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All Eyez on East: The Great Hip-Hop Color Question and Asian-Americans’ Place in It

Let’s be real, we do not live in a post-racial world. And to fool yourself into thinking we do is to embrace myopia at its most debilitating – not to mention the quickest – way […]

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RIFF’d: 50 Cent’s ‘Animal Ambition’

When he’s not busy throwing the worst possible first pitch you could ever imagine (really, you have to see it to believe it) 50 Cent is enjoying the fruits of a multimillionaire dollar empire. Living like a […]

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Iggy Azalea and Jimmy Kimmel Collide in a Cosmic Fugue of Annoying

Crossover superstar Iggy Azalea recently made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in support of her newest album The New Classic. Before performing she joined Kimmel for a quirky little segment called “New Lyrics for […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Paul Barman

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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Materialistic Rap Lyrics: From ?uestlove to Macklemore

The unrelatable nature of art collecting is where The Roots‘ ?uestlove draws the line in materialist rap lyrics, according to a six-week op-ed series with Vulture. Worshiping Adidas (Run-DMC) is cool, but hording Picassos (Jay-Z), not so much. Jay-Z has already drawn […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Masta Ace

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 […]

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RIFF’d: Future’s ‘Honest’

Future’s sophomore album Honest is exactly what the title implies, a forthcoming and open look at one of raps most celebrated stars. Within its lavishly decorated walls are portraits that depict his soul down to the […]

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Sample Wars: Drake Sued Over Old Jazz Lyric

In case you missed it, Drake was recently sued by the estate of late jazz musician Jimmy Smith for sampling the latter’s “Jimmy Smith Rap” in the intro of Drake’s “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2.” […]

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‘Holler if Ya Hear Me’: 5 Lyrics That Would Shake Up the New Tupac Inspired Musical

Inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur, Holler if Ya Hear Me is a forthcoming Broadway play described as a “riveting, non-biographical story about friendship, love, change, family and hope.” It stars the prolific Saul […]

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Jock Jam Fails: 5 Athletes Who Should’ve Stayed Athletes

Athletics and music go hand in hand – the narrative of a well composed song likening itself to an exhilarating fourth quarter comeback. But for as synonymous as the two are there are plenty of […]

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