Northern Star




Northern Star

Northern Illinois University’s student media since 1899


Ensure student journalism survives. Donate today.

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

Big Sean, Jhene Aiko release first joint album

By Samantha Keck | April 4, 2016

Rapper Big Sean and singer Jhene Aiko released their first joint album Friday — an album that speaks to the emotions of this generation’s relationships.“Twenty88” includes eight tracks predominantly led by Big Sean and Aiko with the exception...

New year, new playlist

By Morgan Carrigan | January 19, 2016

These are my top five songs that need to be added to your playlist to start off the new year. Jam to these songs on the way to class or while you’re running on the treadmill for an instant mood boost.“Angels” by Chance the Rapper featuring SabaThis...

Rappers differ in crowd interaction

By Alexis Malapitan | October 26, 2015

DeKalb | Hip-hop recording artist Hoodie Allen was quite the crowd-pleaser compared to the disappointing headliner, Rich Homie Quan, at this year’s Homecoming concert on Friday in the Convocation Center.Hoodie Allen opened up the show with popular songs...

In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 photo, Big Sean poses for a portrait at Island Def Jam in Santa Monica, Calif. The rapper releases a new album, Hall of Fame, on Aug. 27, 2013.

Big Sean takes control in ‘Hall of Fame’

By Jarrel Sylvers | August 29, 2013

Detroit native and rapper Big Sean steps on the scene this week with his highly personal sophomore debut, “Hall of Fame.”Big Sean delivers on his effort to be more intimate with listeners, providing more detail of his journey than his previous LP...

Big Sean talks about his past, influences

By Takia Simpson | February 27, 2011

DeKALB | Big Sean claims NIU. The G.O.O.D. Music and Def Jam Island recording artist successfully sold out NIU's Convocation Center in five hours. "I waited in line in the cold for four hours," said Ashley Patterson, junior engineering major, who was...

DeKalb’s weekender’s list for Feb. 25

By Chris Krapek | February 24, 2011

DeKALB | It’s the last weekend of February and it’s snowy again. Don’t go home. Here are the things you should be doing in DeKalb this weekend:What: “One Foot In and One Foot Back”Where: Stevens Building Corner TheatreWhen: Friday. Saturday,...

Big Sean heads to Convo

By Takia Simpson | February 20, 2011

U know Big Sean? His name has been spreading increasingly throughout campus since it was announced that he would perform at the NIU Convocation Center Party at 11 p.m. on Saturday. Rapper Big Sean was born Sean Anderson on March 25, 1988 in Santa Monica,...