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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Raphael Saadiq

Introducing ‘Notes from Mr. Sandman‘ — a column slapping a spotlight on lyricists overlooked, under appreciated, or just plain criminally slept on. Or like a man named Nas once said, “I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” Enter […]

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RIFF’D: Frank Ocean’s ‘Blond’

Frank Ocean‘s Blond is an appropriate follow up to Channel Orange. Instead of releasing a predictable and formulaic sequel, which would have been the easy thing to do he dove deep into his experiences as […]

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Rio2016 May Have its Controversies, but Brazil will Always Have These Songs

Rio 2016 has been mired in controversy; unsanitary living conditions, corruption and a blatant disregard for human rights have all overshadowed the olympic event. The negative headlines are overwhelming, but it shouldn’t take away from Brazil’s […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Dessa

Introducing ‘Notes from Mr. Sandman‘ – a column slapping a spotlight on lyricists overlooked, under appreciated, or just plain criminally slept on. Or like a man named Nas once said, “I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” […]

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RIFF’D: Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals’ ‘Call it What it Is’

Ben Harper is the diner food of pop music; offers a little bit of everything, but isn’t particular good at any one thing. For his 13th studio album Call It What It Is he takes his […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Proh Mic

Introducing ‘Notes from Mr. Sandman‘ – a column slapping a spotlight on lyricists overlooked, under appreciated, or just plain criminally slept on. Or like a man named Nas once said, “I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” […]

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RIFF’D: Charles Bradley’s ‘Changes’

Charles Bradley is an old soul trying to navigate his way through a new unforgiving landscape. Ten years ago he might have been shunned, but thanks to Daptone and its work with Sharon Jones and Lee Fields […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Leaps from Adrian Younge’s ‘Something About April II’

Adrian Younge is one of the most well respected producers in the underground soul scene; he’s worked with marquee names like Ghostface Killah, Souls of Mischief and the Delfonics. His biggest challenge, however, has not been popularity. […]

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RIFF’d: Gary Clark Jr.’s ‘The Story of Sonny Boy Slim’

Gary Clark Jr. is not going to let us just label him ‘that guy from Austin who’s really, really good at guitar’. Or, alternately ‘that black guy from Austin…’, since bluesy guitar work has become a […]

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RIFF’d: Bilal’s ‘In Another Life’

Bilal has never been one to sit still for too long; he’s a stylistic chameleon that changes perspective regularly. Each album in his 15-year career has been different than the other, In Another Life, the NYC […]

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