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Lil Reese vs. 2 Chainz: Why This Feud is Worth Following

When you’re an elementary rapper who relies primarily on elementary lyrics it shouldn’t come as a surprise when a bigger, more popular classmate comes in and steals your homework. And in this case that’s being […]

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Lyricapsule: Lewis & Clark Head West; May 14, 1804

Lewis & Clark took off from St. Louis on this day in 1804, embarking on the head-west journey of all journeys west to study, catalogue and map unknown ‘murrica. ‘Dudes put the Rocky Mountains on […]

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The Ice Cream Truck Theme’s Racist Past

The near ubiquitous theme adopted by slow-rolling white vans serving cool treats across America, according to a brow-furrowing NPR dig, has roots in a very racist, early 1900s song called “Nigger Loves a Watermelon Ha! […]

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Lyricapsule: Battle of the Sexes; May 13, 1973

The first of three chest-puffing tennis matches that became one of the main veins leading to the heart of second-wave feminism began on this day in 1973, coincidentally on Mother’s Day. Dubbed the Battle of […]

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RIFF’d: The Black Keys’ ‘Turn Blue’

It’s hard to avoid the narrative trap of filtering an artist’s new music through the lens of their personal life. Here, it’s a non-issue because it’s completely unavoidable. The Black Keys‘ frontman Dan Auerbach went through […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XIX

Johnny Cash gets Lifetime drama strung, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart carry the full lyric album torch with simple, beautiful design, Matisyahu‘s back with a car metaphor, and more, in our weekly coverage of all things lyric video evolution. […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: All Natural

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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Lyricapsule: Dylan Creates the Lyric Video; May 8, 1965

Written on shirt cardboards from a laundromat, wily Dylan, in his “give the anarchist a cigarette” Bringing It All Back Home prime, flipped a stack full of lyric cue cards for “Subterranean Homesick Blues” for […]

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Monica Lewinsky to Beyoncé: ‘I think You Meant ‘Bill Clinton’d All on my Gown’

Billy Clinton’s favorite intern, Monica Lewinsky, not only wants to ‘take back her narrative’ and “burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” as unveiled in a silence-breaking Vanity Fair piece published this week, but […]

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Pearls Before Swine Drop Morse Code F-Bombs; May 7, 1967

Part of that wonderfully dark corner of the 60s folk movement that wasn’t afraid to mess with society’s flower-power whoring of the genre, Floridian college drop-out Tom Rapp and his marry band of iconoclasts, Pearls […]

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