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RIFF’d: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’

With his fourth studio album DAMN., Kendrick Lamar takes another herculean leap towards rap immortality. Whereas To Pimp A Butterfly was more politically outspoken, DAMN is more introspective, a reexamination of core values. It is […]

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RIFF’d: Joey Bada$$’ ‘ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$’

On his second studio album All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, Joey Bada$$ shows the world what it means to be a patriot. Having already delayed the album once, he looked at this as an opportunity to pen an open letter […]

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RIFF’d: Jamiroquai’s ‘Automaton’

After a seven-year hiatus Jamiroquai is back, but instead of bringing something fresh to the table he’s serving up bland, featureless emotions; like an egg, smooth but with no distinguishable characteristics. As one of the most […]

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RIFF’d: Raekwon’s ‘The Wild’

On his seventh studio album, The Wild, Raekwon is an unstoppable force. A lyrical juggernaut with a full head of steam. He is motivated, well rested and inspired in ways that have him going miles beyond […]

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RIFF’d: Rick Ross’ ‘Rather You Than Me’

With his ninth effort, Rather You Than Me, Rick Ross has revealed yet another telling chapter in his growing legacy. After several health scares, some of which put his life at serious risk, he adopted a […]

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RIFF’d: The Shins’ ‘Heartworms’

The Shins aren’t the type to rush inspiration, and for their fifth studio album Heartworms they take essentially the same approach; slowly crafting a narrative that says a lot without revealing too much. The biggest […]

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RIFF’d: Dirty Projectors’ ‘Dirty Projectors’

After a five-year hiatus, the Dirty Projectors return with their most heartbreaking album yet. There is no mincing words on their self-titled project, it is a self-analytical piece inspired exclusively by the break-up and recovery process. […]

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RIFF’d: Jens Lekmen’s ‘Life Will See You Now’

Jens Lekman‘s fourth studio album Life Will See You Now is a lesson in humility. He’s an atypical pop star, and isn’t afraid to be as odd and vulnerable as he wants to be. It’s a […]

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RIFF’d: Lupe Fiasco’s ‘DROGAS Light’

Despite threats of retirement, Chicago’s prodigal son Lupe Fiasco returns with his sixth studio album Drogas Light. It is the first in a trilogy of albums, and is admittedly not comprised of new material. That […]

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RIFF’d: Big Sean’s ‘I Decide’

Big Sean‘s fourth studio album I Decided, is one man’s transformation from wide-eyed greenhorn to young man on the brink of maturity, a creative coming-of-age story that most rapper’s never get to see. Big Sean made it […]

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