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21 Savage, Offset team with Metro Boomin’

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The dry-spoken, braggadocio rapper 21 Savage and hard-hitting Migos member, Offset, teamed up with premium trap producer Metro Boomin to deliver one of the rawest albums yet, “Without Warning.” The Atlanta trio worked on this album to bring back the simplicity of a good trap project: grand production with dark, clever bars. Without Warning, as…

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Ed Sheeran glows in third installment

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Lian Bunny Photo Editor Ed Sheeran cruises through Croonersville while neatly avoiding Clichétown with his third studio album, Divide. The English singer-songwriter finds the perfect symbiotic balance of poppy, hip-hop beats and smooth, sentimental ballots. Tunes like “Shape of You” have catchy choruses to get up and dance to, while love songs like “Perfect” pluck…

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Syd returns with soulful tape

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Syd Bennett, formerly known as Syd tha Kid and mostly known from her work with Odd Future, has been in the music scene for quite some time, but it is doubtful that many had heard of her. Syd released her solo debut album early this year and her reactions were “encore.” This album, Fin, is…

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Khalid reflects in American Teen

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Every once in a few lukewarm pop albums, we’re gifted something fantastic — a record with dynamicity that yanks at past heartstrings with resonance. Nineteen-year-old singer Khalid does just that on American Teen, his light and beachy debut album. The piece brings warmth to a bitter winter’s day — and peace of mind in Khalid’s…

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Gambino pleases again with electrifying new installment

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By Thomas Cottingham Features Assignment Editor Donald Glover, also known as his stage name, Childish Gambino, has been having a monster year. From creating his new hit TV show on FX, Atlanta, to acting in movies and to releasing his highly anticipated album, “Awaken, My Love!,” Glover is moving onto bigger and better things. His…

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Yes Lawd! collaborators at it again

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By Thomas Cottingham Features Assignment Editor Collaboration projects are starting to grow more common in the hip-hop industry. While projects such as Watch the Throne, Hell: The Sequel and What a Time to Be Alive bring out huge commercial success with party anthems and radio singles, NxWorries’ Yes Lawd! is the collaboration gem of 2016.…

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Local rap group releases second album

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By Thomas Cottingham Features Assignment Editor After a large exposure with the Bonaventure student body, Olean rap group Microphone Mafia is back with another album. The group’s claim to fame on campus was discovered by their first mixtape and standout, Bona-related songs, “Bona Chick” and “Smart Girls Only,” released last year. The rap group consists…

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Bon Iver succeeds with a new artistic approach

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By Thomas Cottingham Features Assignment Editor After a five-year hiatus, indie folk band Bon Iver released one of its most ambitious albums yet, 22, A Million. The mastermind behind Bon Iver, lead singer and songwriter Justin Vernon, creates not only meaningful lyrics but powerful sounds that must coexist for his vision of the band’s sound.…

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Isaiah Rashad: Addiction turned artistry

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By Thomas Cottingham Features Assignment Editor While traveling with fellow label mate Schoolboy Q of Top Dawg Entertainment earlier this year, newcomer and Tennessee rapper Isaiah Rashad was stuck in the mud. During the world tour, Rashad became hooked on hard drugs and alcohol. He slept on friends’ couches because he had no place to…

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Mac Miller embraces feminine side in his newest installment

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By Joshua Svetz Contributing Writer Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller has had an intriguing and diverse career. From beginning as an indie hip-hop artist with Kids to an introspective artist with Faces, Miller has changed styles countless times. While most of his projects carry a burden of style-change growing pains, The Divine Feminine avoids the usual…

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By Thomas Cottingham Staff Writer Last week, Kendrick Lamar followed the recent trend of surprise album releases by dropping his new record “untitled unmastered.” Lamar thanked NBA superstar Lebron James for requesting new music from him via Twitter. Kendrick listened and sure did deliver. The result is an eight-track album that is full of raw,…

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Coming to a playlist near you: new Kanye West

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By Thomas Cottingham   Kanye West, Grammy-award-winning rapper and producer, has some huge plans this week for the music and fashion industry that have been kept secret for years. West will be presenting his new clothing line, Season 3, on a global scale in select theatres all over the world on Feb.11. That’s not all:…

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High on beach, high on charts

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By Lauren Zazzara Features Editor   Lana Del Rey’s music career clearly wasn’t “Born to Die” (the title of her first album), as she released her newest album, “Honeymoon,” on Sept. 19. “Honeymoon” is Del Rey’s fourth studio album, following up her dark and troubled “Ultraviolence” from 2014. As compared to the hip-hop influence of…

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Final brick in the wall

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By Harrison Leone Managing Editor Pink Floyd is, by any measure, one of the greatest and most influential musical acts of the 20th century. They have sold over a quarter of a million albums worldwide, including the second bestselling record in history, “Dark Side of the Moon,” which stayed on the Billboard top 100 chart…

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From snobby to soulful

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By Lauren Zazzara Staff Writer If you are a Gossip Girl fan, you know the name Leighton Meester. You will probably be surprised to hear that preppy, snobby and scheming Blair Waldorf has released an indie pop album. On Oct. 27, Meester released “Heartstrings,” a nine-track album loaded with chill and beautiful music. The title…

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Taylor-made pop

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By Nicolette DiMura Staff Writer   Taylor Swift shook off her country roots with a new sound in her recently released album, “1989.” Swift released her first pop album on Oct. 27. Her first single, “Shake It Off” immediately made it to number one on the Billboard charts. The bold record, she said, was inspired…

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Fans abuzz over ‘Mosquito’

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By Samantha Berkhead Managing Editor Merriam-Webster defines “sacrilege” as “a technical and not necessarily intrinsically outrageous violation of what is sacred.” It only makes sense, then, for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to incorporate a gospel choir into “Sacrilege,” the lead single from their latest album, “Mosquito.” The New York trio has become famous over the…

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