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All Eyez on East: The Great Hip-Hop Color Question and Asian-Americans’ Place in It

Let’s be real, we do not live in a post-racial world. And to fool yourself into thinking we do is to embrace myopia at its most debilitating – not to mention the quickest – way […]

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RIFF’d: 50 Cent’s ‘Animal Ambition’

When he’s not busy throwing the worst possible first pitch you could ever imagine (really, you have to see it to believe it) 50 Cent is enjoying the fruits of a multimillionaire dollar empire. Living like a […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Paul Barman

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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Notes from Mr. Sandman: All Natural

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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Materialistic Rap Lyrics: From ?uestlove to Macklemore

The unrelatable nature of art collecting is where The Roots‘ ?uestlove draws the line in materialist rap lyrics, according to a six-week op-ed series with Vulture. Worshiping Adidas (Run-DMC) is cool, but hording Picassos (Jay-Z), not so much. Jay-Z has already drawn […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Masta Ace

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 […]

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RIFF’d: Future’s ‘Honest’

Future’s sophomore album Honest is exactly what the title implies, a forthcoming and open look at one of raps most celebrated stars. Within its lavishly decorated walls are portraits that depict his soul down to the […]

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‘Holler if Ya Hear Me’: 5 Lyrics That Would Shake Up the New Tupac Inspired Musical

Inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, Holler if Ya Hear Me is a forthcoming Broadway play described as a “riveting, non-biographical story about friendship, love, change, family and hope.” It stars the prolific Saul […]

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Jock Jam Fails: 5 Athletes Who Should’ve Stayed Athletes

Athletics and music go hand in hand – the narrative of a well composed song likening itself to an exhilarating fourth quarter comeback. But for as synonymous as the two are there are plenty of […]

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All Eyez on Swears: Study Traces Hip-Hop’s Most Profane Icons

Titled ‘The Best F*cking Article You’ll Read Today: Profanity in Rap Lyrics Since 1985‘, the people over at Best Tickets crunched some serious lyric data on over 29 years of hip-hop’s love affair with swear […]

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