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J. Cole Opens Up Another Conversation on Hip-Hop and Race with ‘Fire Squad’

Like Shangri-La or Xanadu, a post-racial world is nonexistent, a thing of pure fiction. And with each passing day it becomes ever more clear that our hopes of living in one is light years away. Hip-hop […]

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SONGLYRICS Presents: Lyricist of the Year – D’Angelo

As a late-comer to 2014, picking D’Angelo for an accolade like “Lyricist of the Year” might appear trendy, but with a close examination of Black Messiah it’s hard to make a case against it. He’s […]

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SONGLYRICS Presents: The Top 10 Albums of 2014

Here we are again, completely circling around the sun, the same as it ever was like a man named Byrne once said. And perhaps you may tell yourself, these are not your beautiful lyric choices. These […]

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SONGLYRICS Presents: The Top 50 Lyrics of 2014

50 always seems like an arbitrary barometer for these year-end lists. Like the democratic contest host always says, ‘we would like to include them all’, but these here words are weapons people, and a cast […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume LI

Ne-Yo, not surprisingly, shrouds a beautiful woman in a bikini with his awful attempts at game, the swollen anthemic rock of Ireland’s Kodaline turn a fidelity track into a made-for-TV PSA on corporate honesty, and a duo […]

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Lyricapsule: Carl Perkins Records ‘Blue Suede Shoes’; December 19, 1955

“Lay off a them shoes,” you jive turkey – so paraphrased rock ‘n roll prince Carl Perkins on this day in 1955 at Sun Studios. Story goes that Johnny Cash, months earlier, wouldn’t shut up […]

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Streetside: Alt-J Live from the Artist’s Den; December 11

Alt-J is the newest truly exceptional gift from the UK. Their debut album An Awesome Wave has been running through myriad veins since 2012, while their sophomore album This is All Yours dropped in September of this […]

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Lyricapsule: Inspiration from The Beatles’ ’A Day in the Life’ Dies; December 18, 1966

Some of the best narratives are mined from newspaper and magazine headlines, whether fictionalized or not. From the twisted seriousness of Nirvana’s “Polly” about the rape of a 14-year-old in Tacoma, Washington, Cobain threading a […]

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Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’ is Too Graphic For Rugby

The bond that fastens Tom Jones, death and rugby has apparently been tested over the past several weeks. Former Plaid Cymru president Dafydd Iwan called upon the Welsh Rugby Union to stop the longstanding tradition of […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume L

Nick Lowe contemplates the value of a dollar on Christmas while snowmen defy the point of melting, B-52′s icon Kate Pierson somehow got Fred Armisen to wear the most bedazzled set of kitchen gloves and […]

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