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RIFF’d: Savages’ ‘Adore Life’

The title of Savages’ Adore Life is almost a disclaimer, or a preemptive self-explanation. Lyricist Jehnny Beth is fascinated, if not obsessed, with the power and drawbacks of love, and she’s in love with life […]

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RIFF’d: David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’

David Bowie‘s 69th birthday marked his 26th solo studio album. Little did some of us know that ‘★’ (more commonly called Blackstar) would be his mortal swan song. It’s an album full of metaphors from old plays, references […]

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Op-Ed: Killer Mike’s Supreme Court Lyric Precedent is More Than Just About Rap

Over the past few years Michael Render (a.k.a. Killer Mike) has emerged as one of the most outspoken artists in rap, vocal both on and off the stage against civil rights violations. He’s written spirited […]

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SONGLYRICS Presents: The Top 10 Albums of 2015

As with our 50-track, best-of-2015 mosaic, so go some of the finest voices we heard silencing, or in some cases loudening, the world’s consistent attempt to destroy itself. Kendrick Lamar, our pick for Lyricist of the Year, stretches […]

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SONGLYRICS Presents: Lyricist of the Year – Kendrick Lamar

When Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City dropped the rap world christened Kendrick Lamar as a god, the next Nas or Rakim. A phenom that was to be rap’s savior. Skeptics weren’t so sure, speculation as to […]

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SONGLYRICS Presents: The Top 50 Lyrics of 2015

Like 2014 before it, here we are in another year with another landmark statement on humanity by Kendrick Lamar again, Father John Misty sending up America and the state of the system that spawned him, undercut by some […]

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SONGLYRICS Presents: The Top 10 Lyric Videos of 2015

It’s easy to loathe the lyric video. For a while, all we had were the most mind-numbing one-dimensional interpretations of an artist’s craft. Stuff that looked created in the 3-D text software included in a ’97 […]

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RIFF’d: Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full of Dreams’

Coldplay continue to slowly U2 on A Head Full of Dreams. However, they also continue to predictably dabble in light plagiarism and all the latest Top 40 fads, so they are able to retain more relevance […]

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RIFF’d: Freddie Gibbs’ ‘Shadow of a Doubt’

Only one year removed from one of the best rap albums of the decade and Freddie Gibbs casually walks up to the plate and belts one clear over the left-field bleachers; two back-to-back homeruns without breaking […]

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Listing: Adele’s Gonna Adele on ’25’

Pop audiences’ feverish anticipation has come to a frothing point: Adele has not only released perhaps the most covered and remixed single of the year, but 25 has now leaked. It’s, exactly, what you’d expect, really […]

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