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Playlist of the Week: Sep 1 – 7

Smruthi Maganti, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 1, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Nemesis” - Benjamin Clementine “Nemesis” is one of the singles off of Benjamin Clementine’s 2015 album, “At Least for Now,” which won the Mercury Prize in England. The song showcases Clementine’s strong vocals and soulful lyrics, as well as his taste for instrumentals. With a new albu...

Kesha is back and better than before

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

August 25, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Eighth grade to high school for me was dominated by Kesha (formerly known as Ke$ha). I loved the raunchy and blunt lyrics and her devil-may-care attitude. The shallow party music was my guilty pleasure. I was upset when Kesha stopped churning out new music. (Although it was later revealed to be a resu...

Playlist of the week Aug 25 – 31

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter

August 25, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

   www.directlyrics.com “Younger Now” – Miley Cyrus Opening with the sounds of rain, a strumming guitar and the line “Feels like I just woke up,” this song embodies the maturation of Miley Cyrus. The song is breezy, emotive and pleasantly nostalgic. Cyrus keeps her country twang but combines ...

French Montana’s “Jungle Rules” roars talent

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

July 30, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

French Montana is back with “Jungle Rules.” The album follows his debut with “Excuse My French,” back in 2013. “MC4” was meant to be his sophomore album but was leaked so Montana released it as a mixtape instead.   Four years later and clocking in at a little more than an hour, “Jungle R...

Over 30 artists converge to let “Grateful” land a few hits

Over 30 artists converge to let “Grateful” land a few hits

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

July 25, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

From its very first song, DJ Khaled’s album “Grateful” is over the top, dramatic and expertly mixed as we’ve come to expect, given his social media presence, especially on Snapchat. “Grateful” is Khaled’s tenth studio album (more like a mixtape, I think) made almost entirely of Grammy-nominated...

“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...

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