Classic Artist of the Week: Roberta Flack

Hailing from Black Mountain, North Carolina, this week’s Riff’s & Rhymes Classic Artist is revered singer Roberta Flack. A revered vocalist whose popularity largely hinges on The Fugees’ rendition of her song “Killing Me Softly,” Flack’s deep catalog of near perfect jazz-pop albums paired with her stunning voice, make her one of the most essential … Continue reading Classic Artist of the Week: Roberta Flack

Paradox and ReFlex the Architect trade motivational bars on new collaboration “Persistence”

Since its very inception in the 1970s, hip-hop has possessed the innate ability to to take a particular story and transcend it into universal language. It's no secret that some of the greatest rap music ever has been born out of adversity and the necessity to overcome obstacles, a timeless sentiment that resonates on a … Continue reading Paradox and ReFlex the Architect trade motivational bars on new collaboration “Persistence”

Lyric of the Week: Gang Starr – Moment of Truth

Lyric: Looking at the situation plainly, will you remain G or will you be looked upon strangely? Song: Gang Starr - "Moment of Truth" Album: Moment of Truth (1998) Background: Often credited as the pioneers of jazz rap, Gang Starr originally started releasing demos in 1986 when Boston-born rapper Guru (then known as MC Keithy E), DJ 1, … Continue reading Lyric of the Week: Gang Starr – Moment of Truth

Album Review: The Shorelines – Head Arrangements

As the new decade approaches, California indie rock continues to exist in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. Out of the many coastal cities along CA's southern and central coasts, Santa Barbara's local scene is ripe with creative groups chipping away at developing something of a distinct sound. That narrative especially applies to The … Continue reading Album Review: The Shorelines – Head Arrangements

The Shorelines return with another entry in their growing catalog of lo-fi surf-jazz

Ahead of their recently announced third studio album Head Arrangements, Santa Barbara psych-rock duo The Shorelines returns with another entry in their catalog of lo-fi surf-jazz, on a new cut titled "Love Is Here." Intricately assembled and moderately paced, the track is gentle yet familiarly stimulating. The melody finds a balance between dueling instruments, with … Continue reading The Shorelines return with another entry in their growing catalog of lo-fi surf-jazz