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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Big Daddy Kane

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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Man Quits Job (He Never Actually Had) with Rousing Rap Performance

Cedrick Workuff of Kansas City, Missouri quits his ‘job’ at Popeyes; Photo: YouTube We all at one point or another have had a crappy job that we kept because well we needed it. The good […]

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Lyricapsule: RIP Ian Curtis; May 18, 1980

Post-punk poster boy Ian Curtis took his life on this day back in 1980, halting the momentum of Joy Division‘s first American tour, of which the band was set to embark on the following day. Curtis’ […]

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YBN Cordae Addresses Generational Divide with ‘Old Ni**as’

YBN Cordae in the official video for ‘1985 (Intro to the ‘Fall Off’)’; Photo: YBN Cordae/YouTube J. Cole‘s latest album KOD has been lauded by critics, but there are a slew of rappers who aren’t […]

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Video Surfaces of a Young Jada Pinkett Criticizing Eazy-E over His Lyrics

Jada Pinkett Smith on Live L.A. in the ’90s, with Eazy-E; Photo: Instagram Jada Pinkett Smith isn’t the type to sit quiet, when she has something on her mind and she’s passionate about it be ready […]

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Lyricapsule: The Beach Boys Drop ‘Pet Sounds’; May 16, 1966

One of the defining albums of the progression of rock, The Beach Boys‘ Pet Sounds dropped today in 1966. All at once signifying mastermind Brian Wilson’s decent into his own mind hell whilst raising the orchestral bar for […]

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Lyricapsule: Nolan Ryan Pitches His First No-Hitter; May 15, 1973

Nolan Ryan pitches his first no-no or the California Angels on May 15, 1973; Photo: AnglesWinBlog.com “The Ryan Express” a.k.a. baseball pitching elite, Nolan Ryan, pitched his first no-no on this day in 1973 against […]

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Rita Ora Apologizes for Lyrics, Comes Out as Bisexual

Photo: Instagram Rita Ora has issued an apology for lyrics that were deemed by some to be offensive to the LGBTQ community. The song “Girls” which features pop stars Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe […]

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RIFF’d: Beach House’s ‘7’

For their latest album 7, Beach House decided that they were going to step away from over-production and let a more intuitive process take over. The result is a fluid effort that attempts to frame […]

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André 3000 Honors His Mother with Two New Songs

Photo: Outkast.com/André 3000 via Instagram Mother’s Day has come and gone, but André 3000 has proven that every day is an opportunity to honor mom. On May 13th the relatively reclusive star dropped two tracks […]

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