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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Phat Kat

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: 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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Listing: 5 Moments of Equilibrium from John Legend’s ‘Darkness and Light’

John Legend has always been one love song away from going off the deep end. His polished image, movie star looks and near-storybook life has made him an ideal figure in R&B, an artist comprised […]

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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: Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want It Darker’

Leonard Cohen has one speed: slow. It’s a baked in approach and the pace in which his 14th studio album You Want It Darker unfolds. In striking fashion, Cohen meticulously careens through gospel-tinged tunes, stopping only to reflect […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XLII

Were dangerously close to Election Day, so things are naturally antagonistic to a certain orange cheeto in a suit, with another hilarious cryptic shot from El Vy and a faux-news broadcast from Joseph Arthur. Otherwise, Swedish […]

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RIFF’d: The Game’s ‘1992’

The Game is the Red Lobster of rap; not altogether terrible, but cheap, easy and exactly what you’d expect every single time. His eighth studio album 1992 contains all the familiar flavors and dishes that […]

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RIFF’d: Norah Jones’ ‘Day Breaks’

As far as genres go few have been as unfairly categorized as jazz; relegated to the past and unfairly represented by cheap copycats. But things have changed, the past two years alone have seen a cavalry […]

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