RAP

Eminem vs. MGK beef shows no signs of slowing down

September 20, 2018 Opinion 0 Comments

There are always celebrity feuds occurring in Hollywood, but the most recent; and most entertaining has been between Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly. Otherwise known as MGK. Since Eminem has dropped his phenomenal album, “Kamikaze,” he has reportedly taken shots at MGK with his song “Not Alike.” The beef all began in 2012 when Machine ...

Rolling Loud takes on the Bay Area

September 18, 2018 Life 0 Comments

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 ...

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 ...

Seeing an artist early on may be the best time to do so

November 15, 2017 Opinion

I attended my first concert in 2011, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It was a Big Sean show at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco during his “I Am Finally Famous” tour. “Finally Famous” was my favorite album at the time, and hearing Sean make the songs come to life was amazing. It sounded ...

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 ...

Misogyny in our society nearly kills R&B artist Kehlani

April 5, 2016 Opinion

Celebrity news has seen yet another case of slut-shaming and double standards this past week. R&B singer Kehlani was accused of cheating on her boyfriend Kyrie Irving with her ex, Canadian singer and rapper PartyNextDoor, after PND posted a photo on Instagram of him holding her hand in bed. Even though the picture was only ...