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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Luniz

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 […]

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RIFF’D: Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals’ ‘Call it What it Is’

Ben Harper is the diner food of pop music; offers a little bit of everything, but isn’t particular good at any one thing. For his 13th studio album Call It What It Is he takes his […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Dimes from Phife Dawg’s Legendary Career

When Malik Izaak Taylor (bka Phife Dawg) passed away last Tuesday he left behind a legacy that was nothing short of legendary. The outpouring from fans and friends came in from every corner of the […]

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‘Cube and Common Make Amends with ‘Real People’

To celebrate the release of his newest movie Barbershop: The Next Cut, Ice Cube teamed up with fellow rapper/actor Common for a song entitled “Real People.” On the surface it’s not much, your standard feel-good […]

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RIFF’D: Polica’s ‘United Crushers’

Polica‘s third studio album United Crushers has the Minneapolis-based band exploring a multitude of perspectives. Channy Leaneagh has said that this was her opportunity, inspired by the birth of her second child, to step outside herself and […]

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The Wholesome Record Execs that Protected the Sanctity of Spears’ ‘Baby One More Time’

When Britney Spears broke through she did so with authority. It was a campaign that took her from a know-nothing child star to an international pop icon, touring the world and making gobs of money […]

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RIFF’d: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’

Macklemore really got ahead on this one, calling this album The Unruly Mess I’ve Made before critics inevitably did. It’s the epitome of a sophomore record from arguably the most sophomore artist on the planet […]

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Rhyme nor Reason: Kanye West

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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RIFF’d: Animal Collective’s ‘Painting With’

Animal Collective’s tenth album Painting With draws heavily on Dadaism, Cubism, and various other experimental painting styles as far as lyricism goes, beating around the bush, giving impressions instead of statements. Conversely, it draws very […]

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University Professes Adele ‘Normalizes Sexual Harassment’

Students from the University Of Oklahoma’s Gender and Equality Centre have made some serious accusations against singer Adele Laurie Blue Adkins. The campaign refers to the song “Hello” and claims that “even great songs normalize sexual harassment.” […]

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