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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: A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service’

The truth is We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service should have happened years ago, when Phife was alive. And while hypotheticals do nothing other than rouse the spirit into ‘what if’ […]

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RIFF’d: Common’s ‘Black America Again’

After toying around for nearly a decade Common has finally put together a proper full length. Black America Again is clear in its stance, an album that addresses political and social controversies head on. With a […]

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RIFF’d: Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want It Darker’

Leonard Cohen has one speed: slow. It’s a baked in approach and the pace in which his 14th studio album You Want It Darker unfolds. In striking fashion, Cohen meticulously careens through gospel-tinged tunes, stopping only to reflect […]

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RIFF’d: The Game’s ‘1992’

The Game is the Red Lobster of rap; not altogether terrible, but cheap, easy and exactly what you’d expect every single time. His eighth studio album 1992 contains all the familiar flavors and dishes that […]

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RIFF’d: Norah Jones’ ‘Day Breaks’

As far as genres go few have been as unfairly categorized as jazz; relegated to the past and unfairly represented by cheap copycats. But things have changed, the past two years alone have seen a cavalry […]

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RIFF’d: Ty Dolla $ign’s ‘Campaign’

Despite the title, Ty Dolla $ign‘s latest mixtape Campaign is not about politics. The way it opens might suggest it, but in a flash it descends into a sloppy display of freewheeling debauchery. On the surface there […]

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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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RIFF’D: Atmosphere’s ‘Fishing Blues’

This deep into their career Atmosphere has very little to prove. They’re icons and built an empire in one of the last places you’d expect hip-hop to thrive. They’ve proven that it’s true: greatness can […]

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