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Drake and J. Cole Working Together

Joseph Rodriguez, writer/reporter

April 18, 2019

Rappers, Drake and J. Cole are two of the most influential artists in the music industry. Both are currently in the top 50 for most Spotify streams and have a combined 11 studio albums. They are also regarded as some of the best rappers of all time. The two have worked on music before with one of their...

Rapper Nipsey Hussle Dead at 33

David Ibarra, Reporter

April 1, 2019

Hip Hop artist and social activist Ermias Asghedom, known as Nipsey Hussle, died Sunday afternoon in South Los Angeles, Calif. after being shot six times. The Grammy-nominated artist was shot in the parking lot of his store, Marathon Clothing, at around 3:25 p.m., police sources say. He was pronounc...

J Cole’s New Album “K.O.D.” Addresses This Generation’s Drug-Addled Capitalist Society

J Cole’s New Album “K.O.D.” Addresses This Generation’s Drug-Addled Capitalist Society

Autumn Lewis, Reporter

May 2, 2018

This past Friday, J Cole dropped his fifth studio album "K.O.D." He posted on Twitter a couple days before K.O.D.'s release, stating the words behind the illusive album title's acronym. There are 3 meanings: Kill Our Demons, King Overdosed, and Kids on Drugs. It was no coincidence that Cole...

“You Gotta Take This Class”: History of Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture

“You Gotta Take This Class”: History of Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture

Autumn Lewis, Reporter

February 26, 2018

Looking to fulfill your arts requirement in your general education while learning about the kind music you listen to on a daily basis? This is the class for you. With Rap music and Hip Hop Culture being so prominent in today's society, especially with the millineal generation, its only right that...

Rapper XXXTentacion Announces The Revenge Tour

Rapper XXXTentacion Announces The Revenge Tour

Jonathan Manjarrez, Staff Writer

May 9, 2017

Infamous for serving a jail sentence for aggravated battery and home invasion, underground rapper has enjoyed the riches of success while behind bars. XXXTentacion has formed a cult following of loyal fans for his furious flow that is very similar to the punk rock and metal ages of the yesteryear. All...

DAMN by Kendrick Lamar Album Review

DAMN by Kendrick Lamar Album Review

Jonathan Manjarrez, Staff Writer

May 2, 2017

Kendrick Lamar is arguably one of the best rap artists in the industry today and he cemented his status as one of the best rappers in history after his release of his fourth studio album, DAMN. Kendrick or Kung Fu Kenny that he is referred to numerous times on his new album shocked the world when he...

Future brings his album “Future” to life

Future brings his album “Future” to life

Cassidy Campos, Staff Writer

March 8, 2017

Atlanta’s trap artist, Future, has finally released his self-titled album. The project was originally announced to be released earlier last week, but was leaked through spotify a day early before the actual set date. Future confirmed on his social media  that the album had no features, which is somet...

Kendrick Lamar releases ‘untitled unmastered.’, a collection of demos

Kendrick Lamar releases ‘untitled unmastered.’, a collection of demos

Ryan Guerrero, Managing Editor

March 12, 2016

Pimp pimp!... Hooray! Three months into 2016 and hip-hop fans already have a new Kendrick Lamar record to listen to. Sort of. The Compton native rapper released a collection of 8 previously unreleased demos on March 4 that originated during the recording of Lamar's album "To Pimp a Butterfly", ...

GoldLink triumphs on his debut release, ‘And After That, We Didn’t Talk’

GoldLink triumphs on his debut release, ‘And After That, We Didn’t Talk’

Ryan Guerrero, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 16, 2015

After a string of popular tracks on Soundcloud within the past two years, a well-received mixtape in 2014, and a spot on the 2015 XXL Freshmen list; Washington DC rapper GoldLink finally released his debut project "And After That, We Didn't Talk" on Nov. 6 through Los Angeles music collective and re...

Know the Zip

Know the Zip

Elder Hinojosa, Staff Writer

September 21, 2015

Review Rating: A- The first dog is finally off the leash again. The first member of Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) Jay Rock has finally dropped his highly anticipated album 90059 on Sept. 11 after four long years. Most fans were probably expecting more tracks from the Watts rapper after ...

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