Lyric Riffs

Mar 21, 2018

You knew you had such a beautiful brain/But no one understood you/You only saw one way to escape/But I wish you didn’t have to/But through the cracks the light came shining/Like the biggest brightest diamond/Through the cracks/When you disbursed/And became the whole universe

from Thru the Cracks lyrics by King Tuff

Rallying up the all-star guest spot crew for his fifth and most introspective record to date, The Other, garage rock vet King Tuff enlists old homies Ty Segall on drums and Jenny Lewis on backing vocals to sparkle up a woozy-psych rock c’est la vie of an homage to another old friend who took his own life a couple years ago. Kissed with some “The Man in Me” la-las and some lap-steel tapped straight from a desert wind pocket, Tuff dishes out a beautiful heel-stomp cathartic sermon from the cosmic side of the heart that borrows a little knowledge from the late Leonard Cohen, in which the world’s cracks are necessary to allow the to light get through.

Mar 20, 2018

I play 3-6 and get mad respect/But I’m feeling worthless/No money because I’m worthless/This the real world, what the fuck you was expecting

from Class Pictures lyrics by Chuck Strangers

A gifted lyricist comes off the Pro Era bench to provide a spark. He’s the Jamal Crawford of the collective, lighting up ill-informed knuckleheads with thoughtful raps about what life is really like. His portrait is not a flattering one, but it’s also not pessimistic; he’s simply being as real as he can and sharing his vision. For Strangers, what’s considered essentials for the average person wasn’t a guarantee for him; simply keeping the lights on was a challenge. Experiencing that type of adversity at such a young age helped school him on how life is for a young black man. Confronting that harsh reality makes the rap game look like child’s play, and he’s not slowing down for anyone.


Mar 20, 2018

I’m just being me, never switching for the bucks/I’m in y’all’s plan so I’m something no man can touch/I been going ham like I’m playing in the clutch/Got the Kyrie step back when actors acting up

from Driftin' lyrics by Bishop Nehru

Kaytranada hard boils a bass-heavy beat so the Don can break down his process. It’s an intuitive method that has Bishop drawing inspiration from a number of different sources—from his likes and dislikes to the haters and fans. The fluidity of his flow has him sounding like a veteran, and he’s comparing his skills to another young superstar (but from a different field), Kyrie Irving. Both stars share the same hunger for greatness, and their competitive nature makes them a leader among their peers. For Bishop it’s a massive step forward as he’s proven once and for all that he’s not just a “throwback;” he’s a phenom that can boogie with virtually any style.


Mar 19, 2018

When my words are few/Things ain’t what they seem/Feeling like I’m fooling me/I know god is calling me

from Words Are Few lyrics by Snoop Dogg

Uncle Snoop stretches his legs and professes his struggles with faith. It’s been a long road, and he hasn’t exactly been a saint throughout it. Deep down inside, however, he’s always heard the call and when his words fail he knows that the lord is trying to tell him something. The commitment god has had towards him is humbling, and all he’s looking to do is return the favor.


Mar 19, 2018

I see you playing games with that smile on your face/I see you playing games with that smile on your face/It takes a dedicated person to run this race/You got to be dedicated to run this race

from Voices of Praise lyrics by Snoop Dogg

Pastor Snoop reminds the congregation that the race to heaven is a long one, and that in order to make it through to the end one needs to be disciplined. It starts with confession and making sure you are honest with yourself; that way you aren’t the cause of your own fall. He then goes on to explain that vanity and ego will distort the truth, and if you trust in the lord all will be taken care of.


Mar 19, 2018

I was stuck on that phone call/Tom Petty waiting on a free fall/Sometimes we brace/And then fall

from Brace lyrics by Twin Shadow

Taking a page from the age-old sentiment, ‘if you love ’em, let ’em go,’ George Lewis, Jr. unleashes an airy, pop-soul lover’s lament nugget from his fourth record, Caer. In a press release, Lewis, Jr. divulged he took the name of the record from the Spaniards, which means ‘to fall’, explaining further in statement on moving through different phases in life, “I always feel like I’m standing on the edge of a cliff, looking down and thinking, ‘This is the only way forward: onto the next thing’. It’s sort of destructive, but I guess I thrive on rebirth.” A boiling over of this sentiment, “Brace” shadows a sunny set of synth fills like Prince hijacking an early Mariah Carey joint, Lewis, Jr. chasing that perfect blend of darkness meeting the light, complete with a little electric Top Gun guitar fill at the end for charm.


Mar 19, 2018

What will I do, what can I say/I pray the day is the day/If I can change the world, I’d probably rush your problems away/Find cures for diseases, increasing the peace

from Change the World lyrics by Snoop Dogg

Over a g-funk beat, Snoop unleashes his action plan for reform. It’s a simple plan, but one that has plenty of heart. He wants to eradicate disease and bring peace to the streets, and knows that in order to do that he’s going to need some divine intervention. Kindness of that magnitude doesn’t fly in a world where suffering is so profitable, but Snoop believes that god can solve all things.


Mar 19, 2018

I don’t know nobody I can run to/So now I’m callin’ on Jesus/And I know he’ll bring me through/Woah yeah, now I’m right down on my knees

from Call Him lyrics by Snoop Dogg

When times get tough, there’s only one person to call upon: Jesus. Fred Hammond is proclaiming that Christ is the only person he needs when it comes to adversity, and with him at the helm anything is possible. There is nothing more important than Jesus’ love, and with his help he can conquer all of life’s problems. It’s not an easy relationship to maintain, but one he’s always got time for.


Mar 19, 2018

You cannot have the crown without the cross/I’m talkin about somewhere in your life there is a cross/That drives you to the Father/Ladies and gentlemen

from Crown lyrics by Snoop Dogg

No crown is earned without having to cross through the fire. It’s a rite of passage that every king and queen must endure in their life, and no one is immune. To walk through it with integrity is key, and in order to do that Uncle Snoop and company is explaining that the presence of the lord is imperative. They are promoting god as the ultimate guide, a force who will never let you down.


Mar 19, 2018

When it’s all over/I should wear a crown/I should wear a big ol crown, yes/When it’s all over

from When It's All Over lyrics by Snoop Dogg

Patti LaBelle rears back and swings for the fences. She’s taking a broad approach to proclaiming the word, explaining how when she passes she will be met at the gates of heaven by the lord. Its presence will bring her peace and solace in a time of transition, and with it on her side she’ll be crowned a queen. She doesn’t go too in-depth, but her angelic crooning captures all that needs to be said.