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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Cesar Comanche

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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The Woman Behind ‘Despacito’ Explains it’s not Raunchy, it’s ‘Sensual’

Erika Ender performs another one of her songs, ‘Masoquista’; Photo: Erika Ender/Vevo Many people might think “Despacito” is just Luis Fonsi stereotypically sexualizing women — Malaysia even banned the song because it’s too raunchy — […]

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There’s One Lyric Johnny Cash Refused to Sing

John Prine in front of his vanity fireplace; Photo: AP Out of all the lyrics Johnny Cash sang during his career, there was one line he couldn’t bring himself to sing. In an interview with […]

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Drake Pokes Fun at JAY-Z’s Money Phone Lyric from ‘The Story of O.J.’

A screenshot of Drake’s cash-money Twitter joke; Photo: @KarenCivil Drake posted a Twitter video to retort JAY-Z‘s “The Story Of O.J.,” in which Hov takes a jab at rappers who use money phones (stacks of […]

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Did Tyler, The Creator Burn Frank Ocean in His New Song ‘Garden Shed’?

The lead cover of Tyler, The Creator’s new record, ‘Flower Boy’; Photo: Odd Future/Columbia People have been freaking out about rapper Tyler, The Creator‘s “Garden Shed” from his newest album, Flower Boy. Apparently, people thought, […]

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RIFF’d: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Lust for Life’

Lana Del Rey‘s fifth studio album Lust For Life is the sound of a budding songstress taking full flight. She’s enjoying the fruits of her labor while still growing as an individual, and relishing every […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XXIX

Oasis bring to life an endearing tale in the early 90s in which a random beautiful woman from San Francisco saved the band from a breakup, Coldplay show some political teeth, Grizzly Bear bring the home […]

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In Light of Chester Bennington’s Death, Fans Tweet Lyrics in Remembrance

Chester Bennington sings ‘Hallelujah’ at Chris Cornell’s funeral just this past May in LA; Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP In the aftermath of the news that Linkin Park‘s frontman and songwriter, Chester Bennington, died by possible suicide at age […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Defari

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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Malaysia Has Banned ‘Despacito’ Because the Lyrics Are Too Raunchy

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee in the official video for ‘Despacito’; Photo: Universal Music Latino/YouTube It’s a good thing Justin Bieber doesn’t know the lyrics to “Despacito,” which was recorded by Luis Fonsi and features Bieber and Daddy Yankee, […]

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