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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No matter which side you were on, the election results came as a shock to everyone. Unfortunately, many have been feeling hopeless, distressed and fearful since Nov. 8, and rightfully so. It seems like every time I go online, I come across another viral post about someone facing discrimination for being Muslim, Jewish, African-American or […]

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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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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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Some people say that the best music — benchmark, or classic albums — is not just groundbreaking in artistry and invention, but also has behind it a working conscience. The residue of these albums and the themes they convey stick with the listener, congealing to the listener’s outlook with every listen. This becomes not only […]

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By Kate Ebeling, Staff Writer @kebbietot For every poseur, ‘thug’, ‘gangster’ and ‘player’ there is a certified platinum hit by the whitest boy in the game, and he is none other than the perennial king of controversy, Marshall Mathers, aka The Real Slim Shady, aka Eminem. What is so interesting about Mathers’ and his alter […]

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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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By Heather Goldin, Staff Writer @HeatherGoldin The Lonely Island takes the popular phrase “Yolo,” to another extreme in their new song featuring Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar. Although, The Lonely Island’s song is more accurately described as the anti-yolo. It’s actually a humorous guide to protecting your life as much as possible. The satiric song […]

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By Brandon Kesselly, Staff Writer @BCKesso In honor of the recent solo debuts of 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar and Meek Mill, as well as the coming debut of A$AP Rocky (2012’s four hip-hop heavy hitters), I wanted to list some of my favorite solo debut LPs of the genre: Illmatic – Nas (February 1994): While […]

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