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RIFF’d: Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’

Nicki Minaj‘s third studio album The Pinkprint is supposed to be a departure from her pop friendly persona, a chance to reacquaint herself with her modest roots, which means heavier on the grime and grit. The approach […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Blu

LA based rapper Blu arrived just in the nick of time. The golden era had long passed and rap had slowly given way to gimmicks and lifestyles. Blu did not. His delivery is classic, combining the ruggedness of the east […]

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RIFF’d: Ghostface Killah’s ’36 Seasons’

Ghostface Killah‘s 11th studio album 36 Seasons couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. A Better Tomorrow was a disaster and Wu fans desperately needed a reason to believe again. For Ghostface – the first […]

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What We Learned From Killer Mike’s Op-Ed on Using Rap Lyrics in Courts

As rap and hip-hop culture has evolved – from its infancy on the corner of Cedar and Sedgwick to what it is today, a multibillion dollar industry with global sway - a startling trend has emerged. […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Haiku D’Etat

Haiku D’Etat was a short lived collaboration between veteran lyricists Aceyalone, Myka 9 and Abstract Rude. As solo artists they had already laid down an undercard legacy that molded the west coast hip-hop scene in […]

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RIFF’d: Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘A Better Tomorrow’

Wu-Tang is lovable by default. Their place in rap lore is so ingrained in the pop psyche that you don’t actually have to know a whole lot about them to be a fan. They’ve transcended, […]

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Eminem’s Not Really Apology to Iggy Azalea

Eminem made headlines again when it was reported that the 42-year-old rapper had – in a way – apologized to Iggy Azalea over some offensive lyrics. The song “Vegas” contains a violent and inappropriate jab aimed […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Eyedea

Mathew Larsen, a.k.a. Eyedea, passed away far too soon, leaving behind a catalog that is without question one of the most under-appreciated. While most have probably heard an Eyedea penned verse before, not many realize just how important […]

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Chris Brown Puts Tupac Lyrics on His Lambo

The mere mention of Chris Brown‘s name is enough to rile even the most indifferent critic. You either love him or hate him – very little room for anything else. He’s many things: a wife beater, a […]

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Eminem throws Shade at Lana Del Rey

Eminem is at it again this time taking a stab at Lana Del Rey and Ray Rice. For those not familiar with the situation, Ray Rice was banned from the NFL for basically cold clocking […]

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