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Album Review: Blanket by Kevin Abstract

By Ariana Mendoza Music Journalist Kevin Abstract, best known as a member of the popular rap group Brockhampton, has released his fourth solo studio album, ‘Blanket.’ This is the first record we see from him after the band’s indefinite hiatus. Mostly known for his rapping and experimental productions, Kevin Abstract introduces this new album with a grunge and rock side to it. With the album rolling out, it left many […]

todayNovember 14, 2023 36

An orange banner with cartoon ghost and bats saying, “The Spookiest Rap Halloween Playlist.”


The spookiest rap playlist

Ariana Mendoza Music Journalist  Halloween is here! While haunted houses and costumes are essential, the right playlist is still necessary. This one is different from your average monster mash. Whether you’re having a spooky night in or partying the night away, these spine-tingling rap tracks from the darker side of hip-hop can level up your Halloween game. "Nightmare" by Offset and Metro Boomin To start our haunted playlist, we have […]

todayOctober 31, 2023 45 1

A collage of three Latino Artist Album covers. Afrika Bambaataa (Top Left), Kid Frost (Bottom Left), Bad Bunny (Right side)


Latinx cultural influence in hip-hop

By Ariana Mendoza Music Journalist  Hip-hop has always been a melting pot of cultures, voices, and experiences. Latinx artists have always been making significant impacts in the world of hip-hop. By challenging stereotypes and pushing for greater Latin representation in the industry. Latinx culture has transformed, reinvented, and birthed the hip-hop genre. Of course, the genre is a product of African American culture, but it is also Afro-Caribbean and Latino […]

todayOctober 16, 2023 39

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Album Review

Brockhampton’s Iridescence: 5th anniversary Album Review

By Ariana Mendoza Music Journalist   In honor of the 5th anniversary of Brockhampton’s fourth studio album, Iridescence, let us revisit and delve into this album of the 15-member boy band that once was. Brockhampton, a hip-hop rap group founded here in San Marcos, Texas, released this 15-track project on Sept. 21, 2018. This is the first album the band released following the controversy surrounding former member Ameer Vann, who departed […]

todaySeptember 29, 2023 36


Sampled 70’s music in Hip-Hop & Rap

By Ariana Mendoza Music Journalist The 1970’s stands as a golden era of innovation and experimental music. This period in musical history birthed iconic grooves, mesmerizing melodies and soulful harmonies that continue to resonate with listeners across generations. 70’s music continues to live on through modern music, shaping the sound of modern day hip-hop and rap. Many samples from the 1970’s have found new life in the beats of today’s […]

todaySeptember 12, 2023 149 2


Songs of the Summer 2023

By Ariana Mendoza Music Journalist With the end of summer approaching and school sneaking up on us all. It is time to look back at all the music we were gifted with. From fresh releases to the classics, here are the songs that have been in my rotation these past few months.   Newbies: First song on my list is “4EVA” by KAYTRAMINÉ featuring Pharrell Williams     This duo […]

todayAugust 12, 2023 881 1

the album cover of FORWARD, Jordan Ward with sunglasses and his hair in his face


Jordan Ward Rises to Fame: An upcoming Hip-Hop Phenomenon

By Ariana Mendoza Music Journalist In the vibrant and diverse world of hip-hop and R&B, the emergence of true artists that have created a unique path for themselves is nothing like Jordan Ward has. From his early days of being a professional dancer in competitions in his hometown to big arenas with A-list music artists. Jordan Ward has become a new refreshing face in the music scene and gives an […]

todayJuly 26, 2023 99 3

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Doja Cat Enters a New Era of Transformation

By Ariana Mendoza Music Journalist Doja Cat has just dropped her latest single and music video, “Attention”. This song shows us a new side of Doja and gives us something we’ve never seen in her usual music. Attention is more of a traditional 90’s rap and hip-hop record. The music video even includes some 90’s visuals and wardrobe. While Doja had addressed, she was going to change her style, many […]

todayJuly 15, 2023 66 1

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KTSW Loves: Daughter of the Wild

By Ariana Mendoza Community Outreach Coordinator During the month of February, I got the chance to interview Daughter of the Wild (DOTW) for KTSW Loves. DOTW is 10 years old this year and has already been nominated for three awards. Nikkye Re’Anne, the owner, describes her business as, “A nexus of many of my interests ranging from plants, geology, jewelry making, vintage & antique + some.” She first started this […]

todayMarch 28, 2023 102 3

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