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“DAMN.,” a timely masterpiece

Kevin Smith, Executive Editor
April 28, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

On April 14, Kendrick Lamar released “DAMN.,” an album that reflects the reality of a troubled and conflicted man. The album comes in a political climate that has caused many to question their identity and sense of place in America. This album provides a window into Lamar’s struggles as a Black ...

Playlist of the Week Apr 28 – May 5

Smruthi Maganti, Arts and Entertainment Editor
April 28, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Pitchfork.com “Bambi” - Jidenna Released in February this year, “Bambi” is a combination of sick beat, smooth vibe and clever lyrics. With a motown, almost Doo-wop-y, feel, Jidenna raps and sings over a combination of beats and instrumentals. As the promotional single for his first album, “Bambi”...

Playlist of the week Apr 21- 27

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter
April 21, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Prettymuchamazing.com “DAMN.” by Kendrick Lamar Dropping at midnight last Friday, “Kung Fu Kenny” delivered big time with an electrifying album that brings the elements of his previous albums full circle into one cohesive project. Headed by “HUMBLE.” the album was expected to be heavier on raps than La...

Playlist of the Week April 14 – 20

Connor Swingle, Staff reporter
April 14, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Source: soundcloud.com Princess Nokia - “Tomboy” Princess Nokia is a Bronx native who may be one of the most versatile rapper, musician and artist in the game right now. On “1992”, she masterfully switches between incredibly combative and remarkably laid back deliveries, while many rap...

Playlist of the Week Apr 7 – 13

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter
April 7, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Courtesy of hotnewhiphop.com “HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar A week after releasing the hottest diss track of 2017, Kendrick Lamar is pouring even more gasoline all over the fire of hype surrounding his forthcoming LP. “HUMBLE.” features barebones drums, booming bass and a minimal piano melody with Kendrick...

Playlist of the Week March 31 – April 6

Connor Swingle, Staff Reporter
March 31, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Source - bestclassicbands.com Chuck Berry - “Maybellene” Chuck Berry, the undisputable father of rock and roll, passed away from natural causes at 90 last week. His music was characterised by his vamped country rhythms blended with bluesy licks topped with a pioneering guitar showmanship. R...

Drake’s playlist could use a little more life

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter
March 31, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Drake is back with an all new album less than a year after “Views.” Well, maybe not an album. “More Life” is labeled as “a playlist by October Firm.” This begs the question: why call this 22 track, 81 minute long epic a playlist instead of a full LP? Part of me thinks that Drake is trying ...

Playlist of the Week March 24 – March 31

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter
March 24, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Genius.com Drake—“More Life” Released unexpectedly this past Saturday, “More Life” is a collection of 22 songs that Drake labels a “playlist,” rather than an album. The jury is still out on if this is a marketing scheme, or a creative side to Drake that’s never been seen before. Regard...

The Japanese House makes Cleveland debut

Kait Funk, Arts and Entertainment Designer
March 3, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music

The Grog Shop, known well for its intimate and cozy setting, was the perfect venue for the atmospheric, synth vibes of Amber Bain, a solo artist otherwise known as “The Japanese House.” An indie pop artist from Buckinghamshire, East London, The Japanese House has released three EPs and has toured ...

Playlist of the Week Mar 3 – Mar 9

Chrismaly Vidal, Staff Reporter
March 3, 2017
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

In Celebration of Dominican Independence Day (Feb. 27th) La Carretera - Prince Royce “La Carretera” is the fourth song from the Dominican-American's fifth album “Five.” Although his newest album dropped just this past week, he actually released “La Carretera” as the first single May of 2016. This thre...

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