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A$AP Ferg and MadeinTYO “Floor Seats” tour review

A$AP Ferg and MadeinTYO “Floor Seats” tour review

Casey McCabe, Editor

November 22, 2019

Saturday November 16th was a significant day, not only because the Gophers lost tragically to Iowa, but also because A$AP Ferg and MadeinTYO rocked the Skyway theater in downtown Minneapolis to its core.  Upon entering the Skyway theater I immediately noticed that the renovations that began last fal...

Why new-school posthumous rap albums are trash

Why new-school posthumous rap albums are trash

Casey McCabe, Editor

November 7, 2019

The posthumous album release is by no means a new thing in the music industry.  One of the early examples of a successful posthumous album release was Otis Redding’s classic “Dock of the Bay” that was released in 1968, just months after his death in December of 1967.  A more recent example w...

The court ethics of hip hop

The court ethics of hip hop

Casey McCabe, Editor

November 6, 2019

Hip hop and rap as a genre has always been political, from the Days of N.W.A. all the way to Childish Gambino’s “This is America.”  With this inherently political connotation, hip hop also portrays a certain kind of authenticity that is not assumed in other genres of music.  In other words, hip...

A mother’s fight for justice: Lil Peep’s mom sues record label for causing her late sons death

A mother’s fight for justice: Lil Peep’s mom sues record label for causing her late sons death

Casey McCabe, Editor

October 26, 2019

The drug culture and the music culture have long influenced each other. From Pink Floyd’s obvious psychedelic influences, to Eric Clapton's self-avowed love of Colombian marching powder, music and drugs have not only coexisted, but have changed each other.  In November 2017, this relationship resulte...

DaBaby’s “Kirk”, a spiritual slapper

DaBaby’s “Kirk”, a spiritual slapper

Casey McCabe, Editor

October 13, 2019

Kirk, the second studio album recorded by DaBaby, was released on September 27th 2019, and debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.  This was the North Carolina native's first album to chart number one, with the premier track on the album “Intro” debuting at number 17 on the Billboard c...

Albums with Addy: Dum and Dummer

Albums with Addy: Dum and Dummer

Addison Scufsa, A&E Editor

September 30, 2019

After a frenzied 2018 filled with releases by most of the biggest artists, it's been a slow year for hip hop. This lull has hurt the dominating performances of hip hop on the Billboard charts, but it's been particularly devastating to the trap subgenre.    Very few artists outside of Dababy and possi...

The ballad of snitch 9ine

The ballad of snitch 9ine

Casey McCabe, Editor

September 27, 2019

Every generation has an artist that is embroiled in controversy and legal troubles.  Arguably for the current generation of rap artists, Tekashi 6ix9ine fits the bill. 6ix9ine’s story has played out rather publicly over social media platforms like Instagram, allowing fans to actually see 6ix9ine’...

Albums with Addy: ZUU by Denzel Curry

Albums with Addy: ZUU by Denzel Curry

Addison Scufsa, A&E Editor

September 16, 2019

Every year before the summer starts, mainstream radio and music commentators ask the question, “What is going to be the summer anthem everyone plays over and over again?”   While “Old Town Road”, “Truth Hurts”, “Bad Guy”, and “Senorita” all were massively overplayed and he...

Buy your tickets A$AP

Buy your tickets A$AP

Casey McCabe, Opinion Editor

September 13, 2019

The Twin Cities play host to many spectacles, but few combine talent from both America's rap Mecca that is New York City and the tropics of Honolulu, Hawaii.  The Skyway Theater is hosting one such banger on November 16th that features both New York’s own A$AP Ferg and MadeinTYO-- a man who toured the w...

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