With 2016 coming to an end, it’s good to look back on the best albums released this year. Not only is the music amazing, but also some of the album covers are pretty cool, too. In no particular order, here they are: “The Life of Pablo” — Kanye West Kanye has done it again with tracks […]

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Chris Brown, otherwise known as the disgusting drinks left behind by drunk people that you find in a club’s bathroom, has produced a documentary about himself that literally no one asked for, according to The Cut. Unsurprisingly, he decides to paint himself as the victim of his decision to brutally assault pop star Rihanna back […]

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No more land of the maple leaf for Chris Brown. On Feb. 24, Chris Brown was reportedly denied entry into Canada by border officials. Brown was heading to Canada for two concert dates: one in Montreal and one in Toronto. A representative for Brown (doesn’t that sound like a fun job?) said Brown could apply […]

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By Alexandria Hilliard, Staff Writer @alxhilliard In the summer of 2008, I spent most (probably too much) of my time watching reruns of “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” while pining over my favorite character, Jimmy Brooks. The awkward and gangly Canadian teen stole my heart and it wasn’t until just a few years later, that I found […]

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By Brandon C. Kesselly, Staff Writer @BCKesso In 2007, the realm of hip-hop was introduced to someone spectacular. A man calling himself Jay Electronica released “Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)“, a 15 minute song in which he rapped continuously over Jon Brion’s soundtrack to “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. It was, to put it short, a […]

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By Brandon Kesselly, Staff Writer @BCKesso What comes to mind when you think of Kanye West? Do you think of “Stronger” or “Gold Digger”? The time he criticized President George W. Bush for his supposed lack of efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina? The Taylor Swift incident and the ensuing memes? Or maybe you […]

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By Ross Hsu, Staff Writer The style that made Mathangi “M.I.A.” Arulpragasam famous is all but decimated on her new release: “Matangi.” Her songs used to be direct and simple, not on a stylistic level, but emotionally. The songs were easy to engage and enjoy, requiring little to no deciphering or decoding. But “Matangi” is […]

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By Alex Siber, Staff Writer Can you recall a time when the forerunners of hip-hop’s elite pantheon largely represented the generalizations and pigeonholed stereotypes that the mainstream populace held — perhaps rightfully? Even as rap’s prominence continues to spread across varying subcultures and demographics (the white rapper is as common as ever, as is rapping […]

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By Brandon Kesselly, Staff Writer Over the last few decades, the genre of hip hop has slowly been evolving. With each year, each new artist that has risen to ‘mainstream’ status has brought something new to the table (for better or for worse). Certain artists constantly push the boundaries either lyrically, sonically or both. Others […]

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