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Four ways to be a better music listener in 2019

By Peter Zemeske | January 3, 2019

In the age of music streaming, music has been easier to access and listen to than ever. While there may not seem like there are any cons to services like Spotify and Apple Music, there are some hidden byproducts. For one, artist compensation is low compared...

Soulja Boy releases questionable technology brand.

By Sarah Fischer | December 18, 2018

American rapper Soulja Boy has recently debuted his new website, featuring a multitude of electronics including the SouljaWatch, SouljaPhone, SouljaPods and SouljaHeadphonesAt some point in nearly every artist’s career, there is a decline in popularity,...

Jay-Z redeems love with ‘4:44’

By Sam Malone | December 4, 2017

“Kill Jay Z, they’ll never love you, you’ll never be enough,” Jay-Z raps over a droning beat, welcoming listeners to his Grammy nominated album.“4:44,” Jay-Z’s thirteenth studio album, has earned him a total of eight Grammy nominations,...

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...

Lil Wayne’s “Sorry 4 the Wait 2” lyrics unoriginal in being obscene, sexist, but tape has catchy snaps

By Alexis Malapitan | January 23, 2015

Lil Wayne's "Sorry 4 the Wait 2," released Tuesday, is anything but fresh.The mixtape is filled with eerie, uncomfortable sounds accompanied by lyrics about sex, drugs and twerking. "Sorry 4 the Wait 2" serves as an apology to his fans for the delay of...

Legend Mane performs Thursday at The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway. Student rapper Legend is set to release “The Care Package,” which will be dedicated to students, and is participating in several other projects.

Rapper dedicates ‘Care Package’ to all students

By Alex Hyde | October 14, 2014

Senior communication major Keith Winford’s rap lyrics are getting more personal.Winford, known as Legend Mane, performed Thursday at The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, and he is featured on Marquis Hill’s album “Modern Flows Ep. Vol. 1.”...

Local artists pick top five rappers

By Jarrel Sylvers | October 9, 2013

Some of NIU’s most talented musical personalities determined the hottest rap artists in the game.Each year, MTV reporter Sway gathers a panel of rap influences to select the top five hottest MC’s. This year, I gathered a collection of artists and...

July albums: Jay Z narcissistic but but “on top,” Hawthorne shines a light on R&B

By Kevin Bartelt | July 23, 2013

While most July albums will cause you to cut your headphones with scissors, these two albums will force you to tape them back together.‘Magna Carta…Holy Grail’ by Jay ZJay Z is a marathon runner of the rap industry. Active since 1986, the 43-year-old...

New NBA game offers extra features, modes

By Roy Herrera | October 8, 2012

With the NBA season just weeks away, there is no other way to get your daily dose of NBA basketball than to play NBA 2K13. Over the years, 2K Games has done a wonderful job making the best basketball simulation games on the market. With the September...

In this Aug. 21, file photo, U.S. singer Rihanna performs on
stage at the V Music Festival in Hylands Park, London.

RiRi’s ‘Talk That Talk’ doesn’t walk that walk

By Jessica Cabe | November 21, 2011

There's no doubt that Rihanna is a superstar, but she sells herself short time and again by releasing mediocre pop music that is indistinguishable from anything else on top 40 radio. Talk That Talk, Rihanna's sixth studio album, which dropped Monday,...

Lupe Fiasco performs for a crowd at the NIU Convocation Center
Tuesday night. Fiascos stop in DeKalb was part of his Lasers

Fiasco at Convocation Center: Rapper draws a crowd at campus arena

By Aurora Schnorr | October 5, 2011

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known as Lupe Fiasco, rocked the NIU Convocation Center Tuesday night.The arena was packed with fans as Fiasco took the stage to perform songs from his new album Lasers. But the show wasn't all about Lasers.The tour marks...