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RIFF’D: J Dilla’s ‘The Diary’

J-Dilla‘s posthumous album The Diary is not what you think; it’s not a long lost beat tape and it’s not a traditional full length. It’s a collection of songs that he had intended to release […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Lords of the Underground

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 […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Toki Wright

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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Listing: 5 Lyrical Dimes from Phife Dawg’s Legendary Career

When Malik Izaak Taylor (bka Phife Dawg) passed away last Tuesday he left behind a legacy that was nothing short of legendary. The outpouring from fans and friends came in from every corner of the […]

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‘Cube and Common Make Amends with ‘Real People’

To celebrate the release of his newest movie Barbershop: The Next Cut, Ice Cube teamed up with fellow rapper/actor Common for a song entitled “Real People.” On the surface it’s not much, your standard feel-good […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: THEESatisfaction

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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Op-Ed: It’s Time to Equate Hip-Hop with Education

Hip-hop culture is an essential part of America’s identity. Its influence can be seen across countless mediums — from fashion and fine art to cinema and theater. Hamilton is making its way to the White House not just on subject […]

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‘Hamilton’ Returns to the White House, Freestyles with POTUS

ICYMI, before descending upon SXSW together as keynote speakers, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama recently invited the cast of Hamilton to the White House for a daylong celebration of the arts in […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Royce Da 5’9″

Royce da 5’9″ is a paragon of the Detroit state of mind; crass and austere with a razor sharp edge. His pedigree runs deep, chopping shop with icons like Eminem, DJ Premier and Dr. Dre. He […]

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Kendrick Lamar Challenges Fans to Dig Deeper w/ Lyric Contest

Shorty after releasing untitled unmastered. Kendrick Lamar announced a lyric contest where die-hard fans could compete for an exclusive prize pack. There was a lot at stake including a t-shirt, hat, backpack and bragging rights for […]

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