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Music

The Songs of My Semester 

By Christopher BrockerHip-hop Director  “Big Boss Rabbit” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NabmJWtYK5c Indiana native Freddie Gibbs returned with this single “Big Boss Rabbit”. Gibbs’ Alfredo was recently Grammy-nominated for rap album of the year. However, the project lost to Nas’ King’s Disease produced by Hit-Boy. The beat samples Nas’s “You’re Da Man” from his 2001 album Stillmatic. The intro samples Mike Tyson declaring his greatness in a post-fight interview. The beat has a bouncy trap beat that is similar […]

todayMay 15, 2021 3

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Interviews

Interviewing Music Journalist, Producer and Artist Jesse Rodriguez

By Christopher BrockerMusic Journalist  Jesse Rodriguez and I met through KTSW as he joined the Hip-hop group. Rodriguez joined the station as a DJ and music journalist but sought out the challenge of covering Hip-hop. I had the privilege of working with Rodriguez and quickly saw his potential.  Photo of Jesse Rodriguez on Texas State University Campus. Later in the semester, I discovered that Rodriguez was a producer and he […]

todayMay 11, 2021 1

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Entertainment

Interviewing Actor Don Kennedy

By Christopher BrockerHip-hop Director  Don Kennedy has found his voice through creativity, and he expresses himself in a multitude of ways. Whether he is acting in movies, posting dance videos, or comedy sketches, Kennedy is eager to make his voice heard. Additionally, that voice is heard through activism on social media which translates to protest and philanthropy.    Despite his confident demeanor, Kennedy has struggled with mental health issues in […]

todayApril 20, 2021 3

Interviews

Interviewing University Star Editor-in-Chief Jaden Edison

By Christopher BrockerHip-hop Director https://open.spotify.com/episode/5tknyfOtY4ROu2ipGTj2yC?si=O2syGQRiRDOd5pitnfYh_w&nd=1 I met Jaden Edison in my African American studies class this semester. I was then intrigued to discover that he was the Editor-in-Chief of The University Star. I felt inspired by his work and impressed by his accomplishments. Instantly, I was eager to collaborate with him on a project. Fortunately, that came to fruition in an interview I had with him. In the hour-long interview, […]

todayApril 11, 2021 17

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Interviews

Interviewing Creative, Alain Gakwaya

By Christopher BrockerHip-hop Director https://open.spotify.com/episode/2iuZNHqDv7x2xCQoFbbn4X?si=nw0mkv99RFKIoMZq2snpZQ Alain Gakwaya has created his lane in the art world, and he refuses to be placed in a box. The world is his canvas and he is ready to tell you his story. Gakwaya, born and raised in Rwanda, Africa, moved to San Antonio at age 16. Always intrigued by creativity and self-expression, Gakwaya established a career as an artist. Whether it is painting, modeling […]

todayApril 8, 2021 2

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Music

Women in Hip-Hop Playlist 2

By Christopher BrockerHip-hop Director  Women rappers and artists aren’t always highlighted in hip-hop which is presented as male-dominated. However, women are essential to the genre from top to bottom. That is more prevalent than ever as women rappers have risen to the forefront of the genre. Hip-hop is in a better place because of the growing inclusiveness and content created by women. However, there still is a long way to […]

todayMarch 23, 2021 3

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Music

Drake: Scary Hours 2 EP Review

By Christopher BrockerHip-hop Music Director Scary Hours 2 by Drake released March 5, 2021, and is the sequel to the 2018 EP Scary Hours. Scary Hours consists of “Gods Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity.” The title derives from a tweet Drake wrote during the height of his beef with rapper Meek Mill. The tweet came before the release of “Back To Back,” an infamous diss track. Scary Hours 2 was announced […]

todayMarch 11, 2021 10

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Music

Black History Month Staff Picked Playlist

By Christopher Brocker Hip-Hop Music Director  Black History Month is a time to reflect on the great figures within the black diaspora but also to celebrate black culture itself. Our music staff has compiled a playlist dedicated to celebrating black artists and the culture. Each song has been chosen by a member of our staff that they wanted to highlight.   We’re also encouraging our listeners to support the local organizations below […]

todayFebruary 24, 2021 2

Christopher Brocker and Gage Sutton at the KTSW studio

Music

Bobcat Beats Playlist

by Christopher Brocker and Gage SuttonAssistant Music Director and Sports Director To heavy hip hop listeners, the names featured in this playlist are likely familiar. However, this playlist is dedicated to the casual listener. We’ve compiled a playlist of lesser-known acts for our listeners to enjoy. This playlist is focused on hip hop but also includes some R&B and other tones.  Christopher’s Picks: “Gloria” by Tierra Whack Tierra Whack is […]

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