Kendrick Lamar

Rapture showcases rappers’ backstories, inspirations

<em>Rapture</em> showcases rappers’ backstories, inspirations

Sean Armstrong | Staff Writer 04/19/2018 Hip-hop has evolved significantly in its short lifetime, from the classic cyphers to the East Coast-West Coast war that dominated the ’90s to the global phenomenon that it is today. As can be expected from anything that garnered so much influence in such a short time, various pockets of […]

2018 Grammy Awards lack gender equality

2018 Grammy Awards lack gender equality

02/01/2018 By Shivani Gosai | Opinions Editor Although several celebrities at the 2018 Grammy Awards were adorned with symbolic white roses, the statement of solidarity for the initiative to end sexual harassment and gender inequality ultimately ended there. The hashtag #GrammysSoMale has been trending on social media since Sunday night, and rightfully so. The awards […]

60th Grammys epitomizes gender inequalities

60th Grammys epitomizes gender inequalities

By Nicolas Jozefczyk | A&E Editor 02/01/2018 The 60th Annual Grammy Awards encapsulated strength, vulnerability and, quite frankly, too many honors for Bruno Mars. Unlike last year, the show did not stand out in terms of comedic breaks, but held strong with some jaw-dropping and tear-jerking performances from incredible artists. Opening this year’s show, Kendrick […]

Not just about history: Recognizing contemporary black individuals

Not just about history: Recognizing contemporary black individuals

February is Black History Month, a time of the year dedicated to exploring and celebrating the black experience. Typically that manifests itself in exaltation of figures from the past, as the name “History” might imply. That said, the present is just as much a part of the story. With that in mind, five Duke writers […]

Kendrick Lamar’s half-finished masterpiece

Kendrick Lamar’s half-finished masterpiece

By Zachary Landau | The Duquesne Duke It’s difficult to assess Kendrick Lamar’s newest album in the context of the rest of his career. It would not be too far of a stretch to say that Lamar has positioned himself as a staple of the hip-hop scene, with his unique blend of West and East […]

Survival of the illest: Who holds hip-hop’s throne?

Survival of the illest: Who holds hip-hop’s throne?

By: Saúl Berríos-Thomas | Layout Editor Listening to music is a very personal endeavor, that is why people get much more upset about music awards than movie and TV accolades. Music plays a role in our psyche, our emotions and our mood. Which is why we are having two different people give you their top five […]

Off the Record: Resolutions, reflections and music retribution

By: Sam Fatula | A&E Editor In many ways, the state of 2014’s music scene can be observed as a build-up to something better; the mixtape before the full length release if you will. The only thing fans received from Kanye was another series of brash rants and a Kardashian wedding. Kendrick Lamar debuted a […]

Brendza’s beat: Just say no, Kanye vs. Jay-Z, Game of Rós

By: Zach Brendza | Features Editor Just say no There always seems to be some “rock star” doing something stupid every week. Let’s welcome A$AP Rocky and Tyler Oleson to the program, shall we. Rocky was charged with assault after he allegedly assaulted a female fan during his set at the Made In America festival […]