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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Camu Tao

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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Vox Traces the Evolution of Hip-Hop Lyricism

Some say that rhyming is an inexact science, which is partly true. On the surface it’s an expression of pure instinct, but when broken down it’s far more complex. In a recent profile with Open […]

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Someone Mashed Up ‘Rick and Morty’ with Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’

Not all mashups are created equal, some not even worth the time it takes to click the link. But every once in a while you stumble across a gem, including a recent one involving Kendrick […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Denizen Kane

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: Homeboy Sandman’s ‘Kindness For Weakness’

Homeboy Sandman is someone you want to root for. He’s got a great work ethic, he’s not afraid of the big stage, and he has a pedigree that any hip-hop fan can appreciate. Add a […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Luniz

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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RIFF’D: A$AP Ferg’s ‘Always Strive and Prosper

A$AP Ferg‘s sophomore album Always Strive and Prosper is a vast departure from his debut Trap Lord. It has him expanding upon personal narratives in ways that reflect a supreme confidence in both himself and his […]

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RIFF’D: Aesop Rock’s ‘The Impossible Kid’

Aesop Rock is as animated as they come, almost on the verge of being verbose. His latest album The Impossible Kid represents an important shift in perspective; it’s the most straightforward and transparent he’s ever been, analyzing everything […]

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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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