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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If you were in utter shock when you heard the news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s split, please join the club. They were just such a power couple! I figured they had crossed the too-committed-to-divorce zone years ago, but unfortunately, so many good things must come to an end. However, there are still some […]

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If only we could all have the confidence and swagger of the world’s greatest hip-hop artists. Borrow these boasts to get excited about the new school year and to practice overhyping what you did this summer. 7. “The World is Yours” by Nas: “Whose world is this? / The world is yours, the world is […]

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A little more than two years after Beyoncé changed the music industry with her self-titled magnum opus, she has once again set the world ablaze. “Lemonade,” in yet another world-stopping moment, was released on Tidal late Saturday night after an HBO special with the same title premiered. A powerful, ambitious work, “Lemonade” pushes Beyoncé to […]

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A new Rihanna album used to be an annual November event, like Thanksgiving fights with your racist family members. From 2005 to 2012, the Barbadian beauty pumped out seven studio albums, a neck-breaking pace for a pop star. After a long hiatus, her comeback album, “Anti,” has had one of the most frustrating and messy […]

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I asked a few friends of mine (who are familiar with the 1990s to early 2000s hip-hop scene) to tell me the first thing that came into mind when I said the words “Big Pimpin’.” All five of them responded by whistling (or trying to whistle in one case) the famous flute hook to Jay […]

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By DeeDee Hughes, Staff Writer Beyoncé and Jay Z have been taking selfies, and they’re single-handedly exposing the art world to an entirely new demographic. In one of the photos, the power couple stands tough-faced in front of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. In another, Beyoncé poses next to Pablo Picasso’s Portrait of Francoise, his […]

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By Danny McCarthy, Staff Writer@thedanosaurus Hey there! How was your week? Did you do that thing? You didn’t? I can’t believe you, this is so typical. You always overcommit and then never fulfill anything. Well, I guess there is one thing you can do to redeem yourself. You can keep reading and find out what […]

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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 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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