From the songs of the 60s and 70s to hip-hop, pop, jazz and punk, the use of cannabis has its footprints across the world of music. Yet weed also holds a strong presence in film and even gaming. Our Arts staff assembled this diverse list of our favorite music, movies and more that come to mind when we think about the intersection of art and cannabis.
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Albums, movies and books that arts writers at the Daily Cardinal are enjoying over the summer.
One of the most electrifying SEC battles in recent memory took place not on the gridiron in the fall, but in the press room in May, between two of college football’s most legendary coaches.
It’s a lively, warm night at Der Rathskeller in Memorial Union. Friends gather in groups as the last assignments of midterm season are vanquished. The line for food winds around the corner and the dining room begins to fill with people eating, studying and relaxing.
Music is many things, but for the artist it’s often a therapeutic way to deal with feelings and emotional energy. Putting one’s feelings into lyrics and instruments is a great way to channel this energy, whether you’re celebrating an amazing relationship, lamenting losing your lover or anything in between. Because of this, the ‘love song’ is one of the most repeated tropes in music.
Hip-hop love songs are severely underrated, and rappers are often not taken as seriously when they write them. But the best hip-hop love songs are masterful — bringing new elements and real emotion to the love song genre while still oozing the luxurious swagger of rap.
It’s been a busy month for Cordae. He released his sophomore album, From a Bird’s Eye View, on Jan. 14, an ambitious 14-track project with several high-profile features, such as Freddie Gibbs and Lil Wayne. It’s a solid record that’s fairly reminiscent of his first album, with an emphasis on production that still lets him display his flow. But Cordae’s most impressive musical endeavor of the month came two days prior, when he appeared on Power 106 FM in Los Angeles to freestyle.
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In the midst of his 2021 tour, Alex G stopped by Madison to play at the Majestic Theater. It was another cozy, intimate show at the Majestic with people in jackets pressed together and the heat turned up on a chilly November night.
Last Thursday, in what was their first venue concert in two years, Slow Pulp put on a glorious show at the Majestic Theater. It was the first show of the band’s first ever headlining tour, which will feature 29 concerts across the country with shows in Los Angeles, Seattle and Brooklyn already sold out.
University of Wisconsin-Madison seniors Deryk G and Godly the Ruler held a concert at Rathskeller for a small but intimate crowd on the Friday before Halloween. Despite the stark contrast between Deryk G’s softer indie and Godly’s bombastic rap, the festive audience soaked up every second.
Wisconsin will resume Big Ten play this week with another ranked rival from the Eastern Division. No.14 ranked Michigan comes to town on Saturday, along with yet another Fox Sports Big Noon Kickoff crew. This game has been a spectacle in recent years, but these Badgers look nothing like the team that blew out Michigan in the Big House last year 49-11. In order for Wisconsin to get back on track against a tough Wolverine team, they must do three things exceptionally well.
Fresh off her breakthrough album “Jubilee,” there was little question Michelle Zauner and her entourage that makes up Japanese Breakfast would bring the energy on a Saturday night in Madison.
Badger football is reeling after an opening Big Ten loss last Saturday and Eastern Michigan awaits the team for game two. The offense, which was anticipated to be the best Madison has seen in decades, struggled mightily. The defense showed more promise, save for a few receptions given up downfield.
Kanye West is a new man. Or should we call him Ye, as that’s what he officially applied to change his name to. Whether anyone calls him that or not, it’s just one of the many changes the man formerly known as Kanye West has gone through since his last release, JESUS IS KING in 2019.
The Madison concert scene will return in full force this fall. With a sprawling slate of shows lined up, there’s something for everyone as we welcome back the joy of live performance. There’s a fantastic mix of newer and classic artists, with some up-and-coming newbies along with some big-time names. Here are some of the highlights from a loaded lineup:
Music has many geographical hotbeds that consistently produce artists with an undeniable impact on culture. The same can be said about other forms of human expression, such as visual arts, literature and sports. Where one is from has a sizable impact on what their expression looks like.
After last year’s baffling draft decisions, especially on the first two days, the Green Bay Packers will once again look to shore up their weaknesses and gear up for another ride with Aaron Rodgers. It’s not that drafting a third string quarterback (Jordan Love) and a third string running back (AJ Dillon) with their first two picks hurt the Packers title chances last year, it’s that they didn’t contribute to them at all.
In what seems to be an increasingly frequent occurrence, the NCAA has been making headlines as its dated and oppressive practices are finally being legitimately questioned. Of course, once Americans’ craving for sports outweighs their curiosity about social justice, as it eventually does every time the NCAA is put on the hot seat, the organization will resume its status as the unopposed facilitator of college sports.
“I regret a lot of things. I f*cked my life up.”