By Sierra Marrero |Asst. Community Editor| This past weekend Chancellor "Chance the Rapper" Bennett became the first independent artist to receive a Grammy for Best Rap Album. "Glory be to God [...] I claim this victory in the name of the Lord," said Bennett during his acceptance speech. “I wanna thank God for my mother and my father who supported me since I was young […] and for Chicago!" he continued. The award is attributed to his 2016 album Coloring Book, which features other artists like: BJ The Chicago Kid, Chicago Children's Choir, Future, Anderson.Paak, and many more. The album features a dynamic combination of themes reflecting hope and positivity which includes … [Read more...] about Independent is the new dependent
By Jordan Jerry |Staff Writer| The "Coloring Book," also known as Chance 3 is out now! Chancelor Bennett, aka Chance The Rapper is back and he's renewed and refreshed! The 14-track mixtape is filled with reminiscing moments of his childhood in Chicago, to his love for mixtapes and free distribution of music, to showing his true appreciation to God. Chance really threw his soul into this mixtape. If you know the rapper, you know his style is "mind-blowingly" different and filled with good vibes but we can see the maturity he has obtained in the past 4 years. You can see why he calls it "The Coloring Book," with the different messages, types of vibes, and emotions thrown into it, … [Read more...] about Chance The Rapper is Back
By Jordan Jerry |Staff Writer| The trend that begun in the '90s has made a comeback, Recently the use of Church terminology, God, or gospel in hip-hop music has grown tremendously. Artist like Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Drake, Meek Mill and many others have used some kind of Gospel or referred back to God in their music at the cost of the respect of a few listeners that believe this is wrong. The first track from West's album "The Life of Pablo," "Ultra Light Beam" featuring Chance the Rapper, The Dream, and Kirk Franklin, begins with "We don't want no devils in the house/ We want the Lord/ that's it/ hallelujah.. This is a God Dream." He also references to stories of the … [Read more...] about Gospel in Hip Hop Hip Hop in Gospel
By Dawnielle Floyd |Staff Writer| Beatles producer dead at 90 George Martin was announced dead earlier this week at the age of 90, according to Rolling Stone magazine. Martin produced many of the Beatles’ classic discography. Former drummer Ringo Starr tweeted, "God bless George Martin. Peace and love to Judy and his family, love Ringo and Barbara." The cause of his death has not yet been released. Rolling Stone bassist diagnosed with prostate cancer Bill Wyman, former bassist of The Rolling Stones, has revealed his current battle with cancer via Twitter. Wyman tweeted that he expected to make a full recovery. He is currently undergoing treatment, seeing that … [Read more...] about Poppin’ Newz
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!