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RIFF’d: Snoop Dogg’s ‘Neva Left’

Snoop Dogg is as celebrated an artist as they come, everyone from Master P and Martha Stewart to Tupac has extended their hand wanting a piece of the action. He’s a Golden God to some […]

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Harvard Student Submits Rap Album for His Thesis

Obasi Shaw, class of ’17, submitted Harvard’s first rap thesis; Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Gazette Hip-hop culture continues to find fertile ground at one of the most prestigious schools in America. Obasi Shaw, a 20-year-old undergrad at […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Showbiz & A.G.

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: Machine Gun Kelly’s ‘Bloom’

Machine Gun Kelly‘s third studio album Bloom is a lyrical monstrosity. He is a Paint-By-Number rapper who follows around trends like a lost puppy, humping the legs of other more enterprising artists. Each song is a […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Funky DL

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: A-F-R-O

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: Gorillaz’ ‘Humanz’

The Gorillaz‘ long awaited album Humanz is a smorgasbord of sizzling emotions, provocative questions and hopeful ideals. On one hand you have songs that openly challenge political authorities and on the other you have abstract mysteries that […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Jamal Science

Jamal Science droppin’ bars at a Chicago skate park from the official video for ‘Simply Amazin’; Photo: Moleman Records/YouTube Chicago’s Jamal Science is the Addison Russell of hip-hop, a duel threat who can dazzle on […]

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Data Shows That of All the Major Genres Rap Music Mentions Drugs the Least

A crop of a one of myriad visual representations of the addictions.com drug-genre study; Photo: addictions.com For many, rap music and drugs are synonymous; Devin the Dude, Snoop Dogg and Cypress Hill among many others […]

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Jazz Aficionado Robert Glasper Discusses Age-Old Link Between Jazz and Hip-Hop

Robert Glasper breaking down beats and samples via NPR’s Jazz Night in America; Photo: NPR Piano virtuoso Robert Glasper is an encyclopedia when it comes to music. The 40-year-old jazz aficionado has released a number of albums […]

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