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Rapper Kanye West met with then President Donald Trump at the Oval Office in October 2018. His open support stirred up a lot of controversy among his fans.

Art cannot be separated from the artist

By Ally Formeller, News Reporter | January 20, 2022
Because of the past problematic actions of some celebrities, separating the art from the artist becomes a murky impossibility. 
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?

Eminem’s “Kamikaze” lacks substance

By Peter Zemeske | September 3, 2018

Eminem’s latest album “Kamikaze,” released Aug. 31, manages to say very little while at the same time being vulgar as ever.“Kamikaze” is the tenth studio album from Detroit-based rapper, Eminem. The album took many fans by surprise, as there...

Rapper Wiz Khalifa experiments with sounds, musicality in album

By Alexis Malapitan | February 8, 2016

Rapper Wiz Khalifa draws inspiration from other rappers and experiments with different sounds in his new album “Khalifa.”After countless Instagram teasers, Twitter beef with Kanye West and three Grammy nominations, the “See You Again” singer has...

Pass/Fail: Eminem freezes on live TV, man confesses to murder on YouTube

By Anthony Szudarski | September 9, 2013

Which events pass? Which ones fail? Find out what columnist Anthony Szudarski had to say about it.Pass: Cordle confesses on YouTubeMatthew Cordle of Columbus, Ohio, confessed in a YouTube video to driving drunk, which resulted in a car accident that killed...

‘Berzerk’ an accurate title

By Jarrel Sylvers | September 5, 2013

Eminem may have taken his own advice in “Lose Yourself” too seriously in “Berzerk.”The song, part of his new EP, is drenched in old school hip hop flavor and features a wild delivery from the artist.The “Marshall Mathers LP 2” is set to debut...

Rap group slaughters expectations

By Jessica Cabe | August 29, 2012

Anyone paying attention to trends in hip-hop will tell you the days of rap supergroups are no more. Someone forgot to tell Slaughterhouse, the fierce foursome which recently signed to Interscope/Shady Records. The group, made up of Royce da 5’9”,...

NIU alumni Patrick Brice, a.k.a. Point.Blank, will release his first album, Close Range, in iTunes today.

Local rapper Point.Blank hits iTunes

By Sarah Contreras | July 16, 2012

When NIU alumni Patrick Brice was 11 years old, he began listening to Eminem — and suddenly, he had a new dream career. Brice cites the artist’s “confidence and overall ‘I don’t care what anybody thinks’ attitude” as his main inspiration...

The Associated Press - A computer screen displays a picture of
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs with the inscription 1955-2011 at an
Apple store in Mexico City, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. Jobs, 56, died
Wednesday following a long battle against pancreatic cancer.

Steve jobs: businessman, inventor, visionary.

By Jessica Cabe | October 6, 2011

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was a visionary businessman who changed the way we communicate.He shaped the music industry and, arguably, saved it from complete collapse with the development of iTunes. He changed the way we surf the web with his handheld...

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...

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,...