RIFF’d: Jens Lekmen’s ‘Life Will See You Now’

Jens Lekman‘s fourth studio album Life Will See You Now is a lesson in humility. He’s an atypical pop star, and isn’t afraid to be as odd and vulnerable as he wants to be. It’s a […]

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Lana Del Rey Drops Video for LP5 Tease ‘Love’, Reps ‘Vintage Music’ Kids

Screenshot from the Rich Lee-directed video for Lana Del Rey‘s new single, “Love;” Photo: YouTube Lana Del Rey has established a career with noir, pouty-lipped indie bad-girl vibe. Her new song “Love” shows that the artist hasn’t left […]

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Katy Perry’s Coded Political Message in ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ Video

Here’s a hamster eating a tiny little plate of food prepared by a giant set of hands in Katy Perry‘s new “Purposeful Pop” video for “Chained to the Rhythm;” Photo; Katy Perry Vevo In anticipation […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Anthony Hamilton

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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Obama Dubbed to Rap Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Alright’

Former president Barack Obama’s relationship with hip-hop has at times been overstated, almost now to the point of parody. But it only makes sense, he has been well received by rap stars worldwide and lauded as […]

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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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