Tag: hip hop

Breakdown of Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn”

| April 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
Breakdown of Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn”

In the early hours of April 14, one of the most eagerly awaited music releases of 2017 was unveiled to the public. “Damn” marks Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album and the response over the past weekend has been nothing short of enthusiastic. So what makes this marvelous rap record so exciting? Below is a simulated […]

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Hanging with Steven Cooper

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
Hanging with Steven Cooper

While everyone is stripping the beat down, he’s doing full on production with live instruments. Lyricist Steven Cooper isn’t afraid to be himself. “The number one thing I love is breaking down those stereotypes,” Cooper said. The Kansas City native isn’t the first person to come to mind when considering conscious rappers, but you may […]

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OP-ED: Iggy Azalea is the face of problematic and blatant cultural appropriation in hip hop

| March 17, 2015 | 9 Comments
OP-ED: Iggy Azalea is the face of problematic and blatant cultural appropriation in hip hop

Australian born rapper Iggy Azalea invaded our radios last summer with her hit song “Fancy.” As Atlanta rapper T.I.’s protégé, Azalea delivers her raps in a Southern black drawl, uses hip hop slang and twerks in almost all her performances, despite being white and hailing from a rural town on the opposite side of the […]

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Young Jules cruises through with ‘Coastin’

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Young Jules cruises through with ‘Coastin’

Baltimore born rapper, Young Jules is expected to debut his new mix tape this week. Since he began rapping, Jules has transitioned from Gospel Rap to mainstream music while managing to preserve his progressive image. The BNR Records artist released the album’s title track and music video, “Coastin” earlier this month. If the video speaks […]

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“The Body Poets” aren’t your typical MTV dance crew

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
“The Body Poets” aren’t your typical MTV dance crew

The unconventionally unique dance crew The Body Poets join UNC Charlotte’s growing list of on-campus performances with their upcoming show on Oct. 11th at 8 p.m. The event will be held in the Student Union in room 340. Omeed Simantob, co-founder of The Body Poets, speaks on the unique name of his dance group and […]

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Cut Chemist experiments with new formulas for his live shows

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Cut Chemist experiments with new formulas for his live shows

On Sept. 11, Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow are performing at The Fillmore in Charlotte. For the Renegades of Rhythm tour, Chemist and Shadow are honoring Hip-Hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa by performing a mix of 650 vinyls from the Master of Records Archive. There will be a visual presentation as they show the roots of Hip-Hop […]

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Kid Ink lets us in his lane

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Kid Ink lets us in his lane

Following the release of his second studio album, “My Own Lane,” California rapper Kid Ink gears up for the Live Nation’s One to Watch tour. The headliner has more than one reason to celebrate the event. Not only is he promoting the January release of his album, but the tour also starts on his birthday. […]

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UNC Charlotte student is offering a fresh new take on rap and hip hop

| December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
UNC Charlotte student is offering a fresh new take on rap and hip hop

As a child growing up in Indianapolis, Khyran Shank never envisioned himself pursuing a career as a rap artist. “As a kid I did almost everything that little kids do,” Shank says. “I played sports and had my little gadgets, but my mind was far away from music.” Even though being a rap artist was […]

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