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The Legendary Madlib

By Jason ArlineMusic Journalist In today’s music industry, producers are just as, if not more, influential as the artists who sing on their songs. Prior to the internet and social media, producers were mainly a part of their labels and weren’t the star attraction. Nowadays, producers headline tours and co-create on projects independently more often than in the past. Producers like DJ Khaled, Kaytranada, Kenny Beats and Zaytoven all have […]

todayMarch 15, 2020 23

Tobe Nwigwe, Fat, their daughter Ivory,

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Spiritually Dope

By Jason Arline Music Journalist Tobe Nwigwe, Houston based rapper, has created a unique brand of spiritually uplifting Hip-Hop that has now become a movement to spread positivity through his culturally diverse music. His brand of rap combines the lyricism of Hip-Hop along with the inspirational feelings one gets when listening to gospel songs. Nwigwe even uses praise dance choreography in his music videos to add uplifting visuals to his […]

todayMarch 9, 2020 98

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The Defining Sample of the 2010s

By Jason ArlineMusic Journalist Music production these days is greatly simplified with how easy it is to download a digital audio workstation and make a song. Since the same programs are available to everyone, you often encounter the same sounds in different artists' songs. The music industry is known to be a copycat industry with styles, rhymes and even whole songs being recycled for new music. Some might see this […]

todayFebruary 15, 2020 36

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Interviews

D. Maivia Interview

By Jason Arline Music Journalist A member of local rap group SOVA records and Texas State alumni D. Maivia stopped by for an interview following his release of his album titled Still Waters Run Deep. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform at a local house party back in 2018. I enjoyed his crisp, creative flow and elaborate wordplay. Maivia was happy to stop by my place and answer […]

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Basketball: Hip Hops Inspiration and Friend

By Jason Arline Music Journalist     Hip-Hop and Rap undoubtedly owes its roots to the streets of New York where all the kids that were too young to get into the discos would throw their own parties instead. Most of the people listening to rap were minorities at the time. Without the acknowledgment of Rap by mainstream media it was allowed to be a transparent form of expression for the […]

todayDecember 4, 2019 15

Album art for Gangstarr “One of the Best Yet”, the cover shows a black and white framed picture of DJ Premier and Guru. A microphone and turn-table rest on white boxes in front of the image.

Music

The Album 16 Years in the Making: Gang Starr’s One of the Best Yet

By Jason ArlineMusic Journalist It’s been 16 years since Gang Starr’s last album. After the death of member Guru, it seemed like we had heard the last of the hip-hop duo. However, with the release of their album One of the Best Yet, DJ Premiere gives us 16 tracks befitting of its title. The album uses posthumus recordings from Guru and features artists like J.Cole, Royce the 5’9 and Talib […]

todayNovember 11, 2019 17

The Group, 88rising, performing on stage at their 88 Degrees and Rising Tour, The Higher Brothers, Rich Brian, and August 08 are seen on stage with an 88 logo in the background.

Music

The Rise of Eastern Asian Culture Through Hip-Hop

By Jason ArlineMusic Journalist A big difference between those born in the '90s and those born in the 2000s is our acceptance of Japanese cartoons, also known as anime. Growing up, if you watched anime you were considered to be a nerd or uncool. Now everyone wants to run like Naruto or go Super-Saiyan like Goku. These days, it’s cool to be a nerd that’s into anime and video games. […]

todayOctober 27, 2019 199 1

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6ix9ine’s Testimony and the Taboo of Snitching in Hip-Hop

By Jason Arline Music Journalist On Thursday Sept. 20, 2019 rapper 6ix9ine testified in court against his former gang members, the Nine Trey Gangster Bloods. During his testimony, 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, answered the court’s questions regarding the gang’s activities. These included robberies, murders and kidnappings among other illegal acts. The most notable dealings, however, were the gang’s involvement in the music entertainment industry. Hernandez told the […]

todaySeptember 29, 2019 22

A laptop sits on a turntable that rest on a nightstand in the corner of a room, the laptop has music software opened on it, in the background there is a canvas that says Magnum Opus.

Music

History of the DJ and Beginning of the Laptop Producer Era

By Jason ArlineMusic Journalist Hip-hop originated in the burrows of New York, where the kids that were too young to get into the late-night discos then took to the streets and had their own party. They would set up speaker systems in parks where different crews hailing from different burrows would compete for who had the best MCs or B-Boys, but the one person above all else was the DJ. […]

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