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What We Learned From Killer Mike’s Op-Ed on Using Rap Lyrics in Courts

As rap and hip-hop culture has evolved – from its infancy on the corner of Cedar and Sedgwick to what it is today, a multibillion dollar industry with global sway - a startling trend has emerged. […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XLIX

Drunk big country no apology bros, dad-talk graffiti soldiers, Lana Del Rey in lipstick font form and more as another crop of lyric video contenders vie for your time on the intranets. Meanwhile, doe-eyed humans […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Haiku D’Etat

Haiku D’Etat was a short lived collaboration between veteran lyricists Aceyalone, Myka 9 and Abstract Rude. As solo artists they had already laid down an undercard legacy that molded the west coast hip-hop scene in […]

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Lyricapsule: The Million Dollar Quartet Session; December 4, 1956

A perfect little snapshot of rock n’ roll’s budding poster-children, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis caught each other in Memphis, Tennessee’s Sun Studios on a whim on this day in […]

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RIFF’d: Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘A Better Tomorrow’

Wu-Tang is lovable by default. Their place in rap lore is so ingrained in the pop psyche that you don’t actually have to know a whole lot about them to be a fan. They’ve transcended, […]

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Eminem’s Not Really Apology to Iggy Azalea

Eminem made headlines again when it was reported that the 42-year-old rapper had – in a way – apologized to Iggy Azalea over some offensive lyrics. The song “Vegas” contains a violent and inappropriate jab aimed […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Eyedea

Mathew Larsen, a.k.a. Eyedea, passed away far too soon, leaving behind a catalog that is without question one of the most under-appreciated. While most have probably heard an Eyedea penned verse before, not many realize just how important […]

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Lyricapsule: National Maximum Speed Law Drops, Sammy Hagar Vindicated; November 28, 1995

In 1974 Big Brother decided to institute a National Maximum Speed Law across all highways and byways imposing a 55 mph speed limit, attempting to tarnish American’s need for speed because of some silly oil […]

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Lyricapsule: George Harrison Drops ‘All Things Must Pass’; November 27, 1970

Aside Ringo – poor Ringo – Harrison got the shaft for a long time the way of Beatle respect, shadowed by the iconic Lennon-McCartney songwriting credit. Even when the band disbanded and solo records started […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘As Time Goes By’ Debuts in ‘Casablanca’; November 26, 1942

Casablanca, one of the most infamous films of all time, if not the most, made its debut in NYC on this day 71 years ago, simultaneously debuting its pinnacle emotive moment when that hussy Illsa Lund […]

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