2017 Albums of the Year

2017 Albums of the Year

Kaizad Irani, Musa Kamara, and Byron Winchester

February 27, 2018


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“Flower Boy” by Tyler, the Creator   Tyler, the Creator, gave listeners one of the most heartfelt and sincere albums of 2017 with his most refined project yet, “Flower Boy.” Through 45 minutes of an eclectic mix of jazz, electronic, and R&B instrumentals, accompanied by beauti...

Lil Uzi is All The Rage

Lil Uzi is All The Rage

Byron Winchester, Business Manager

December 6, 2017


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After riding the wave of his highly successful summer ballad “XO Tour Llif3” Lil Uzi Vert released his debut album “Luv is Rage 2.” The project has 16 songs featuring notable artists such as The Weeknd & Pharrell Williams. As the sequel to his infamous mixtape “Luv Is Rage,” Uzi provides...

BROCKHAMPTON hops on the scene

BROCKHAMPTON hops on the scene

Musa Kamara, Head Online Editor

November 24, 2017


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With the release of their critically acclaimed second studio album, “Saturation II,” the self-proclaimed all-American boy band, Brockhampton, has forayed into hip-hop territory that was previously uncharted. Not only does the group combine a diverse group of black, white, hispanic, southeast Asia...

Tyler, the Creator Gives his Most Polished Album Yet in “Flower Boy

Tyler, the Creator Gives his Most Polished Album Yet in “Flower Boy

Kaizad Irani, Head Managing Editor

November 22, 2017


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Known for his outlandish and eccentric personality, California rapper Tyler, the Creator’s fourth studio album, “Flower Boy,” is, without a doubt, his most sincere, heartfelt, matured, and polished album yet. Up until the release of “Flower Boy,” Tyler’s music and character has been of...

Big Sean? Big Disappointment

Big Sean? Big Disappointment

Musa Kamara, Head Online Editor

May 31, 2017


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Big Sean’s fourth studio album, “I Decided,” though accompanied by the wildly popular singles “Bounce Back” and “Moves,” was a decidedly average collection. While illuminated by all star features from Migos, Eminem, Jhene Aiko, and The-Dream, and featuring an interesting retrospective storyline,...

Noname Delivers A Heartfelt Story On “Telefone”

Noname Delivers A Heartfelt Story On “Telefone”

Kaizad Irani, Head Online Editor

May 31, 2017


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Popularly known for her guest features in Chance the Rapper’s mixtapes,“Acid Rap” and “Coloring Book,” Chicago female rapper Noname’s (formerly Noname Gypsy) debut mixtape, “Telefone,” is an instant classic tale of early adulthood from the point of view of an African American female from...

New Migos Album Is Culturally Shifting

New Migos Album Is Culturally Shifting

Byron Winchester, Business Manager

May 31, 2017


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With their 2013 breakout single “Versace,”Atlanta-based trio Migos established their own unique style of trap-rap. “Versace” brazenly honed in on the materialist side of hip hop, with rappers Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset tag-teaming rhymes that come in smooth, yet choppy bursts, that create a tangy...

Goldlink Finds Brighter, Homegrown Sound

Goldlink Finds Brighter, Homegrown Sound

Chris Ritter, Visual Editor

May 31, 2017


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Type in “DMV rappers” into Google and the list you get will be short. Pusha T and Wale will come up, so might Logic. If you extend the search to all of Virginia, Missy Elliot, Pharrell and a host of others enter the mix, but the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area is not particularly noted as a hotbed for...

2016 Albums And Songs Of The Year

2016 Albums And Songs Of The Year

Chris Ritter, Head Visual Editor

April 2, 2017


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Honorable Mention (no particular order): David Bowie - Blackstar Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered. Gallant - Ology Noname - Telefone Flume - Skin Isaiah Rashad - The Sun’s Tirade Rihanna - ANTI Kweku Collins - Nat Love The 1975 - I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so u...

2017 Grammy Predictions: Who Will and Should Win

2017 Grammy Predictions: Who Will and Should Win

Chris Ritter, Head Visual Editor

February 10, 2017


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Album Of The Year: “25” — Adele “Lemonade” — Beyoncé “Purpose” — Justin Bieber “Views” — Drake “A Sailor's Guide To Earth” — Sturgill Simpson   The 2016 record year brought some of the most creative, high-reaching, and artistically daring albums of the decade. This year...

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