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RIFF’d: Ghostface Killah’s ’36 Seasons’

Ghostface Killah‘s 11th studio album 36 Seasons couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. A Better Tomorrow was a disaster and Wu fans desperately needed a reason to believe again. For Ghostface – the first […]

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RIFF’d: Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘A Better Tomorrow’

Wu-Tang is lovable by default. Their place in rap lore is so ingrained in the pop psyche that you don’t actually have to know a whole lot about them to be a fan. They’ve transcended, […]

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RIFF’d: Pitbull’s ‘Globalization’

We should be thankful that an artist like Pitbull and an album like Globalization exists, otherwise we might forget about the ruse going on all around us, the force-feeding of homogenized, genetically modified hot garbage to […]

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RIFF’d: TV on the Radio’s ‘Seeds’

TV on the Radio for the longest time could do no wrong. Everything they touched was gold, a Midas touch that has sustained them for over decade. That is until their fifth studio album Seeds […]

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RIFF’d: Foo Fighters’ ‘Sonic Highways’

Foo Fighters might be the modern era’s Rolling Stones. Their near two-decades nonstop commercial success makes them as close to an institutional dynasty as any rock band we’ve got. Red Hot Chili Peppers come close, […]

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RIFF’d: T.I.’s ‘Paperwork: The Motion Picture’

T.I.‘s ninth studio album, Paper Work: The Motion Picture, marks an important turning point in the 34-year-old rapper’s career – a goodbye to Atlantic, who he had been with for ten years to start anew with Columbia, teaming […]

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RIFF’d: Prince & 3rdeyegirl’s ‘Plectrumelectrum’

As an aging megastar, Prince is taking measured steps towards a new phase in his professional life. Plectrumelectrum is him acting as player-coach, familiarizing himself as a behind-the-scenes guy while still being able to break ankles on the court, a […]

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RIFF’d: U2′s ‘Songs of Innocence’

Ahh, the journalistic goldmine that only a washed-up, self-parodying act with unmatched misplaced self-importance can provide. From U2‘s new position as the Apple house band, to the automatic (and un-consensual) addition of their new album to your […]

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RIFF’d: Interpol’s ‘El Pintor’

El Pintor is as Interpol as they’ve ever been. Perhaps that’s why, given that they’d already done a self-titled, they went with an anagram of their band name for this record, their fifth. Banks is […]

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RIFF’d: Young Jeezy’s ‘Seen It All: The Autobiography’

Despite being arrested on gun charges, Young Jeezy’s 7th studio album ,Seen it All: The Autobiography, is slated to be released as scheduled. It’s a situation with serious implications, so nothing to scoff at, but convenient in […]

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