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RIFF’d: Bell Biv DeVoe’s ‘Three Stripes’

After 16 long years Bell Biv DeVoe make a not-so-triumphant return with a new studio album Three Stripes. It comes at the heels of a lauded BET profile of New Edition, which in the end […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Anthony Hamilton

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: Amp Fiddler

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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SONGLYRICS Presents: Lyricist of the Year – De La Soul

If you follow hip-hop culture long enough one thing you’ll notice is how easily rap collectives can dissolve. It’s natural, happens to the best; egos, money, fame, creative differences, it all factors in. Staying together in […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Raphael Saadiq

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.” Enter […]

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Listing: 5 Moments of Equilibrium from John Legend’s ‘Darkness and Light’

John Legend has always been one love song away from going off the deep end. His polished image, movie star looks and near-storybook life has made him an ideal figure in R&B, an artist comprised […]

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RIFF’d: The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’

There are no surprises on The Weeknd‘s third studio album Starboy. Everything is mapped out in plain English, a one dimensional plan than even the most casual fan can follow. He delves yet again into […]

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RIFF’d: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’

Bruno Mars‘ third studio album 24K Magic is a feeble attempt at interpreting ’80s pop. Normally he thrives in these situations with a touch that has made him something of a golden-boy. Unfortunately he doesn’t invest […]

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RIFF’d: Usher’s ‘Hard II Love’

Usher is something of an ageless wonder. He dips off the radar for years, only to reappear stronger, more potent than ever. He cultivates his experiences and then seamlessly transforms them into pop masterpieces, never […]

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Rio2016 May Have its Controversies, but Brazil will Always Have These Songs

Rio 2016 has been mired in controversy; unsanitary living conditions, corruption and a blatant disregard for human rights have all overshadowed the olympic event. The negative headlines are overwhelming, but it shouldn’t take away from Brazil’s […]

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