio album All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, Joey Bada$$ shows the world what it means to be a patriot. Having already delayed the album once, he looked at this as an opportunity to pen an open letter […]

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Rapping Firefighters Pay Homage to Their ‘Hose’

New Gloucester Fire & Rescue laying down bars…and ‘hose’; Photo: Facebook The New Gloucester Fire & Rescue team in Maine has attracted nationwide attention for a parody of Ludacris‘ classic song “Area Codes.” Posted on […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Big Pun

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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Ice-T Admonishes Infamous Tupac Song

Ice-T and Tupac co-hosting a Saturday Night Live special in May of 1996; YouTube/NBC With an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just days away and a new movie slated to be […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Chi-Ali

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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