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WATCH: Student-rapper dares to be different

Communication studies major and hip-hop artist Matthew

Harold Williams Jr.

October 13, 2016

"I'm going to do something different because people are afraid to be different," said senior communication studies major Mathew Osivwemu, better known by friends and local hip-hop fans as Oke Junior. Oke, which means "gift" in the Nigerian language of Warri, recently releases a new mixtape entitled ...

Rap vs. Women

Cambrie Sevaaetasi

September 20, 2015

Rap has (and continues to) degrade and objectify women. Millions of men and women are bobbing their heads to the beats of these songs. What they fail to realize is the self-hate that is being beaten into the minds of women and young girls across the globe.The sub-human messages about women are set to a...

In the defense of Kanye West

Madyson Baker-Jones

November 25, 2014

I like Kanye West ..Notorious for going off on the paparazzi and his marriage to Kim Kardashian, Kanye ruffles feathers, known as the “extremely obnoxious narcissistic rapper” that everyone loves to hate.He isn't a crowd pleaser, but I still like him.It's no secret that Kanye wants to be recognized, he wants ...

Student rapper focuses on helping others

Courtesy of La'Candus Morrow

October 15, 2014

Creativity and education are the focus for an up-and-coming organization called MindKandi. The organization, ran by a young entrepreneur, hopes to gain 3000 members through an innovative website: State student and rapper, La’Candus “Karasi” Morrow plans on helping students get the reso...

‘Ratchet’ is the new fad in rap music

Anthony Nathan

February 20, 2013

In 2001, Jay-Z’s album “The Blueprint” introduced me to a world of clever wordplay, catchy hooks and a sound that was reminiscent of the days of Al Green and The Jackson 5. I put hip-hop on the highest pedestal for years with room only for the best MC’s. Then something happened. Ratchet happened. ...

Lyrical content is going downhill

Chris Lopez

November 14, 2012

Lyrical content of mainstream music isn’t what it used to be. A majority of artists today are constantly putting out songs regarding shallow subjects, such as sex, fame or fortune, and use vulgarity to garner interest in music. But as catchy as a chorus or clever a verse may be in these songs, it ...

Degrading songs hurt women

Elizabeth Ramirez

October 10, 2012

When we hear a Pitbull, Snoop Dogg or Kanye West song blasting on the radio, we might think of them as musicians with ground-breaking music. These artists have songs everyone can dance to until they have blisters on their feet. However, some might just hear the beat of the song but without listening t...

Kanye West’s new album leaves much to be desired

Christopher Lopez

September 26, 2012

Let me set the record straight before anyone reads any further. This is not a full solo release by Kanye West, but rather a collaboration featuring several artists from G.O.O.D. Music and other labels. Kanye appears on a little over half of the 12 tracks. Artists such as Nicki Minaj, Ghostface Killah, R....

Shallow lyrics in rap illustrate a need to return to social outcries

Artie Valenzuela

September 28, 2011

Let's face it, the rap of today would get beat down by the rap of yesterday. Take a look at the starting roster for the veteran rappers: Tupac at point guard, Notorious B.I.G. at shooting guard, Kurtis Blow at shooting forward, LL Cool J at power forward and Afrika Bambaataa at center. Add the Wu-Tang Cl...