<![CDATA[It's a signpost of any trend's maturity when it becomes unshackled by the genre conventions that previously came to define it. Hip-hop has gone through this plenty of times… hip-hop started as party music, created by DJs who played beat breaks over and over and amused the crowd with rhyming chants, then it turned into…

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<![CDATA[With her latest record, recording artist and worship leader Nikki Lerner is aiming to get some things off her chest. Not in the I’m-angry-and-I-just-need-to-vent sense, but in the these-are-the-things-I-think-about-all-the-time-but-now-I’m-actually-going-to-say-them-out-loud sense … hence the album’s title, The Things We Never Say. And my sense, after both listening to the record and talking to her directly (FULL DISCLOSURE: she…

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