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Music, Rap and Bullshit

Rap and Bullshit

As one of contemporary R&B's brightest stars, John Legend possesses Grammys and hits galore. But could he be any blander? His twinkling tunes about love and relationships are at best serviceable, and lyrically he treads the same ground as a…
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Music, Mixtape  Shmixtape

Mixtape Shmixtape

Making mixtapes is a daunting, competitive field that requires real creativity to stand out from the pack. It's not always enough to have prereleased tracks or a big-name artist hosting the session. Those who turn left as others go right…
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Music, Reviewed Cornell Campbell

Cornell Campbell

Although hard-core fans of reggae's golden era have generally come to grips with Jamaica's 15-year-old dancehall revolution, many still see a glaring lack of singing talent in today's scene. Oh, they recognize the impact of such recent crooners as Luciano…
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Music, Reviewed Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers

Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers

In 1957, the gospel music world was rent asunder with the revelation that Sam Cooke, the 26-year-old lead vocalist of the renowned Soul Stirrers, had sold out and gone pop. Today's listeners may be mystified to learn of the ancient…
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