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Black Thought Delivers Blistering 10-Minute Freestyle

Black Thought freestyles on Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show ; Photo: Hot 97/YouTube When it comes to the Greatest Lyricist of All Time narrative, Black Thought consistently gets overlooked. Maybe because the media has a […]

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Lyricapsule: John & Yoko Launch ‘War is Over’ Poster Campaign; December 15, 1969

One of John & Yoko’s ‘War is Over’ billboards erected in Manhattan in December of 1969; Photo: Getty/Beatles Bible “So this is Christmas/and what have you done/another year over/and a new one just begun,” sings […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Crooked I

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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Kodak Black Takes Shot at Jay-Z and ’90s Era Hip-hop

Kodak Black in the official video for ‘Brand New Glizzy’; Photo: YouTube Pop rapper Kodak Black took to Instagram recently to blast Jay-Z and ’90s era hip-hop. Comparing the lyrics to Jay-Z’s “Money, Cash, Hoes” […]

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Former NBA All-Star Baron Davis Releases Christmas-Themed Mixtape

The landing page banner image for Baron Davis’ ‘Black Santa Company’; Photo: blacksanta.com Former NBA All-Star Baron Davis is a Renaissance man. In addition to being a basketball savant (who can still play by the […]

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Lyricapsule: Jimi Hendrix Records ‘Foxy Lady’; December 13, 1966

The cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Foxy Lady’ ’45 b/w ‘Manic Depression’; Photo: Polydor  Further immortalized with a Wayne’s World nerdcore pelvic thrust 30 years later, Hendrix‘s purported only happy song he’s ever recorded, “Foxy Lady,” was cut […]

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RIFF’d: Luke Bryan’s ‘What Makes You Country’

Luke Bryan‘s sixth studio album What Makes You Country is in many ways an homage to his hometown of Leesburg, Georgia. It’s there that he established a respectful manner and developed an appreciation for a […]

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NYPD Uses Drake as Inspiration for Terrible Rap Video

Commanding Officer Steven Hellman leads a Seventh Precinct rap promo video; Photo: NYPD/New York Post The NYPD is under fire once again, but it’s not what you’re thinking. In a recent video that went viral, […]

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Lyricapsule: The Righteous Brothers’ ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ Hits Charts; December 12, 1964

Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield (left) and Phil Spector (right) at Gold Star Studios in 1965; Photo: Getty 5,000 more pairs of boots were sent to Vietnam while MLK was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for […]

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British Ad Agency Creates Feminist Christmas Carol Album for Charity

The album art for ‘Hyrrs: Festive Hymns Made Feminist’; Photo: Grey London/Goldstein Music Progressive British ad agency, Grey London, has teamed up with fellow Brit music production creatives, Goldstein Music, to put a feminist spin […]

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