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Stevens: Dealing with tragedy the wrong way

The last ten months has seen the Hip Hop community coping with the loss of three major artists. Rappers Lil Peep and XXXTentacion passed away earlier this year, but most recently, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller was found dead in his California home. The death was ruled an apparent overdose which …

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Photos: Endless Summer Tour with G-Eazy and Lil Uzi Vert

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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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Review: Rapper Wale turns up the McDonald Theater on his Simply Nothing Tour

The turn up was real on Saturday night as Washington, D.C. rapper Wale took the stage at the McDonald Theatre at about 10:30 p.m. during his Simply Nothing Tour, promoting the upcoming release of his record, The Album About Nothing. Wale’s music is a mix of soulful, percussion driven and …

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Sounds of Sama: King Sama drops his newest EP, ‘Oregon’

King Sama dropped his most recent EP, Oregon, on Oct. 31, 2014. The EP must have been released on Halloween because it is full of treats. Oregon, the EP, features a consistent flow of Neo-Soul rap and melodic tunes that mix with King Sama’s lyrics that describe his experiences in …

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Photos: T-Pain heats up a sellout crowd at Studio 44

Rapper T-Pain performs at Studio 44 in Eugene, Ore., on March 14 as part of his “I Am T-Pain Tour.” Fans who had secured $100 meet-and-greet tickets for the evening were treated to VIP introductions for the artist, who signed memorabilia before his performance. The sellout crowd packed the 1,000-person …

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Rap in 2013 swapped swag for anger and aggression

The year 2013 may be forever remembered as the year “indie” became roughly as mainstream as “alternative” became 20 years prior. As a result, the music-listening public has acquired increasingly left-field tastes, crushing on bearded banjo lumberjacks and rocketing a sixteen-year-old New Zealander up the charts with a single that’s …

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Music: How to complement the mood with the right genre

It happens all the time. You’re having a casual night with friends, sipping on a pint and enjoying good conversation when one of your brilliant guests decides that blasting “Levels,” by Avicii is a good soundtrack to your Sunday night. There are two things wrong here. For one, “Levels” is …

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Blue Scholars sit down for a Q&A after their show at WOW Hall

After a show Sept. 20 at the WOW Hall, the Emerald sat down with DJ/producer Sabzi (Saba Mohajerjasbi) and MC Geologic (George Quibuyen) for an interview about the music creation process and their recent release, “Cinemetropolis.”

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Five up-and-coming rappers you should know about

In the midst of our hip-hop documentary production, Tyree Harris and I have debated over who we would consider to be a high quality rap artist. The rap industry is wide open as of present, and there does not seem to be a filter sifting out the cream of the …

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