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The Marathon Continues: Remembering Nipsey Hussle

By C.J. Okeke Music Journalist March holds a somber day for the fans of late rapper Nipsey Hussle. The Los Angeles rapper was fatally shot nearly three years ago outside of his clothing store on March 31, 2019. The loss of Nipsey Hussle can still be felt throughout the hip-hop community. Nipsey Hussle, 33, was born with the real name Ermias Davidson Ashghedom on August 15, 1985. Nipsey, a champion […]

todayMarch 31, 2022 162

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Megan Thee Stallion

By Michael KaiserMusic Journalist Houston local Megan Jovon Ruth Pete has made a name for herself as one of the most talented and influential rappers in the game right now. Since her musical debut in 2016, Megan, known as Megan Thee Stallion, rapidly rose through the ranks. She has collaborated with multiple big-name artists including Chance the Rapper, Normani, Beyonce, and Cardi B. Her music has consistently been at the […]

todayMarch 22, 2021 134

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Big Sean: Detroit 2 Album Review

By Christopher BrockerAssistant Music Director Big Sean returns with a sequel to his 2012 mixtape Detroit with a full-length studio album, Detroit 2. The last project we heard from Sean was his collaboration with Metro Boomin on Double Or Nothing in 2017. The collaboration seemed intriguing; however, the project itself was disappointing. Earlier that same year Sean released his album I Decided. Detroit 2’s rollout began earlier this year, but […]

todaySeptember 21, 2020 49

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BRICK TALK: a Rap Playlist

By Ethan HamiltonMusic Journalist Drug rap is coming back through groups like Griselda and underground artists like Roc Marciano and Stove God Cooks. It’s a changing-of-the-guards, and these new rappers are pushing into the mainstream quickly gaining the respect of legends like Pusha-T and Freddie Gibbs throughout their projects.  Here is a playlist dedicated to their elite lyricism and creative wordplay from the large discographies. These rappers bring grit and […]

todayApril 22, 2020 14

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Jay Electronica: A Written Testimony Album Review

By Jason ArlineMusic Journalist In hip-hop, you don’t need the superstardom status of a Drake or Lil Wayne to gain the respect of your peers. Your lyrical skill and originality when you rap is your resume and few artists have one with as much quality, yet lacking in quantity, as Jay Electronica.  Elpadaro F. Electronica Allah, known by his stage name, Jay Electronica, has put out music that is lyrically […]

todayMarch 26, 2020 10

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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 29

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Rapping Like the Boys

By Pearce O'NealMusic Journalist The genre of rap has widely been dominated by men for all of its existence. Though female rappers have been around since the birth of hip-hop, their prominence has seen highs and lows. 2019 saw a surge of the female star in rap. Rappers like Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty, and City Girls all had huge years. They’re not slowing down for 2020 either. With anthems […]

todayMarch 13, 2020 85

The album cover is a photo of a homeless woman named Claire. She is well known in Buffalo where the group is from.


Griselda: The Trio Keeping 90’s Rap Alive

By Pearce O’Neal Music Journalist The familial rap group Griselda, consisting of brothers Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine, along with cousin Benny The Butcher, are keeping the hardcore street feeling of 90’s rap alive. All three had a big year in 2019 which ended with their debut album as a group. They gathered momentum and support to propel them into another big year. Nowadays, some people think of the […]

todayFebruary 29, 2020 122

Chief Keef performing on stage at Lollapalooza right at the beginning of the explosion of drill music.


The Rise of Drill Music and the New Players

By Pearce O'NealMusic Journalist The genre of rap reaches far and wide.  Those who listen to rap know this. Whether you’re an old head and prefer the classics like Tupac, Nas, and Biggie, or you prefer the new age trap sound of Future, Migos, and Lil Uzi, it all has many of the same elements and falls under the big umbrella of the genre. In the 2010s, a subgenre of trap […]

todayFebruary 15, 2020 122

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