Your favorite artist releases a new song. You press play, and suddenly you hear something that sounds quite familiar. It’s a song you’ve heard before, but it’s not by this artist. This phenomenon is known as sampling. When musicians use pieces of work from others to create new content, they are sampling. Not to be […]

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I’ve have to admit it — I was pretty nervous to attend The Meadows Music and Arts Festival this year. This was the festival’s first year, and there were a few complications: rain was to be expected, The Weeknd had to cancel his headlining performance last minute, my friend and I were running late and […]

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I remember the day Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” dropped. Actually, I remember exactly where I was — even what I was doing. I was tucked in one of Warren dining hall’s many dusty corners, picking at a dry piece of chicken. That album became my anthem for the remaining few months of the […]

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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 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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