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A screenshot of Ye’s “VULTURES 1” album cover shows a man in black standing behind a woman. Ye’s newest album contains great flow but weak lyrics. (Courtesy of YouTube)

‘VULTURES 1’ features interesting samples, questionable lyrics

By Eddie Miller, Assistant Sports Editor | February 14, 2024

With over 10 years of being in the hip-hop fandom, I was extremely excited to listen to the highly anticipated “VULTURES 1” album by musical artist Ye, formerly known as Kanye West. The album is in collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign and features musical...

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 | 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...

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. 

Kanye West delays album release

By Jacob Utterback | October 9, 2019

Kanye West’s upcoming album, “Jesus Is King,” has received several delays. West’s wife, reality television star Kim Kardashian, posted a picture on Aug. 29 of a notebook page previewing the tracklist and the name of the project on her Twitter...

Student blends classical and rap music on Spotify

By Amy Geldean | April 14, 2019

NIU student and musician Allen Madison combines his passions and studies by fusing classical music with rap and releasing his work on Spotify. Madison is a sophomoremajoring in violin performance and recording arts from Naperville. He released his latest...

Ten albums to look forward to in 2019

By Peter Zemeske | January 13, 2019

As impressive as 2018 was for music, listeners have plenty to look forward to in this new year. It may be hard to follow up a year with releases from Blood Orange, Arctic Monkeys and Travis Scott, but a lot is in store for the next 12 months. Here are...

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,...

“Colors” bursts with originality

By Nathaniel Repay | October 19, 2017

Beck might be most famous for provoking Kanye West to storm the Grammy Stage after winning the 2014 Album of the Year award, but this multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer shows on “Colors” why he is a force to be reckoned with.“Colors”...

Grammys incite competition

By Darius Parker | February 9, 2017

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Feb. 26 and music lovers nationwide are on the edge of their seats to see who will win which titles. The nominees for the awards were released Dec. 6 and included artists such as Beyoncé, Adele, and Kanye...

‘Life of Pablo’ reveals more vulnerable West

By Alexis Malapitan | February 18, 2016

Rapper Kanye West released his seventh studio album “The Life Of Pablo,” and it seems to explore a more honest West.After what seems like years of just talking about it, West’s most anticipated album is finally here and features collaborations with...