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‘Cube and Common Make Amends with ‘Real People’

To celebrate the release of his newest movie Barbershop: The Next Cut, Ice Cube teamed up with fellow rapper/actor Common for a song entitled “Real People.” On the surface it’s not much, your standard feel-good […]

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Lyricapsule: The Beach Boys Drop ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.,’ Ride Tasty Waves; March 25, 1963

Its title track dropped as a single a couple weeks prior to this Spring day full LP drop in 1963, if the Beach Boys‘ sophomore LP Surfin’ U.S.A. were a metaphor for the beach-pop lifestyle’s stronghold […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: THEESatisfaction

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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Op-Ed: It’s Time to Equate Hip-Hop with Education

Hip-hop culture is an essential part of America’s identity. Its influence can be seen across countless mediums — from fashion and fine art to cinema and theater. Hamilton is making its way to the White House not just on subject […]

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Lyricapsule: Bob Dylan Drops ‘Bringing it All Back Home’; March 22, 1965

Bob Dylan hit record number five with Bringing It All Back Home on this day back in 1965. His first foray into electric, he both pissed off legions of folkies and blew the minds of people willing to […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Royce Da 5’9″

Royce da 5’9″ is a paragon of the Detroit state of mind; crass and austere with a razor sharp edge. His pedigree runs deep, chopping shop with icons like Eminem, DJ Premier and Dr. Dre. He […]

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Bowie’s ‘Jean Genie’ Lyrics Head to Auction

Here come the posthumous Bowie auctions. This one is especially capitalistic — a handwritten copy of 1972 Aladdin Sane gem “The Jean Genie,” bankrolled off previous investments at two separate sales, once in 2010 for $14k via Christie’s, […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume X

Matt Berninger keeps the El Vy train rolling with a warehousian interrogation creeper, Ben Harper breaks out the polaroids to chase a love story, Ra Ra Riot manage to resist the desire to use a […]

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Beer Company Invents New Screen For You to Stare at Instead of Bands

In the latest of screen technology advancements, Brazilian beer company Brahma introduced a beer cup called the “Copokê,” (Portuguese play on words for karaoke and cup) that flashes the lyrics of whatever band you happen to be […]

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Kendrick Lamar Challenges Fans to Dig Deeper w/ Lyric Contest

Shorty after releasing untitled unmastered. Kendrick Lamar announced a lyric contest where die-hard fans could compete for an exclusive prize pack. There was a lot at stake including a t-shirt, hat, backpack and bragging rights for […]

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