Listing: 5 Mind-Numbing Lyrics from Rick Ross’ ‘Mastermind’

For Rick Ross it’s never been about substance. He’s a style whore and proud of it. But even in a world where nothing is what it seems, Ross’ biggest bugaboo has been his credibility. Much […]

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From South Philly to The Tonight Show: The Lyric Evolution of The Roots

There are no official ambassadors of rap, but if there ever were one The Roots would have to be strong candidates. For over two decades they’ve conducted themselves with the type of professionalism and class […]

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Spotlight: Jonwayne

Calm and meticulous, and in no hurry whatsoever, LA upstart Jonwayne has a delivery that likens itself to Gift of Gab, and stands at the forefront of whatever beat he rhymes over, approaching the mic with […]

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Streetside: Latyrx Brings the Heat to Chicago’s Double Door; January 25

It’s been 16 years since Latyrx last released an album, and in that span they’ve been virtually nonexistent. The hope is that with a tour of their sophomore album, aptly title The Second Album, they […]

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SONGLYRICS Presents: Lyricist of the Year – Serengeti

David “Serengeti” Cohn is a workhorse, the 12th man off the bench who may not always get the spotlight he deserves but will give every ounce of effort when his number is called. In the […]

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Rhyme nor Reason: Riff Raff

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: Eminem’s ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2′

The Marhsall Mathers LP 2, Eminem’s eighth studio album and his first in over three years, can and will be looked at as a big coming out party – a milestone in his career that […]

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Spotlight: MC Tree G

As the father of SoulTrap – a genre that blends, as the title suggests, soul and trap – Tremaine Johnson a.k.a. MC Tree G describes his upbringing in a surprisingly modest way, not nearly as dramatic […]

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RIFF’d: Pusha T’s ‘My Name Is My Name’

It seems like Pusha T has always stood at the fringes of greatness. His grisly flow and arresting narratives have garnered accolades from all four corners of the hip-hop strata. The only question is whether […]

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Violent Rap: Seeing the Figure for the Shadow

Hip-hop has always had a bit of a mean streak – whether manifested in words à la the battle, or in a real life drama with serious repercussions as with Biggie and Pac. It’s a specter that […]

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