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RIFF’d: The xx’s ‘I See You’

The xx‘s third studio album I See You is an ambitious and dogged march towards liberation. All that has hampered them since becoming international pop stars airs out in ten masterfully crafted songs. They embrace everything […]

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Comedy Central Mixes Rap Lyrics and Harry Potter-isms to make Magic

It started with Daniel Radcliffe’s impressive rendition of Blackalicious‘ “Alphabet Aerobics,” and now it’s become an official phenomena; the Harry Potter universe and rap have collided into one, the latest manifestation being the #HipHopHarryPotter movement. The […]

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Rhyme nor Reason: 21 Savage

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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SONGLYRICS Presents: Lyricist of the Year – De La Soul

If you follow hip-hop culture long enough one thing you’ll notice is how easily rap collectives can dissolve. It’s natural, happens to the best; egos, money, fame, creative differences, it all factors in. Staying together in […]

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RIFF’d: J. Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only’

J. Cole‘s fourth studio album 4 Your Eyez Only is mired in anxiety and apprehension. A project that presents more questions than answers. Gone are the nostalgic moments of yesteryear, in its place, the grim […]

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Listing: 5 Moments of Equilibrium from John Legend’s ‘Darkness and Light’

John Legend has always been one love song away from going off the deep end. His polished image, movie star looks and near-storybook life has made him an ideal figure in R&B, an artist comprised […]

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RIFF’d: The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’

There are no surprises on The Weeknd‘s third studio album Starboy. Everything is mapped out in plain English, a one dimensional plan than even the most casual fan can follow. He delves yet again into […]

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RIFF’d: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’

Bruno Mars‘ third studio album 24K Magic is a feeble attempt at interpreting ’80s pop. Normally he thrives in these situations with a touch that has made him something of a golden-boy. Unfortunately he doesn’t invest […]

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RIFF’d: Common’s ‘Black America Again’

After toying around for nearly a decade Common has finally put together a proper full length. Black America Again is clear in its stance, an album that addresses political and social controversies head on. With a […]

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Designer Combines Nature, Science and Lyrics into Beautiful Diagrams

Never a dull moment when lyric and visual art collide. We’ve seen some ambitious creations from time to time, from Jay Shells’ street sign rap quote project to a pair of Nebraska brothers’ daily Instagram challenge. […]

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