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Lifestyle’s weekly Spotify playlist #38

By Lifestyle staff | February 6, 2022

Weekly Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3bMvz05t9MJVmEZjUXM393?si=YkYRwvGXTti0L3VBC9Gbew  Madelaine’s picks Yeah Yeah Yeahs - “Maps” Rebounder - “Japanese Posters” Lorde - “A World Alone” Formed in...

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...

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Lifestyle’s weekly Spotify playlist #37

By Lifestyle staff | January 30, 2022

Weekly Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2v9fWHABVMEKx0QJKxZXCM?si=yiKjEO4RQnmcJwM9AZxccA  Madelaine’s picks Swimming Tapes - “Tides” The Black Keys - “Fever” alt-J - “Breezeblocks” Pop band Swimming...

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Lifestyle’s weekly Spotify playlist #36

By Lifestyle staff | January 23, 2022

Weekly Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4LGqiEhqTbWXxwbOm2spl1?si=b03594c64eb24ef0  Madelaine’s picks Pinback - “Loro” Billy Joel - “Vienna” The Beatles - “Don’t Let Me Down” Pinback is an alternative...

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That time I…was a videographer for a high school rapper

By Anthony Parlogean | November 6, 2019

I thoroughly enjoy hip hop music and the culture that follows this genre. Unfortunately, I have not been endowed with the necessary rhythmic abilities and mic skills needed to succeed in the rap game. I understood this in high school, and compensated...

J. Coles eighth studio album, 4 Your Eyez Only,  was released Dec. 9 and is projected to sell 550,000 units in its first week according to Billboard.

J. Cole releases powerful album

By Darius Parker | December 19, 2016

J. Cole recently released his eighth studio album, “4 Your Eyez Only,” which offers fans a nostalgic hip hop sound throughout while also commenting on important social issues.Released on Friday, Dec. 9, “4 Your Eyez Only”  provides a powerhouse...

Pass/Fail: Country concert scheduled for February; Tickets for shows at Convo too expensive

By Carl Nadig | November 20, 2014

Pass: Country concert scheduled for FebruaryIt’s beneficial for students and efforts to boost university engagement when there’s a concert booked at the Convocation Center.Earlier this week, singer-songwriter Brad Paisley announced a performance to...

 

What happened to the music industry?

By Colin Remes | March 20, 2012

The music industry has certainly changed over the past 15 years, and in my opinion, not at all for the better. The advancements of technology have allowed digital distribution to expand exponentially, in particular illegal downloading, and it has caused...

Lizzie G take ova

By Jessica Cabe | September 16, 2011

Breaking into the world of hip hop is no easy task, but senior composition major Elizabeth Elie, better known as Lizzie G, is up for the challenge. "I want to work extra hard to please everyone," emphasizing that her main goal is to get her music out...

State Champs round out DeKalb’s music scene

By Tony Martin | October 7, 2010

The DeKalb scene is, in a word, diverse. From grindcore to jazz, this town has everything. State Champs, DeKalb's contribution to the Illinois hip-hop scene outside of Chicago, just dropped their "2 ILL Cats in a Ford Truck" mixtape. Hip-hop is a difficult...