Meet Your New Favorite Song: Sunday Candy

It started off a day like any other; I put a random Spotify playlist on shuffle, began my early commute, and mentally prepared myself for the day ahead. I was deep in thought (probably anticipating what I was going to eat for lunch) when the sounds of Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s nostalgic new […]

Why Kanye West is One of the Best Musical Artists of the Modern Era

There are some people who will have read this article title and completely disregard everything I am about to say. To those people, I can’t say anything except that they are too narrow-minded to see through the overdone and absurd tabloids that surround Mr. West. If they are too biased to hear and witness the […]

4 Essential Hip-Hop Albums of the 90’s

With the release of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, a new standard has been set for the rest of the genre. No longer is rap limited by their production or subject matter, a beautiful revelation for the old-school hip-hop fans who are tired of the commercialized, club/gangster songs of the early 00’s. Finally, a […]

To Pimp A Butterfly: a Musical Landmark

With Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar’s last release good kid m.A.A.d. city being one of the best hip-hop records since the 90’s Golden Era, I admit that I was a bit nervous about the release of To Pimp a Butterfly. In all honesty, his hit single “i” that dropped in the fall last year did not impress me […]

The Power of the N-Word

Although Allen Kingdom, a flame thrower, and the heavily censored version of Kanye West’s new song “All Day” were the main attractions at the Brit Awards last week, a bigger issue was resurfacing for the Chicago native and a majority of the hip-hop community. Images and video footage of Lionel Richie at the award ceremony […]

Racism, Rap and Why White America Does Not Want to Think About Them

Fox News is known to make thoughtless and harmful statements on contemporary American politics and culture, and this week it was Geraldo Rivera’s turn to spurn controversy over the popular news network. In an interview, he discussed his strong feelings against the hip-hop genre, claiming that it has “done more damage to black and brown people than […]

Drake Disappoints in Surprise Release This Past Week

Drake is a polarizing figure in the hip-hop community. Some artists praise him for his ability to sing and rap in his songs, combining elements of R&B into what is typically rap music. On the other hand, many other hip-hop figures consider him repetitive and overrated because he tends to sing more than rap in […]

From My Music Library to Yours

Have you ever loved a particular, more obscure artist? I mean, like REALLY loved them? Remember that tight feeling that you got in your chest when they started to gain popularity? Remember how you couldn’t breathe when you first heard them on the radio? Remember how pissed you were when they got their first headlining […]

Kanye’s “Black Skinhead” Vid-Slip: What Does it Mean for His Empire?

“Talent is God-given. Be humble,” said basketball Hall of Fame inductee John Wooden. “Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” The ubiquitous Kanye West comes to mind in the wake of Wooden’s wise words. The recently leaked “Black Skinhead” video—rather, a very rough cut of the video, which West claims was leaked before it […]

Despite the drama, Miley Cyrus is all about the music

The twenty-year old pop star takes to Twitter to let fans know about her upcoming album and dismisses haters all in one fell swoop. While the former Disney princess hasn’t released an album since 2010’s Can’t Be Tamed, a day rarely goes by without a headline highlighting Miley Cyrus. Instagram photos, breakup rumors, and now […]

Nicki Minaj, Rihanna release album covers

Intentional or not, competition among the artists is already underway. Rihanna unveiled the album art for her seventh full-length album, Unapologetic, via Twitter earlier today. The album cover features Rihanna nude from the waist up, with numerous emotionally charged words covering her body. “Love” covers her face, allowing her troubled expression to peek through. “Side […]

Album Review: Nas’ Life is Good, and so is His Music.

On July 13, 2012 rapper Nas released his eleventh album— Life Is Good. The nineteen-track project features artists such as Rick Ross, Anthony Hamilton, and Mary J. Blige. For Nas, this is an album of closure songs such as “Bye Baby”, which describes his relationship and marriage to Kelis. “Daughters” is about Nas’ struggle as […]

Interview: Myke Bogan

“Don’t call me a rapper cause that just don’t sound right, see rapper want plays and want to get paid not even make an impact just want to get round type, but me I’m bout hip hop” -Myke Bogan. He is unlike anything you have heard before and has brought the 90s hip-hop sound back. […]

Interview: Dizzy SenZe

On June 28th I sat down with one of my best friends and underground MC, Dizzy SenZe. She is nineteen years old and has been rapping since the very young age of five. Her origins are child hood are split between The Bronx and Queens. In the last few years she has been heavily involved […]

Bringing Rap to the Last Frontier

You probably haven’t heard the name Lonnie Dangerous, but he has the number one album of the year in Alaska. The album, “Just the Tip”, showcases other Alaskan artists and promotes the hip hop life in Alaska. People do not believe that Alaska has any good hip hop rappers, however, the album shows all races […]

Controversy of the Game

One of the most highlighted sports in the U.S. is the NBA. The audience cheers on their favorite team and ridicules the other.  In recent years there has been a major controversy in the game with pay. The players had a lockout and the season got pushed back much farther than expected. Some players like […]