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Op-Ed: Rick Ross’ Waffling Lyric Spine

Rick Ross recently found himself in a bit of hot water over some violent lyrics aimed at presidential candidate Donald Trump. In the song “Free Enterprise” he raps about pulling a “Zimmerman” on Trump and […]

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Rhyme nor Reason: Post Malone

Introducing ‘Rhyme nor Reason’ – a SONGLYRICS’ look at lyricists that make us want to jam a pencil in our brain. Or as a man named Shakespeare once wrote: ‘Was there ever any man thus beaten out […]

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Lip Dubs Hit Michigan Public School with a Twist

Following in the famous footsteps of Washington State’s Shorewood and Shorecrest high schools, and countless copycats since, a Michigan middle school is joining the lip dub game. A lip dub game is taking a popular song […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Atmosphere

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: David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’

David Bowie‘s 69th birthday marked his 26th solo studio album. Little did some of us know that ‘★’ (more commonly called Blackstar) would be his mortal swan song. It’s an album full of metaphors from old plays, references […]

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Lyricapsule: Berry Gordy Jr. Forms Motown Records; January 12, 1959

A 30-year-old from Detroit, Berry Gordy Jr. borrowed $800 from his family on this day in 1959 to create R&B label Tamla Records, which would go on to become Motown Records and the subsequent heralding […]

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Key West Bans Tattoo Parlors with Jimmy Buffett Lyrics

Perhaps taking a page out the Bob Dylan-loving scientist book, city officials decided to drop some Jimmy Buffett lyrics in their recent attempt to keep banning tattoo parlors within Key West’s city limits. Despite the […]

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Obama Sings Drake and Future’s ‘Jumpman’ for Andre Drummond

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond has been a beast on the court; putting up Moses Malone-like numbers, gobblin’ up boards like a fat kid does cake. He’s doing things that haven’t been done since Dennis […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘Rocky’ Begins to get Stronger; January 9, 1976

The Italian Stallion came to life on this day in 1976, as Sylvester Stallone began filming his first feature film, Rocky. Inspired by a supposed chump no-namer, club fighter Chuck Wepner, who went 15 rounds with […]

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Op-Ed: Killer Mike’s Supreme Court Lyric Precedent is More Than Just About Rap

Over the past few years Michael Render (a.k.a. Killer Mike) has emerged as one of the most outspoken artists in rap, vocal both on and off the stage against civil rights violations. He’s written spirited […]

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