MLB Rap Beef Revealed Ahead of World Series

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is an odd bird; he’s got a goofy slider, is a science nut and apparently can rap. Or so he thinks. The 25-year-old pitcher who is trying to rebound from […]

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RIFF’d: Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want It Darker’

Leonard Cohen has one speed: slow. It’s a baked in approach and the pace in which his 14th studio album You Want It Darker unfolds. In striking fashion, Cohen meticulously careens through gospel-tinged tunes, stopping only to reflect […]

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Lyricapsule: The Rolling Stones Hit The Ed Sullivan Show; October 25, 1964

With the Stones‘ 50th anniversary gigs — 50 years, and counting! — behind them, let us roll back the clock just a smidgen less to 1964, opposite their first gig in 1962, at a moment in television […]

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Lyricapsule: James Brown Records ‘Live at the Apollo’; October 24, 1962

“Mr. Dynamite, the amazing Mr. Please Please himself, the star of the show — James Brown and The Famous Flames,” went the infamous sparkling introduction from MC Fats Gonder on this day at the Apollo Theater […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XLII

Were dangerously close to Election Day, so things are naturally antagonistic to a certain orange cheeto in a suit, with another hilarious cryptic shot from El Vy and a faux-news broadcast from Joseph Arthur. Otherwise, Swedish […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Mr. Lif

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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Asian-Americans Take a Stand Against Offensive YG Lyrics

West Coast rapper YG has found himself in hot water once again, this time for a two-year old lyric aimed at Chinese Americans. The song “Meet The Flockers” opens with the verse: First, you find a […]

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Lyricapsule: Norwegian A-Ha Conquers American Charts; October 19, 1985

Though remembered more for its genius live-action-meets-pencil sketch MTV treatment via animator Michael Patterson and director Steve Barron, that took some odd 16 weeks to complete — see below — this synth-pop gem from A-Ha, […]

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RIFF’d: The Game’s ‘1992’

The Game is the Red Lobster of rap; not altogether terrible, but cheap, easy and exactly what you’d expect every single time. His eighth studio album 1992 contains all the familiar flavors and dishes that […]

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Lyricapsule: Axl Rose Dances with Mr. Brownstone; October 18, 1989

Not another example of Axl Rose’s madcap rock star lunacy, the forever Guns N’ Roses hip-swayer actually did a solid and put his dope-addled bandmates on the hot seat in front of thousands of fans […]

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