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Drake attends the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Drakes new album For All the Dogs comes out Sept. 22 on all music streaming platforms. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Music from Drake, meet-cute film to release next week

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | September 14, 2023

Be on the lookout for new music from famed rapper Drake, witness a new love story and get a feel for British schools next week. “Love at First Sight” For Hadley (Haley Lu Richardson) and Oliver (Ben Hardy), all it takes is one flight from New...

Some of the best hip-hop/rap albums of the past decade, including albums from Kanye West and Drake.

Top 5 hip-hop/rap albums of the past decade

By Zulfiqar Ahmed, Media Editor | February 3, 2022

Hip-hop/rap has evolved dramatically over the past decade. Multiple subgenres have spawned from development of platforms like Soundcloud, that have allowed people from every corner of the world to share their music and build communities. Mumble rap, jazz...

With a word from an Eminem track added to the dictionary, this brings up the question of how much of language is affected by music?

Eminem phrase added to the dictionary. How much does music affect language?

By Peter Zemeske | May 10, 2019

With a word from an Eminem track added to the dictionary, this brings up the question of how much of language is affected by music?

Projected Billboard winners

By Darius Parker | April 24, 2017

Billboard recently announced the nominations for their music awards, and with so many fan favorites up for awards, one can assume the competition is going to be fierce. The ceremony will air 7 p.m. May 21 and will feature several talented artists. Drake...

Ryan, a junior year English major, competed at the Lip Sync Battle where he showed off his dance moves in an effort to entertain the crowd.

Students compete for laughter

By Melynda Lewis | March 27, 2017

Ryan, a junior year English major, competed at the Lip Sync Battle where he showed off his dance moves in an effort to entertain the crowd.

‘More Life’ reveals emotion

By Darius Parker | March 23, 2017

Drake’s “More Life” unveils a more passionate yet aggressive side to the rapper through lyrics and melodies unique to this album.“More Life” was released Friday and has been climbing the charts with tracks dominating the entire top 10 over the...

Rapper Drake released Views on Friday and the album offers a more personal sound from the rapper/singer.

‘Views’ delivers personal sound

By Alexis Malapitan | May 2, 2016

Rapper Drake released 'Views' on Friday and the album offers a more personal sound from the rapper/singer.

‘Anti’ exudes maturity

By Alexis Malapitan | February 1, 2016

Singer Rihanna’s eighth studio album, “Anti,” exposes a mature and vulnerable RiRi.Fans were in for quite the treat as RiRi teased fans with countless Instagram photos and videos leading up to the album’s release Thursday on Tidal. The album is...

Rihanna Drops “Work” with Drake off ANTi

By Margaret Maka | January 28, 2016

Rihanna and Drake have teamed up on "Work," the first single from Rihanna’s newly-released album, ANTi.ANTi, which can only be streamed or downloaded through Tidal, contains 16 new songs with only two features- SZA on the opening track, "Consideration,"...

Rapper Drake attends an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 30 in Los Angeles. 

Drake and Future make solid team in “What a Time to Be Alive”

By Margaret Maka | September 21, 2015

Drake and Future dropped a highly-anticipated collaborative mixtape Sunday called “What A Time to Be Alive,” and, like everything else Drake puts out, I was immediately in love with it.The introductory song, “Digital Dash”, gets you hyped to realize...

Beats from the Street: Sept. 17

Beats from the Street: Sept. 17

By Northern Star staff | September 18, 2015

Here is what music students had on their playlists this week:Kristin Patel, sophomore visual communications major, said she listens to a playlist called "Stuff I Like," which includes Coldplay, Rise Against and Awolnation. Patel said new music doesn't...

Platinum-selling rapper Drake performed live in 2010 to a nearly sold out crowd at the NIU Convocation Center.

Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ shows growth in confidence

By Alexis Malapitan | February 16, 2015

Ex-”Degrassi” star and rapper Drake released a surprise 17-track mixtape via Twitter called “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.”The mixtape features collaborations with Lil Wayne, Travi$ Scott and PartyNextDoor.“Legend,” the first track...