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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Edan

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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Ugandan Rapper’s Anti-Gay Comments Spark Outrage, UK Venues Cancel Shows

Ugandan rapper Bobi Wine defends anti-gay comments that caused two venues in England to bar him from performing by pairing this caption with a picture of himself aside Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Braggadocio and rap are two peas in one […]

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Notes From Mr. Sandman: Count Bass D

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: Shabazz Palaces’ ‘Lese Majesty’

Shabazz Palaces had a tall order in front of them when approaching their sophomore album Lese Majesty. Riding in three years after the success of Black Up, the expectations were high. But like any true creative would attest to, the […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Miscues from Common’s ‘Nobody’s Smiling’

Common‘s tenth studio album Nobody’s Smiling is a project about Chicago told by someone who hasn’t walked the city’s streets or breathed the city’s air in a long long time. It’s a detached, misappropriation of […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Cannibal Ox

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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Drake Settles with YG Over ‘Borrowed’ Lyrics

Depending on what side of the coin you land on Drake can either be a generation’s misunderstood genius or a clueless meatball born with a silver spoon in his ass. You can’t mention him without […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Tanya Morgan

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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Spotlight: Bishop Nehru

Born in Rockland County, New York, 17-year-old Bishop Nehru is the embodiment of many different eras. His old-soul sensibilities speak to the golden-age, the unbending confidence to today’s market, and his ability to make sense out […]

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Notes From Mr. Sandman: Gift of Gab

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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