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Notes from Mr. Sandman: The Procussions

The Procussions is an LA-based rap group who represent a very specific style of lyricism, conscious, but not didactic; niche, but mindful of the culture. They take loaded narratives and inject them with skillful wordplay, creating a […]

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RIFF’d: Ty Dolla $ign’s ‘Campaign’

Despite the title, Ty Dolla $ign‘s latest mixtape Campaign is not about politics. The way it opens might suggest it, but in a flash it descends into a sloppy display of freewheeling debauchery. On the surface there […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: M.O.P.

M.O.P. is a New York-based rap duo (Lil’ Fame and Billy Danze) known primarily for their brash, knuckle-down style of rap. Each of their songs unfold like the greatest posse cut of all time; where […]

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Biologist Turns to Rap to Educate Masses on Zika Virus Prevention

The Zika Virus stole headlines this year with its devastating effects on pregnant women and children. And while coverage has been widely reported few know exactly what to look for and how to prevent it. That’s where Andy […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Afu-Ra

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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Brooklyn Rapper Bobby Shmurda Gets 7 Years

Brooklyn-based rapper Ackquille Jean Pollard, better known as Bobby Shmurda, recently pleaded guilty to one count of 4th-degree conspiracy charges and one count of 2nd-degree criminal weapons possession. The plea deal carries with it a […]

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RIFF’d: M.I.A.’s ‘A.I.M’

M.I.A. has built a legacy around her jab; a powerful and steady puncher who always found her mark. The problem with her technique, however, is that while it’s nimble and smooth, it lacks depth and can […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Que B.I.L.L.A.H.

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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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Blaq Poet

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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Rhyme nor Reason: Rich Chigga

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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