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Lyricapsule: Tupac Shakur Dies; September 13, 1996

There are those that profess his existence. There are those that resurrect him via voodoo hologram tricks. And there is the Pac, rhymes echoing for eternity since the anniversary of his death on this day […]

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RIFF’d: M.I.A.’s ‘A.I.M’

M.I.A. has built a legacy around her jab; a powerful and steady puncher who always found her mark. The problem with her technique, however, is that while it’s nimble and smooth, it lacks depth and can […]

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Lyricapsule: Johnny Cash Leaves Us; September 12, 2003

We lost “The Man in Black” on this day in 2003 at 71-years-young. Though Johnny Cash‘s mark on American music is immortal, as the grandfather of country goth, his weary baritone packed so much true […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XXXVI

Green Day say they want a revolution, Bon Iver rides a thunderstorm from Jeebus, B.o.B. puts his world-is-flat ideology on hold to talk about fingerprints and more, in week 36 of the year’s Best Lyric Vids. […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Que B.I.L.L.A.H.

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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Listing: Angel Olsen’s ‘My Woman’ in 5 Longing Lyrics

Angel Olsen‘s My Woman is a lesson in longing; yearning for something so much that it stirs the mind and body into action. The keys here, and what makes the album such a success is […]

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Lyricapsule: Same Cooke drops ‘You Send Me’; September 7, 1957

Soul the genre still but a faint blip on America’s post-war rock radar, Sam Cooke came finger-snapping in on this day in 1957 and dropped a crossover bomb on the R&B charts. Or maybe a […]

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UK Prisoners Denied Their Uncensored ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

NPR (National Prison Radio) has recently been accused of treating inmates not like animals, but “fluffy munchkins.” The organization, which proclaims itself as “the world’s first national radio station for prisoners,” broadcasts music, poetry readings and […]

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Lyricapsule: Madonna Fights for Her Right to ‘Material Girl’; September 6, 2011

Here’s a milestone in lyric ephemera — Madonna writes a high-heel skip of a pop jam in 1985 dubbed “Material Girl,” as we all know on that provocative second effort Like a Virgin. Madonna proceeds to […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Blaq Poet

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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