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Snoop Dogg Slams President Trump with New Song ‘Make America Crip Again’

The potential cover for Snoop Dogg’s TBD EP, ‘Make America Crip Again’; Photo: Instagram Since entering office rappers have had a field day with Donald Trump, and this time it’s Snoop Dogg taking a swing […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Nolan the Ninja

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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GZA Gives Lecture Promoting Hip-Hop Music and Science

GZA at the University of Colorado at Boulder; Photo: Phil McKenzie/CU Independent Wu-Tang alum, the GZA recently gave a lecture at the University of Colorado, Boulder, examining the relationship between hip-hop music and science. The 51-year-old […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Akrobatik

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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Chuck D Set to Release Hip-Hop History Book

The cover for Chuck D’s forthcoming book, ‘Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History’; Photo: Hatchette Publishing As one of the forefathers of rap and founder of the iconic rap group Public […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Rah Digga

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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Wendy’s and Wingstop Spar in Epic Twitter Rap Battle

Wingstop’s creepy ‘wingbot’ mascot (left), equally creepy Wendy’s mascot (right); Photo: Wingstop/Wendy’s It’s not uncommon to see two rappers settle a feud over Twitter, but two see two iconic fast food chains go at it […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: The Koreatown Oddity

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: 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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‘The Pudding’ Mine Lyric Data for Another Beautiful Visual Study in Rap Lyric Similarities

A section of The Pudding’s new lyric study on ‘The Language of Hip-Hop’ that maps the lyrical similarities of different rappers; Photo: The Pudding In 2014, The Pudding, a weekly online journal of visual essays, released an […]

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