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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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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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RIFF’d: Foxygen’s ‘Hang’

Foxygen‘s fifth studio album Hang plays out like a soundtrack to a movie that not only doesn’t exist, but one that no one wants to see made. From beginning to end it is weighed down […]

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RIFF’d: The xx’s ‘I See You’

The xx‘s third studio album I See You is an ambitious and dogged march towards liberation. All that has hampered them since becoming international pop stars airs out in ten masterfully crafted songs. They embrace everything […]

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RIFF’d: J. Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only’

J. Cole‘s fourth studio album 4 Your Eyez Only is mired in anxiety and apprehension. A project that presents more questions than answers. Gone are the nostalgic moments of yesteryear, in its place, the grim […]

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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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