RIFF’d: Ty Dolla $ign’s ‘Campaign’

Despite the title, Ty Dolla $ign‘s latest mixtape Campaign is not about politics. The way it opens might suggest it, but in a flash it descends into a sloppy display of freewheeling debauchery. On the surface there […]

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Lyricapsule: Bessie Smith Dies; September 26, 1937

Pioneering women’s path to the blues spotlight, vocalist Bessie Smith‘s life was cut short at the top of her game on this day in 1937, the victim of a car crash and a contentious white […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XXXVIII

Freddy Mercury still ain’t got no time for monkey business on a Mr. Bad Guy update, some Greek stoner metal-heads make a mid to deflower some zombie parts, Green Day simmer down the political statements with a new Revolution […]

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RIFF’d: Usher’s ‘Hard II Love’

Usher is something of an ageless wonder. He dips off the radar for years, only to reappear stronger, more potent than ever. He cultivates his experiences and then seamlessly transforms them into pop masterpieces, never […]

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Lyricapsule: Radiohead Drop ‘Creep’; September 21, 1992

The unfortunate foundation on which Radiohead built their alt-rock launch into stardom, the angst of Thom Yorke and crew catapulted unto the world on this day in 1992 with hit single “Creep.” Winning hearts on […]

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Biologist Turns to Rap to Educate Masses on Zika Virus Prevention

The Zika Virus stole headlines this year with its devastating effects on pregnant women and children. And while coverage has been widely reported few know exactly what to look for and how to prevent it. That’s where Andy […]

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Lyricapsule: AC/DC Drop ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’; September 20, 1976

Wild-eyed Aussie misfits, AC/DC exploded 1976’s arena rock scene on this day with their third effort, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Tough panache task, considering their sophomore effort being T.N.T. It was dynamite. King-screamer Bon Scott […]

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Lyricapsule: The ‘No Nukes’ Concert; September 19, 1979

One of those rare moments when people actually understand the power that they have over political action, a few hundred thousand people converged upon Madison Square Garden on this day in 1979, and the next […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XXXVII

Norah Jones goes Mad Men jazz lounge, Dolly “Backwoods Barbie” Parton quests for pretty in so much damn pink, Drive-By Truckers teach some ‘filthy and fried’ lessons to the youth, and more, in the 37th week of […]

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Brooklyn Rapper Bobby Shmurda Gets 7 Years

Brooklyn-based rapper Ackquille Jean Pollard, better known as Bobby Shmurda, recently pleaded guilty to one count of 4th-degree conspiracy charges and one count of 2nd-degree criminal weapons possession. The plea deal carries with it a […]

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