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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