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Old School vs. New School: Two Generations Show How Music Makes Them One In The Same

Old School vs. New School: Two Generations Show How Music Makes Them One In The Same

Ciera Mcclenton

May 29, 2019

Music has always been emotion evoking. It can help you get through seemingly any situation or mood, either through expressing your emotions or coping. Everyone has go-to songs that they listen to during good or bad times. Musical taste has evolved, for better or for worse. Loy Norrix biology teacher V...

 The Story of NWA: A Glimpse of the Careers, Success, and Legacy of the Group That Came Straight Outta Compton

 The Story of NWA: A Glimpse of the Careers, Success, and Legacy of the Group That Came Straight Outta Compton

Ciera Mcclenton

October 23, 2018

“They empowered black men to not be afraid...to not show fear. They weren't afraid of their background and [showed] through music you can make it out of the hood,” said Loy Norrix senior Stephan Speikes. The golden age of the 20th century, the 90’s was the time of low-rise jeans, oversized shirt...

Modern Hip Hop: A Turn For the Worse

Modern Hip Hop: A Turn For the Worse

Alex Vonhof

June 13, 2018

Without a doubt, the hip hop musicians of this era are an interesting breed. From rapping about the use of drugs, to facing charges for child molestation and domestic abuse, the current hip hop artists are creating a much darker age of hip hop. The most notable cases are XXXTentacion’s domestic ab...

J. Cole's "KOD" Breaks Records and Speaks the Truth

J. Cole's "KOD" Breaks Records and Speaks the Truth

Emily Lewman

June 5, 2018

Jermaine Lamarr Cole, more famously known as rapper J. Cole, released his fifth studio album, “KOD”, on April 20, 2018. According to “Vulture,” the album has broken the record for most streams in a day on Spotify and Apple Music, 36.7 and 64.5 million respectively, a record previously held by Taylo...

Rap Music Could Help us Better Understand Mental Health

Rap Music Could Help us Better Understand Mental Health

Emily Lewman

October 4, 2017

“You shoulda filled that black revolver blast a long time ago And if those mirrors could talk it would say, ‘you gotta go’ And if I told your secrets The world'll know money can't stop a suicidal weakness” -lyrics from rapper Kendrick Lamar’s song “u” When you think of Hip-Hop/R&B mu...

Gambino gives Rap a Wrap

Gambino gives Rap a Wrap

Sidney Richardson

January 25, 2017

Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, released his new album “Awaken, My Love” on December 2nd. This was his 11th album overall and fifth since he emerged into the music scene with his single “Freaks and Geeks” in 2011. Early on, it was quite clear that Glover was dedicated to his raps, as sh...

"You On Point, Phife?" How Old-School Rap and Hip-Hop Influence Today's Music

rubyahensley

May 13, 2016

  Driving down the highway with the windows rolled down, you hear a familiar bass line sliding out of the speakers in your car. The wind screams through your hair, but the sounds of the unknown song pull your ears back to the radio. The old-school beat, jazz samples and simple, yet witty rhymes pul...

Knight Life Mixtape: November 2014

Knight Life Mixtape: November 2014

mxwllevans

November 3, 2014

Another month, another set of songs. 16 more tunes have been added to the Knight Life Mixtape! Click on the link below to listen. Knight Life Mixtape November 2014 Tracklist: Player's Ball, by OutKast Everlasting Light, by The Black Keys Star Scat, by Caravan Palace Slow Jamz, by Kanye West ft...

Knight Life Mixtape: October 2014

Knight Life Mixtape: October 2014

mxwllevans

October 6, 2014

  The first Knight Life Mixtape, compiled by the staff and run through Spotify. Click the link below. Check back every month for new songs that the Knight Life staff has been listening to! Knight Life Mixtape October 2014 Tracklist: All About That Bass, by Meghan Trainor Don't, by Ed Sheeran Baby I'...

Underground Rap Better Than Popular Rap

Underground Rap Better Than Popular Rap

jtownes95

January 24, 2014

When talking to other people who listened to rap in the 80's and 90's  and backpackers, they always mention the current state of rap. Some feel that the constant talk of sex, drugs, and money are why “hip hop is dead,” but contrary to popular belief hip hop is alive and well. You just need to l...

Flashback Friday: “Life After Death”

The Notorious B.I.G's album life after death has been the root of many conspiracy theories ever since it came out.

mxwllevans

October 18, 2013

From here on out, every Friday, we'll take a look back at the deepest, wackiest, and just plain greatest albums released in our birth years (1995-2000). Back in the dark ages of 1997, four years before the iPod, ten years before the iPhone and sixteen years before iOS 7, people listened to their music on non...

Drake Album Leaked Before Scheduled Release

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asiadavis

September 17, 2013

Today Monday September 15th, the highly anticipated “Nothing Will Be The Same” album by Drake was leaked via internet. The word spread like wildfire on twitter and links were being spread by the masses. There was a mixture between excitement of those excited to hear it before the release and distaste...

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