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RIFF’d: J. Cole’s ‘KOD’

Simply put J. Cole‘s newest album KOD is about relationships: relationships with family, friends, fans, business associates, god and most importantly himself. He analyzes each with a critical mind, and the necessity behind catering to […]

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RIFF’d: Tinashe’s ‘Joyride’

After numerous delay’s Tinashe has tentatively come forward with her third studio album Joyride. As expected, the hold up threw a monkey wrench into the equation as the album’s narrative is disjointed and at times […]

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RIFF’d: CZARFACE & MF Doom’s ‘Czarface Meets Metal Face!’

On Czarface Meets Metal Face!, Czarface (7L & Esoteric and Inspectah Deck) and MF Doom explode in a cosmic supernova, a crossover tantamount to when the Harlem Globetrotters teamed up with Scooby-Doo. Pop culture references […]

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RIFF’d: Toni Braxton’s ‘Sex & Cigarettes’

Not one to lie dormant, Toni Braxton is always in the lab. Her latest effort Sex & Cigarettes is an edgier body of work that shines a spotlight on break-ups. In just eight songs she […]

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RIFF’d: Snoop Dogg’s ‘Bible of Love’

Snoop Dogg is a brilliant lyricist and businessman who understands the advantages of thoughtful collaborations and opportunistic branding. He is the king of an empire, and his latest effort Bible of Love is a continuation […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Lando Chill

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: August Greene’s ‘August Greene’

August Greene is a meeting ground for three luminaries: rapper Common, pianist Robert Glasper, and drummer/producer Karriem Riggins. Their self-titled effort is a collection of psalms that encourages the weary spirit to move forward, a […]

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RIFF’d: Andrew W.K.’s ‘You’re Not Alone

After an eight-year hiatus, the always bombastic Andrew W.K. has returned with yet another high octane project, one that aims for the highest of plateaus. The lyrical foundation is the party lifestyle (which is par […]

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RIFF’d: Tyga’s ‘Kyoto’

Tyga‘s newest album Kyoto is a project that has the young lyricist opening up like he never has before. The past few years have been mired in controversy and gossip, and Kyoto was his chance to not […]

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RIFF’d: MGMT’s ‘Little Dark Age’

MGMT‘s Little Dark Age is a back to basics album that softly tackles a litany of issues (both personal and social) without overstating the obvious. The writing is relatively mild, but by MGMT’s standards it’s […]

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