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Joy as an Act of Resistance by the punk group Idles proved to be one of the best albums of the year with its bold lyrics and sound. 

The top ten albums of 2018

By Tyler Neal | December 19, 2018

"Joy as an Act of Resistance" by the punk group Idles proved to be one of the best albums of the year with its bold lyrics and sound. 

Lil Wayne drops ‘Tha Carter V’

By Tyler Neal | October 1, 2018

“Tha Carter V” is an excellent return to form for Lil Wayne, a legendary MC who has spent too long releasing mediocre music. The album features vsmart beat choices, mostly good to great features, and Wayne’s best lyrical work in years. It’s a...

Anti-Valentine’s Day playlist

February 6, 2017

1. ”It’s a Beautiful Day” by Michael Bublé2. ”I’m Free” by the Rolling Stones3. ”Single” by Lil' Wayne4. ”Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfeld5. ”Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper6. “Single” by Natasha Bedingfield7. “Go...

‘No Ceilings 2’ lacks identity compared to past mixtapes

By Michael Malaychuk | November 30, 2015

“Hallelujah, I’m the Hollygrove 2Pac” rapper Lil Wayne said with extreme confidence in his song, “My Name Is,” on the release of his mixtape, “No Ceilings 2,” last week. Unfortunately it sounds like Wayne is trying too hard to remake the...

Check out the 10 most-read Northern Star stories of 2014-15

By Kelly Bauer | May 5, 2015

Catch up on the news and columns you missed this academic year by checking out the 10 most-read Northern Star stories.If you're interested in all the news -- and there was quite a bit in between the Huskies losing at Homecoming and the university implementing...

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...

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...

In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 photo, Big Sean poses for a portrait at Island Def Jam in Santa Monica, Calif. The rapper releases a new album, Hall of Fame, on Aug. 27, 2013.

Big Sean takes control in ‘Hall of Fame’

By Jarrel Sylvers | August 29, 2013

Detroit native and rapper Big Sean steps on the scene this week with his highly personal sophomore debut, “Hall of Fame.”Big Sean delivers on his effort to be more intimate with listeners, providing more detail of his journey than his previous LP...

2013 music releases to look forward to

By Kevin Bartelt | January 23, 2013

With a new year comes new music. Lil Wayne “I Am Not a Human Being II” Expected release: Feb. 19 Although he has changed the release date numerous times, Lil Wayne finally confirmed the official release date in an interview with MTV’s Sway. He also...


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...

Are student opinions really heard at the Convo?

By Chris Krapek | February 20, 2011

A few weeks ago, it was looking pretty grim. The line-up for the spring semester at the Convocation Center was filled with shows that weren't directly aimed at college students. So far, there's been a Christian music concert, well-respected gospel singer...