Tag Archive for: hip-hop

Drake and Stromae: In a time of international unity, how similar are we?

The Olympics are often seen as a time of international unity, when countries can set aside their differences in order to celebrate humanity’s greatest athletic achievements. Unfortunately, the Olympics just as often evoke both blatant and subtle forms of political posturing that highlight cultural differences rather than commonalities. In the buildup to and commencement of […]

Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg perform at How the West Was Won

When the hip-hop world had lost its Eazy-E, Nate Dogg and Tupac, many fans famously declared that old school hip-hop had lost its generation one OGs. On Oct. 12th, however, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif., the West proved them wrong. On Saturday night, a lineup of OG rappers banded together for the […]

Hip hop provokes thought

Not all hip-hop is a fusion of raunchy remarks and bombastic beats (though I will admit that I enjoy E-40’s “Tell Me When To Go” more than your average 19-year-old). Many contemporary hip-hop artists have discovered creative methods to blend elements of other genres such as pop, reggae and acoustic music to create rich, wholesome […]

Lamar reinvigorates West Coast Rap Music

The pantheon of West Coast hip-hop has, for years, included only four lyrically esteemed and legendary individuals: N.W.A. cohorts Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, the age-defying Snoop Dogg and the one and only Tupac Shakur. Those four — and only those four — comprise the Mount Rushmore of left coast rap. Arguments for inclusion to […]

Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music deliver another hit

ince its 2004 founding, G.O.O.D. Music has been considered one of the industry’s most top labels, and its highly anticipated compilation album Cruel Summer, released Tuesday, did not disappoint. Ringleader Kanye West and his fellow rap and hip-hop impresarios have put together a quality album in a time when no other labels are showing this type of team connectivity.