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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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Rhyme nor Reason: Rich Chigga

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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FDNY Rapper Catches Heat for Contentious Lyrics

Underground Brooklyn rapper Ka is known by most for his lyrics, but few know about his life outside the studio. It was revealed recently that Ka (a.k.a. Kaseem Ryan) is a veteran and Captain of […]

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Lyricapsule: Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ Charts; August 29, 1964

Sitting around with co-writer Bill Dees stretching their songwriting muscles, Roy Orbison and Dees were interrupted by Orbison’s first wife, Claudette Frady, asking for some money to go to the drug store, to which Dees […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Goodie Mob

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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Cubs Fire DJ for ‘Cuban Missile’ Song Choice

The Chicago Cubs fired a Wrigley Field DJ after playing an inappropriate song during Aroldis (aka “Cuban Missile”) Chapman‘s appearance on the mound. The song “Smack My Bitch Up” by the Prodigy comes on the heels […]

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Lyricapsule: 34 Years Post-Inception, Iran Green-Lights Queen; August 23, 2004

America: a land where you may be sent to prison for attempting to protect civil liberties, but at least you can buy a damn uncensored Queen record and Bohemian rhapsodize in relative operatic peace. Not […]

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Lyricapsule: Zager and Evans Foretell the Future; August 22, 1969

The ominous foreshadowing damage was long done on this day in 1969, when freaky folk one-hit wondrous duo Zager and Evans ended a six-week run on the Billboard charts with their mirror-ball jam, “In the […]

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RIFF’D: Atmosphere’s ‘Fishing Blues’

This deep into their career Atmosphere has very little to prove. They’re icons and built an empire in one of the last places you’d expect hip-hop to thrive. They’ve proven that it’s true: greatness can […]

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