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Two Virginia High School Students Draw Ire Over Racially-Appropriated Drake Lyric

Hip-hop culture is one of the most misunderstood movements in the world, polarizing enough that fans can be uncertain as to where to draw the line — the difference between conscientious contributions and straight up appropriation. Such […]

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Lyricapsule: Dylan vs. the Blowfish; November 3, 1995

Easy targets, shooting the Blowfish in the proverbial AOR barrel. “Only Wanna Be With You,” despite Cracked Rear View’s absurd amount of record sales — 16x Platinum and counting — for anyone who knows that […]

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Lyricapsule: Mississippi John Hurt Dies; November 2, 1966

We tend to think of blues as the driving Chicago modern electric woe, or the front-porch bar-chord chugalugs that are just as much gospel howl as world-done-me-wrong sing-alongs. Mississippi John Hurt, who passed away on this […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XLIV

The Pope sells his prog-rock soul out already, Matt Berninger pulls his dick out of the sunlight and into the moonlight of Halloween, Weezer find a way to both bless and desecrate the sanctity of the […]

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Lyricapsule: The Fugees Revive the Rumble in the Jungle; October 30, 1974

Though English soul-stomper Johnny Wakelin was first to the songwriting homage prize with “In Zaire,” [LISTEN] Muhammad Ali’s infamous bout against the then undefeated heavyweight champ of the world, George Foreman, dubbed on this day in 1974 […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Mega Ran

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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Coming-Out Rhapsody: Biographer Claims Iconic Queen Song Had Hidden Message

The most expensive single ever made at the time it dropped — on Halloween, the A Night at the Opera six-minute suite gem “Bohemian Rhapsody” will turn 40-years-young, Freddie Mercury and the band forever defaulting […]

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Rhymefest Opens Another Dialogue on Songwriter-Singer Divide

We all know about “Black Skinhead” and “Jesus Walks;” two of Kanye‘s biggest hits. But how many out there know who actually wrote it or that he didn’t even write it at all, that it was […]

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Inmates Get Combined 20 Years of Solitary for Rap Video

A slew of criticisms recently hit the South Carolina Department of Corrections after it handed down a combined 20 years of solitary confinement to seven inmates; all for uploading a rap video to the web. The video […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XLIII

An army of faceless Sia graffiti warriors, nudie night vision skinny-dips with Foals, the wide world of emoji metaphor with Memoryhouse and more, in another glorious week of the year’s best lyric vids, coming at […]

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