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RIFF’d: Nas’ ‘Nasir’

When you’re as well established as Nas you can do anything you want and not have to answer to anybody. He’s a legend who has built an empire upon a standard of excellence and instead […]

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RIFF’d: Lilly Allen’s ‘No Shame’

Lily Allen‘s fourth studio album No Shame is a celebration of self-discovery. She’s never been one to sit quiet and once again she’s taking a stab at all those who’ve slighted her. What’s different than […]

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RIFF’d: Pusha T’s ‘Daytona’

Pusha T‘s third studio album, Daytona, is a stripped down effort with nothing but malice, rage and bravado as its foundation. In just seven songs Pusha T reasserts his credibility as a drug kingpin turned rap […]

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RIFF’d: Ray LaMontagne’s ‘Part of The Light’

Ray LaMontagne‘s newest album Part of the Light is a reassertion of values. It is a straightforward, plain-speaking album that doesn’t mince words. He’s taking a stand against hate and ignorance, and equipping the album […]

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RIFF’d: Leon Bridges’ ‘Good Thing’

Leon Bridges‘ second full-length album Good Thing is a break in form, a venture that has him reaching into uncharted territory. For fans of Coming Home it’ll be a departure from his Otis Redding-like approach to […]

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RIFF’d: Janelle Monáe’s ‘Dirty Computer’

As a Bad Boy protégé, Janelle Monae has since day one been groomed to be an entertainer. The path that has been chartered for her has propelled her into the spotlight, but has not made […]

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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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