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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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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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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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RIFF’d: TV on the Radio’s ‘Seeds’

TV on the Radio for the longest time could do no wrong. Everything they touched was gold, a Midas touch that has sustained them for over decade. That is until their fifth studio album Seeds […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: The Perceptionists

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: Damien Rice’s ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’

Damien Rice has been gone quite some time. Even when he was around, he never hit the household-name status of his contemporaries, but like every respectable singer-songwriter, all it takes is a big breakup to […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: J-Live

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: Run The Jewels’ ‘Run The Jewels 2′

Run the Jewels 2 is an anomaly, a sequel that is just as good as the original. Similar to if not totally like the The Godfather: Part II. It could have just as easily been a […]

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Streetside: Elite Underground Chicago Hip-Hop Trifecta Hit the Empty Bottle; October 21

There was quality to the Open Mike Eagle show at the Empty Bottle featuring Serengeti and Jeremiah Jae that for better or worse spoke volumes about the Chicago hip-hop scene. It was Tuesday and unless […]

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