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Listen to Friday’s hip-hop releases

Listen to Friday’s hip-hop releases

Liam O'Connor, Assistant Entertainment Editor
February 27, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

New music from a wide range of hip-hop artists dropped this past Friday, and there may not be enough time to hear it all before the next batch.

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Migos at the top of the charts with ‘Culture’

Migos at the top of the charts with ‘Culture’

Jack Hamm, Contributor
February 22, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

The Migos may not give you the culture you want, but it’s the culture we have from the nucleus of North Atlanta — “DAT WAY!”

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The ugly side of the songs we love

The ugly side of the songs we love

Fitzgerald Pucci, Contributor
February 21, 2017
Filed under Music, Opinion, Showcase, Voices

Wrapping up ugly lyrics in sweet and repeated layers of sound makes for catchy hooks people learn to sing before understanding.

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Big Sean’s latest album ‘I Decided’ is his best project yet

Big Sean’s latest album ‘I Decided’ is his best project yet

Jonathan Kermah, Contributer
February 16, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

The Detroit rapper's latest album shines with iconic Motown influence.

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UMass Amherst rapper NliteN releases music video for ‘Lite It Up’

UMass Amherst rapper NliteN releases music video for ‘Lite It Up’

Jaylene Lopez, Writer
February 1, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Features, Music, Showcase

Growing up in the inner-city, NliteN shares his experiences with racism, violence, absentee fathers, drugs and alcohol through his music.

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Yookeroo: The new jam band of Amherst

Yookeroo: The new jam band of Amherst

Isaac Simon, Contributor
December 8, 2016
Filed under Around the Valley, Entertainment, Music, Showcase, Student Life

“We’re all trying to make the best kind of music possible and since we’re all on the same page with our approach it makes it much easier to play,” Cornetta said. “It is important that we don’t take ourselves too seriously, we’re just having fun and hoping the crowd will have fun with us.”

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Martin Shkreli leaks unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album after Trump wins the presidency

Martin Shkreli leaks unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album after Trump wins the presidency

Alexandra Pigeon, Entertainment Editor
November 10, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase, Uncategorized

The sole copy of the album "Once Upon A Time In Shaolin" was purchased by Shkreli in 2015 for $2 million, with the condition that he not release it commercially for 88 years.

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Rapper Noname addresses tough topics in her music

Rapper Noname addresses tough topics in her music

Jaylene Lopez, Contributor
October 20, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

Chicago hip-hop artist Noname addresses topics such as poverty, inequality and police brutality in her songs, straying away from typical subjects discussed in mainstream music.

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Cymbal: The app where music talks

Cymbal: The app where music talks

Jordan Allen, Entertainment Editor
October 7, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase, Technology

"Cymbal is about expressing yourself musically, and finding like-minded people who you can learn from and who will expand your musical taste."

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Young The Giant mixes funk and political influence on latest indie rock album

Young The Giant mixes funk and political influence on latest indie rock album

Jaylene Lopez, Contributor
October 3, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

Hailing from the origins of structured indie rock, Young The Giant mixes funk and political influence on newly-released album.

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Carinae returns to Hadley with a style all their own

Carinae returns to Hadley with a style all their own

Luis Fieldman, Contributor
September 22, 2016
Filed under Around the Valley, Entertainment, Music, Profiles, Showcase

The band's performance at The Black Sheep Deli was a treasure trove of unrecorded, unreleased songs.

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Bandcamp broadens opportunity for emerging artists

Bandcamp broadens opportunity for emerging artists

Brett Reardon, Writer
September 15, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase, Technology

Websites like Bandcamp challenge the idea of needing professional producers to enter the music industry by providing independent musicians a platform to release and sell their work independently.

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