By Jaynene Moreno | Staff Writer | Majid Jordan’s self-titled album dropped Feb. 5 and it’s easy to say that Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman will go far in their music career. The Toronto power duo is signed to OVO Sound. Their EP "A Place Like This" was released digitally through OVO Sound radio in 2014. They worked with Drake on his hit single “Hold On We’re Going Home” in 2013. They then collaborated again on their first single "My Love" which debuted on Apple Music’s Beats 1. “I really enjoy listening to Drake’s ‘Hold On We’re Going Home,’” said student Elmer Escobar, “but Majid Jordan can definitely hold their own and it’s been proven with this new album.” The two … [Read more...] about Ovo Sound artist, Majid Jordan
By Arthur Medrano | Staff Writer | Lately there has been a rise in popularity with average Joes who get lucky on social media websites and earn fame and fortune just as fast as their followers grow. Making the trek from cyberspace to reality TV is almost every social media user’s dream. A few lucky media junkies have actually made that journey towards appearing on shows like "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" or "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," or even having their own shows. For instance, the YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley appeared on DeGeneres's show and talked about pop culture and his comedy skits from his YouTube channel. He is also a supporter of the LGBT community, which revolves around … [Read more...] about Social Media Stardom
By Jaynene Moreno | Staff Writer | Notable artists are joining the ranks of the music industry yet they are not always given the recognition they deserve. Such artists include Roy Woods, Troye Sivan, Toro Y Moi, Tory Lanez, and SZA. "I think there's a lot of artists people are sleeping on," said student Aimee Alvarez, "mainly because they don't fit mainstream culture or the ideology of what music should sound like." Media is constantly raving about Drake's trendsetting skills but not enough about the talents within his own signed artists, such as Roy Woods. Woods is a passionate Canadian rapper and R&B singer who is currently signed to OVO Sound. Although the singer did … [Read more...] about Artist you’re missing out on!
By Jamey Johnson | Staff Writer | Deck the halls in style. Rap artist Drake, also known as October's Very Own (OVO), is great at making his OVO brand stand out. With his own pair of Jordans that dropped in September, he is now launching a clothing line for women just in time for the holiday season. You can expect all black everything with a cool, casual, comfy vibe; including joggers, puffy jackets, and crop tops. The line goes on sale in Toronto, Canada stores Saturday, Nov. 21 and hits e-shelves online Nov. 28. Jake Gyllenhaal and Drake are painting the city with 50 shades of lipsticks. Tom Ford is coming out with a second collection of the "Lips & Boys" line, with 50 … [Read more...] about Poppin Newz
By Justine Lopez |Staff Writer| Music is a form of art, and no one should ever be told which direction they can take their art. But rappers are known for their 'tough guy' image and of course, their love for women. But what happens when a rapper expresses his love for another man? He gets the black sheep treatment. Even though it's 2015 where being gay is becoming less of a taboo, not everyone has warmed up to the idea yet. Recently on the reality TV show, "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood," viewers got an inside look into lives of up and coming gay rap artists Miles and Malan. During the time of filming, neither of them came out and both expressed their fear of coming out … [Read more...] about Homophobia In hip hop!
By Jamey Johnson |Staff Writer| What goes around comes around and right now punk is making a comeback! The early '70s punk movement was born in London and was known as an anarchic and aggressive movement. To punk teens this meant freedom, they wore what they wanted disregarding the social norms. Forty-five years later we would have never guessed it would be making a comeback as big as it has. You can say that since birth, punk has had a great impact on fashion. Student Nicholas Bishop explains that where he comes from, it was either getting into hardcore drugs like meth or going to outrageous music festivals. For Bishop it was concerts, and that is when the punk scene kicked … [Read more...] about Punk isn’t dead!
By Justine Lopez | Staff Writer | The music industry needs to brace itself because Def Jam Recordings have officially signed a new artist who has taken over the charts. Alessia Cara debuted her first single, "Here," this April and has over 17 million views on YouTube. Her touch of sound is commonly linked to Amy Winehouse, which is not too bad for a 19-year-old from Ontario, Canada. Within the first week of the song's release it accumulated over 500,000 streams and became the recently added track on every teenager's playlist. Complex magazine even labeled it as one of the best Canadian songs of April, and Billboard also added it to their "20 pop songs you need for your … [Read more...] about Alessia Carra is Poppin’
Jamey Johnson | Staff Writer | Hello! From Adele. After drying up our tears after listening to Adele's last album "21," 3 years ago, she has finally grazed us with a "Hello." Listening to this song on Oct. 23, I fell in love. It's been on replay since. But with her lyrics, "Hello, it's me/ I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet/ To go over everything/ They say that time's supposed to heal ya, but I ain't done much healing," can you really blame me? People were happy to hear her voice again, student Jenea Rodriguez said the new song "Hello" gets her excited to listen to the rest of the album. Adele breaks down the song in her interview with Ryan … [Read more...] about Hello! Adele
By Cherae Hunt |Asst. News Editor| It disappoints me as a black woman to see myself portrayed in such a negative light in the media. Black women are seen as either sexual objects or perceived as "ghetto," even though there are plenty of women in power positions that don’t get recognized or represented. All students interviewed are black. "We want to give the appearance that we are living the good life because most songs out today say that if you aren’t drinking alcohol heavily, going to the club every weekend and sleeping with some stranger by the end of the night then your life is boring,” said student Destiny Hunter. All over television and rap music videos black women are … [Read more...] about Black women suffer media degradation
By Raphael Dunn |Staff Writer| School is coming to an end and the weather is starting to change; summer is almost back coyotes! There is something about summer we all love, and a fresh music playlist is ideal for creating memories of those long warm nights. Many summer anthems seem to bear certain similarities depicting upbeat sounds, themes of friendship and love and lounging away with a drink in hand. With that being said, here are some of CSUSB students' top favorite songs for this summer. One Direction seems to be the boy band that never goes away, and despite the recent loss of Zayn Malik, their song "No Control" is still on repeat. The track is off their album "Four," … [Read more...] about Summer Playlist