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Kendrick Lamar Unleashes on Surprise Single, ‘The Heart Part IV’

The now deleted cover art for “The Heart Part IV;” Photo: Instagram/Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar surprised audiences with the drop of a new single, “The Heart Part IV,” released on streaming services on Thursday night, along […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Nice & Smooth

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: Rick Ross’ ‘Rather You Than Me’

With his ninth effort, Rather You Than Me, Rick Ross has revealed yet another telling chapter in his growing legacy. After several health scares, some of which put his life at serious risk, he adopted a […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Funkdoobiest

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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UK Researchers Start Hip Hop Program to Raise Mental Health Awareness

The logo for ‘Hip Hop Psych’ and a Akeem Sule, MD dropping mental health hip-hop knowledge on the program’s YouTube channel; Photo: Hip Hop Psych/YouTube  Akeem Sule, MD and Becky Inkster, DPhil, two researchers associated […]

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Lyricapsule: Tupac Tops Charts Behind Bars; March 14, 1995

The cover art for Tupac’s ‘Me Against the World’; Photo: Interscope Incarcerated for sexually assaulting a fan in November of 1993, this day in March of 1994 saw the drop of Tupac‘s third album, Me […]

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Brooklyn Congressman Honors Biggie on House Floor

Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on the House floor honoring The Notorious B.I.G., Thursday, March 9; Photo: C-Span/Twitter If you thought Barack Obama was the only politician who appreciates hip-hop culture then you might not have heard […]

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Disney CEO References ‘Hamilton’ Lyrics to Justify Position on Trump Council

Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, whose historical character is not in ‘The Room Where it Happened’ (left), Disney CEO Bob Iger (right); Photo: David Korrins (left), Chip Somodevilla (right) Whether you like him or hate […]

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Rising Experimental LA Rapper Rhys Langston Drops Lyric Video

Rhys Langston performs at Earth House at Wesleyan University; Photo: Julian Johnson Los Angeles artist and musician Rhys Langston is trying to create a new language in rap music to fit his mutable style between […]

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Iranian Rapper Defies Death Threats, Challenges Age Old Power Structures

 A portrait of Shahin Najafi; Photo: Amin Khelghat Shahin Najafi is an Iranian-born singer songwriter/lyricist known for his scathing, politically charged lyrics. For some, his name is a point of contention because of a controversial […]

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