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Notes from Mr. Sandman: R.A. the Rugged Man

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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Bill O’Reilly Blames Hip-Hop for Decline in Christianity

Leave it to Bill O’Reilly (and Fox News for that matter) to continue to be the voice of idiots nationwide, a bum’s ass of a man who represents the worst of America. In one of his most […]

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What We Learned from Killer Mike’s Appearance on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’

Let’s start the campaign now: Killer Mike should without question be an official ambassador of hip-hop. The 40-year-old rising icon has the credibility, the knowledge and perspective, and can wrap his mind around social concepts without having to resort to […]

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RIFF’D: Snoop Dogg’s ‘Bush’

With over two decade’s worth of music to his credit, 13 solo albums and numerous guest spots, Snoop Dogg has immortalized himself in popular culture, a surefire lock for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Zion I

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: Vursatyl

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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Rap Riot Act: 5 Tracks that Find a Message in Rage

During the Baltimore riots Dimitri Reeves, a singer and dancer from the Baltimore area was filmed impersonating Michael Jackson, dancing enthusiastically to the song “Beat It.” It must have been an unorthodox sight, especially when in […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Wise Intelligent

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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Kanye’s Paper Mag Essay and Compromising Lyrics

Just when you think Kanye West couldn’t get any more self-congratulatory he up and writes a personal essay for Paper Mag that essentially crystallizes his egomaniacal ways, stopping just short of calling himself a god (again). […]

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RIFF’d: Raekwon’s ‘Fly International Luxurious Art’

Raekwon is a textbook case of how to extend the life of a career. Since he dropped his solo album back in ’95 he’s worked hard to maintain his creative integrity, never selling out for […]

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