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The album cover to Little Simz’s new 4th studio album. Little Simz sitting with a strong yellow background and suit

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Little Simz’s Sometimes I Might Be Introvert: A Cinematic Experience

By Victor Guevara Music Journalist The fourth studio album by the UK rapper is the depiction of a conversation between her internal and external persona mixed with beautiful orchestral scores, soulful beats, and clean bars that make up a cinematic listening experience. Coming into this album, I did not know what to expect as it was my introduction to Little Simz’s music, but beginning this album with the song “Introvert” […]

todaySeptember 21, 2021 9 1

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The Influence of Rock in Modern-day Hip-Hop

By Gage SuttonMusic Journalist The hip-hop and rock genres have been intertwined for decades and the connection between the two is still going strong to this day. Some might wonder why this combination is so prevalent in today's music, but it is quite simple. The two genres are very similar. For starters, the energy that both types of music bring is unique to the two specific genres. Not to say […]

todayApril 24, 2021 122

Image of the "Scary Hours 2" EP cover art, a dark blue background with the text "Scary Hours" and two blue diamonds in the center.

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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 160

Aminé on stage at Emo’s Austin in 2018.

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Welcome to Aminé University

By Jennifer RomeroMusic Journalist Ever since I was in high school my friends and I would joke around saying that we always would listen to artists before they became highly favored. A prime example of this is Aminé’s road to glory over the course of the past few years. In 2016 Aminé saw major success with his hit “Caroline,” since then, Aminé has proved his position in the rap scene […]

todayFebruary 9, 2021 29

Big Sean is photographed in his hometown of Detroit

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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 28

The Light Pack Album Art

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Joey Bada$$: The Light Pack Review

By Jason ArlineMusic Journalist It has been three years since Joey Bada$$ released his album All-American Bada$$. Since then, all that we have heard from him are his featured verses on the Beast Coast albums and some of Powers Pleasants’ records.  Often regarded as one of the best rappers to hail from New York, Joey’s signature hard-hitting flow, similar to that of The Notorious B.I.G., has been missed over the […]

todayJuly 27, 2020 64

Killer Mike Speaking at Revolt Summit

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Killer Mike: Gangster Rapper and Political Activist

By Jason ArlineMusic Journalist The history of hip-hop is riddled with moments in which the music was seen as less than tolerable by the media. From the early days when hip-hop was forced to be performed in parks and alleys because the disco clubs wouldn’t play “kid” music, to the ‘90s era when gangster rap was seen as the cause of violence and civil unrest, hip-hop has always been the […]

todayJune 25, 2020 23

Akosua standing in front of the Houston skyline from Tinsley Park

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Playlist: An Ode to Houston

By Akosua AsareRap Music Director This semester, I took a course called sociology of popular music and found myself having to write a lot about my identity and how I’ve used music and certain artists to connect with parts of myself. One of the main things I wrote about in this class was the concept of the self through connections to home; how I have the inclination to listen to […]

todayDecember 4, 2019 10

A royal blue record sits within a crown of thorns, both staged to the right of the photo and a sandy beige background. The record reads in capital gold letters “Jesus is king” top and “Kanye West” on bottom.

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Kanye West: JESUS IS KING Album Review

By Rebecca HarrellMusic Journalist Artist: Kanye West Album: JESUS IS KING Release Date: Oct. 25, 2019 Label:Getting Out Our Dreams II / Def Jam Recordings Kanye West made waves in the hip-hop and religious music world with the release of his Christian-honoring album “JESUS IS KING” released Oct. 25. The album created a spectrum of reviews, critiques and memes between the two genres it fell under. I personally had to […]

todayNovember 21, 2019 83

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