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Review: Best albums released this summer (so far)

As the summer nears its end, the Emerald looks back at some of the best albums released during the time of the year when car windows stay rolled down and music means everything. Displayed chronologically, these are the albums the Emerald thinks are must-listens for the summer of 2018. Kanye’s …

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Double Take: Kanye West releases ‘ye’ but not without controversy

Kanye West has returned with a new album “ye,” and in typical fashion for the rapper, its release was padded with Twitter hullaballoo, hints at future collaborations and much controversy. Read the Emerald’s Double Take on West’s first new album since 2016 below. Feel free to chime in with your …

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Review: Pusha T elevates his drug raps, bolsters his legacy on ‘Daytona’

Pusha T’s visceral cocaine raps have sustained him for nearly 20 years. His all-knowing street vernacular and menacing bravado have expertly conjured up authentic kingpin imagery since he was a member of 2000s hip-hop duo Clipse. With his acclaimed “My Name Is My Name” in 2013, with Kanye West at …

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Review: Illenium wows Cuthbert, drops new track ahead of festival appearance in Las Vegas

The University of Oregon campus was surprisingly quiet for a beautiful Friday night on May 18. That is until the sun started to set behind the valley’s rolling hills and sounds of future bass began erupting from Eugene’s Cuthbert Amphitheater.  On Friday, Denver-based producer and DJ Illenium brought his world-renowned …

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Review: Brockhampton’s sold-out performance at WOW hall doesn’t disappoint

A line of anxious fans circled around the corner of 8th Avenue and Lincoln Street on Friday night. The anticipation only continued to build as another hour passed before the up-and-coming rap collective Brockhampton took the stage at the sold-out WOW Hall. Romil Hemnani — the band’s producer and DJ …

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Discography Dive: The good, the bad, the Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi’s discography is defined by his signature sing-rap approach, struggles with mental health and diverse musical styles and interests. But above all: he’s original — and because of this, Kid Cudi has become one of the most influential rap artists of the last 10 years. The Emerald decided to …

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5 albums that have defined the decade so far

It will be up to future generations to determine the 2010s’ legacy. So many conflicting trends did battle in both the charts and the underground this decade that it’s hard to say what will live on in memories and record collections in the future. But this decade has already seen …

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Q&A: Atmosphere’s Slug on the “North of Hell Tour” and their music

Since forming a quarter of a century ago, Atmosphere has remained one of underground hip hop’s most revered and restless creative juggernauts. They’re a band marked by continual growth, from their hard-hitting ’90s work to the more introspective songs they’re known for today. Though they hail from Minneapolis, they’re regulars …

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Kanye West and Jay-Z’s ‘Watch the Throne’: album stream and review

So as “Watch the Throne” blared from my office, I found myself surprised to hear something that felt … insignificant. Two of the most prominent musical figures in our generation’s memory made something that will most likely be forgotten by the time the school year starts next month.

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