hip-hop

Get Live hits The Depot stage tomorrow for a hip-hop concert

November 7, 2018 Life 0 Comments

The Depot will be hosting Get Live! A hip-hop concert performed by SF State students and a local artist. SF State’s very own Jay “Bombay” Bodii, who will be hosting the event on Nov. 8 from 6p.m.-9 p.m. on the lower conference level inside the Cesar Chavez building. Brandon Bock aka Prophet, double majoring in ...

Travis Scott: A rager for a new generation

October 15, 2018 Latest Opinion

“‘99 took Astroworld, it had to relocate – Told the dogs I’d bring it back; it was a seal of faith,” proclaims Travis Scott on his track “Stargazing” off his album “Astroworld,” released in August. This is a testament to the monstrous image the 26-year-old Houston native has carved out for himself. Known by many monikers, ...

Rolling Loud takes on the Bay Area

September 18, 2018 Life

The all-around hyphy nature the Bay Area is known for returned to the Oakland Coliseum for the third annual Rolling Loud Festival. The festival drew in a powerhouse of names from the hip-hop community, including Travis Scott, YG, Young Thug and many more. The festival that housed a crowd of 40,000 hip-hop heads also included ...

Hiero Day honors the hip-hop community

September 6, 2018 Life

Hyphy beats, marijuana smoke and good vibes filled downtown Oakland this Labor Day as people of all ages from all over the Bay Area attended the seventh annual Hiero Day Music Festival, where hip-hop legends and up-and-comers celebrated the city’s culture and music scene. The festivities kicked off at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 3 ...

Lil boat, big problems

March 15, 2018 Opinion

The self-proclaimed “King of Teens,” Lil Yachty, has been at the forefront of today’s hip-hop discussions since his single “One Night” went viral and catapulted him into the social media limelight. Since then, the 20-year-old has completely seized the opportunity. He’s marketed himself amazingly well, wedging his way into pop culture’s mainstream and even earning ...

Scripts and soundscapes

February 15, 2018 Opinion

As someone who doesn’t watch many movies, I couldn’t give the most informed answer as to how diverse and meaningful soundtracks are to films. What I do know is that the anticipation for “Black Panther” is intense. Another thing I know is that, arguably, the most successful rapper today, Kendrick Lamar, and his label directly ...

Rappers ditch lean to bring awareness

February 14, 2018 Life

Codeine, also known as lean, has been sensationalized by the rap community making it popular with college students. An SF State student, who would like to remain anonymous, said the rap community has influenced his lean intake. “They influenced me to keep drinking it cause they made it sound gangster as f––k and I was ...

25 years later, still dope

December 15, 2017 Opinion 1 Comment

I always wondered if Dr. Dre was a philosopher when I was younger but now I finally understand what the Doc meant when he said, “This is dedicated to the n****z that was down from day one,” in the opening line of the intro on his album, “The Chronic.” It’s been 25 years since the ...

Mumble rap or crumbling rap?

October 17, 2017 Opinion

I once protected hip hop’s values –– I was the one championing supreme lyricism. My favorite rapper is Lupe Fiasco, so if anyone wasn’t in that same wordplay stratosphere, I immediately called them trash. If I could decipher an artist’s lyrics in under two listens, then what was the point of listening to the song ...

Kendrick Lamar’s album is just what America needs to hear

April 19, 2017 Opinion

Once again, a dim light is brightened by Kendrick Lamar. In a time when it’s needed most, his thought process on what is currently happening to and within the black community is relayed in Lamar’s latest album DAMN. Current issues regarding black youth in America are discussed on a personal level, allowing the artist to ...

SFSU Breakers break it down at UCBL 2017

April 18, 2017 Life Multimedia

SFSU Breakers faced off against its first major break dancing competition in the 11th annual Unified Collegiate Breaking League at Danzhaus Dance Center in San Francisco on March 25, 2017. The competition gave a taste for students, artist and local Bboys an opportunity to rekindle some flare with rival teams and connect with some local ...

Battle of the bands at SF State

April 18, 2017 Life Multimedia

Associated Students of San Francisco State University hosted the battle of the bands in The Depot Tuesday, April 11 as the second event of the 7th annual Rhythms Fusic Festival. Funky soul and hip-hop band Brother Gipson and the Mantra set The Depot on fire with their heavy backbeat to win the grand prize of ...

SF State’s Hip Hop State of Mind aims to educate

March 1, 2016 Life

[slideshow_deploy id=’70929′] Students huddled around on Monday during an event held by the student organization Hip Hop State of Mind along with a Bay Area Grassroots organization, HipHopForChange, Inc. Break-dancers performed, rappers free-styled and students and SF State alumni gathered in Malcolm X Plaza to bring attention the budget controversy in the College of Ethnic Studies. “Yesterday ...

Kanye’s ego shines through on new album

February 23, 2016 Opinion

Kanye West has unapologetically put his ego on full blast in his new album, “The Life of Pablo.” I’m not one who agrees with everything he says or does, but that’s the Kanye of today – an egotistical artist who says and does what he wants. Kanye recently admitted on Twitter that his ego is ...

Student DJ mixes music and academics

February 3, 2016 Life

Dazzling colored lights illuminated the dance floor, strobe lights flickered and sound waves of throwback hip hop ricocheted off the walls. Gilbert Adam Guillen, a 21-year-old SF State student, had the crowd getting down by dropping beats, leaving them in awe at the Horizon Lounge. Guillen, a senior majoring in health education at SF State, is a barista ...

New student group brings hip-hop culture to campus

November 10, 2015 Life

On a glowing TV set in a quiet living room in Gothenburg, Sweden, an MC dressed in a black turtleneck and trench coat strutted across the screen. A small, 10-year-old girl sat transfixed as the MC bounced to the rhythm of the synthesizers before staring the camera down with a challenging, confident gaze. Her eyes lingered for a beat until Feven, Sweden’s ...

Panel talks on educating students through contemporary hip-hop

April 26, 2014 Life

Students might expect a hip-hop class to focus on top 40s, but SF State’s hip-hop course went underground with a special lecture on hip-hop that included satire, interdisciplinary art, education and its cultural evolution. The panel, invited by lecturer and DJ Davey D and Assistant Professor Dawn-Elissa Fischer, featured the interdisciplinary artist Jean Grae, hip-hop ...