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Listing: 5 Lyrical Breakthroughs from James Blake’s ‘The Colour in Anything’

It’s always raining in James Blake‘s world, grey and cold. It projects anxiety, loneliness, longing and nostalgia, both cinematic and solemn. At times a bit much, so much so that for the past two albums his themes have […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Dimes from Phife Dawg’s Legendary Career

When Malik Izaak Taylor (bka Phife Dawg) passed away last Tuesday he left behind a legacy that was nothing short of legendary. The outpouring from fans and friends came in from every corner of the […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Leaps from Adrian Younge’s ‘Something About April II’

Adrian Younge is one of the most well respected producers in the underground soul scene; he’s worked with marquee names like Ghostface Killah, Souls of Mischief and the Delfonics. His biggest challenge, however, has not been popularity. […]

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Listing: Adele’s Gonna Adele on ’25’

Pop audiences’ feverish anticipation has come to a frothing point: Adele has not only released perhaps the most covered and remixed single of the year, but 25 has now leaked. It’s, exactly, what you’d expect, really […]

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Listing: 5 Weirdo Stonerisms from Kurt Cobain’s ‘Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings’

Let’s face it: our posthumous Kurt Cobain voyeurism is creepy. It’s also weirdly more sustainable than it should be. The Montage of Heck film’s release marks 21 years since his death, and this fact might […]

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Listing: An Homage to Sean Price’s Legacy in 5 Lyrics

With the untimely passing of Sean Price, rap has lost one of its most versatile kinsmen — a legendary lyricist who was forever committed to the culture. Whether he was in collaboration or flying solo, […]

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Listing: Death Grips’ Nihilistic, Suicidal ‘Swan Song’ ‘Jenny Death’

Every weirdo, 4chan user, and experimental music fan just had Christmas come early. Or, ridiculously late, if you count the original wait. Jenny Death, the second half of Death Grips‘ supposed final act, The Powers That […]

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Listing: 5 Small Time Lyrics from Big Sean’s ‘Dark Sky Paradise’

Big Sean has never been good at expressing himself. Not a great position for a lyricist. What he is good at is stylizing his image, which is what Kanye saw, a lifestyle rapper who could […]

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LISTING: 5 Socio-Political Frustrations in Sleater-Kinney’s ‘No Cities to Love’

Sleater-Kinney’s original run was before its time. Riot Grrrl’s peak came before the mighty internet, which may have diluted the egalitarian cause of feminism with Tumblr’s more common caricature of misandrist hypocrisy, but at least […]

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Listing: 5 Universal Life Lessons from Justin Townes Earle’s ‘Absent Fathers’

As a companion piece to Single Mothers, Justin Townes Earle‘s Absent Fathers is a proper bookend to a career that is now entering a new phase, one that has him confronting the past with sound […]

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