The Slim Shady LP marked the rise of a rap legend

Back in the ’90s, the hip-hop scene was mostly focused on East and West Coasts. On the West Coast, Tupac was blurring the lines between a rapper and a poet, Snoop Dogg wrote funky hits every single day and who could forget the mack daddy himself, Dr. Dre, who was cranking out hit after hit. […]

Will Coachella’s second weekend repeat the small touches?

With the first weekend of this year’s Coachella Music & Art Festival wrapped up, it’s time to reflect on the highlights and see what people are anticipating for weekend two. Of course the one thing everyone’s been talking about is the holographic resurrection of music legend Tupac Shakur during the Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre set. There […]

Artist collaborations infuse dynamic firepower into rap genre

Many successful rap songs feature memorable guest appearances. What would Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” have sounded like without Alicia Keys? Or how would B.o.B’s smash hit “Airplanes” have fared without the assistance of Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams? The hip-hop genre is notorious for eccentric and unexpected, yet highly successful collaborations. They allow rap to […]

Songwriters deserve credit from listeners and music world

For every great artist, there’s often a greater songwriter at work behind the scenes. That’s because a significant amount of artists, many of them mainstream, show up to sing their songs and build their brands but do not compose the material. In the rap and rock worlds, not writing one’s own material is more unusual. […]

Youtube stars Karmin gain popularity

Youtube has been known as a place where a average Joe with some wicked talent can receive international recognition. Amy and Nick, of the Boston-based acoustic duo Karmin, are the current superstars of the Internet. Uploaded just four days ago, Karmin’s cover of Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now” has received over 1 million views. […]

Pop stars incorporating electronic music, losing persona

I first heard “Hey Baby Baby” with T-Pain on the chorus at a party near campus last semester. If you’re between the ages of 14 and 30 or enjoy pop music, you’ve probably heard the song, too. It might be “old” in most pop listeners’ ears, but it’s still catchy. It’s a senseless yet danceable […]