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RIFF’d: Miley Cyrus’ ‘Younger Now’

For her sixth studio album Younger Now, the pop juggernaut that is Miley Cyrus is out to prove to the world that she’s a new woman. Older and wiser, she’s attempting to erase her previous […]

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RIFF’d: Macklemore’s ‘Gemini’

Macklemore‘s second studio album GEMINI is a glimpse into the life of a vainglorious rapper. Over the course of 16 poorly executed songs, Macklemore and company over-analyze every little bump and bruise that the average […]

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RIFF’d: LCD Soundsystem’s ‘American Dream’

Much like fear, anger can be a motivating force, but get too familiar with it and it can leave you scalded and disfigured. For their fourth studio album, American Dream, LCD Soundsystem reunites to air out […]

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Lil B Curses Lonzo Ball for Dissing Nas

Rapper Lil B (left), LA Lakers player Lonzo Ball (right); Photo: Facebook (left); Ethan Miller/Getty Images (right) Rapper Lil B is known for many things, one of which is his ability to dole out curses; not […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Styles P

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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RIFF’d: The War on Drugs’ ‘A Deeper Understanding’

True to its namesake, The War on Drugs‘ fourth studio album A Deeper Understanding is a thoughtful examination of the past and the profound affect that memories can have on the present. Adam Granduciel delves […]

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RIFF’d: Kesha’s ‘Rainbow’

The seeds for Kesha‘s third full-length album Rainbow were planted long before she hit the studio to record. Her public battle with Dr. Luke put her in the spotlight, and for reasons that didn’t necessarily align […]

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RIFF’d: Riff Raff’s ‘The White West’

Riff Raff follows up Peach Panther with another equally weak effort. The White West is one man’s attempt to ride out his 15 minutes of fame for as long as possible. From one song to […]

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LL Cool J Becomes First Rapper to Receive Kennedy Center Honors

Photo: LL Cool J/Facebook James Todd Smith (a.k.a. LL Cool J) is a rap legend and icon, and now the Queens-born rapper will add another chapter to his lore by becoming the first hip-hop artist […]

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Rhyme nor Reason: Lil Uzi Vert

Introducing ‘Rhyme nor Reason’ – a SONGLYRICS’ look at lyricists that make us want to jam a pencil in our brain. Or as a man named Shakespeare once wrote: ‘Was there ever any man thus beaten out […]

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