On New Years Eve 2020, it was announced that the legendary hip-hop artist Daniel Dumile, better known by his main alias MF Doom, had passed away. Doom, 49 when he died, was older than other recently deceased rappers. Pop Smoke was only 20, while Juice WRLD was 21. But if pop culture was riveted by the deaths of those two up-and-coming rap phenoms, MF Doom’s passing should send seismic waves through the artistic world. Doom’s influence not just on hip-hop but on all music cannot be, but so frequently is, understated.
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Action Bronson is a true Renaissance man. No, he’s not the only New York rapper to expand his repertoire past the recording studio. A$AP Rocky, out of Harlem, is a globally recognized fashion icon who also acted in several films, most notably Rick Famuyiwa’s 2015 flick Dope. Jay-Z, out of Brooklyn, was a partial owner of the Nets and was instrumental in getting them to relocate to his home borough. Regardless, Action Bronson — born Ariyan Arslani — is a man of mystery with a seemingly never-ending supply of innovations up his sleeve. From movies to books and fitness to food, Bronson is an assorted, frequently stoned bundle of energy that perfectly represents the diversity and hustle of the city he hails from.
The 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist Steve Lacy out of Compton, Calif. might be the most prolific musician who’s only been legally allowed to drink for 19 months. Still just scratching the surface of his prime, Lacy joined neo-soul group the Internet back in 2014 when he was still in high school and hasn’t looked back. Having already worked with a wide variety of collaborators and producing parts of multiple Grammy-nominated albums, Lacy has cemented himself as one of the most exciting contemporary musicians of the decade. Just as the decade comes to a close, Lacy released The Lo-Fis, a treasure trove of demos and ideas for the dedicated fan.
As part of Gameday VII, The Daily Cardinal's Seamus Rohrer takes a look at college football's Heisman Trophy candidates as championship weekend approaches. A couple of Alabama prospects lead the way.
As part of Gameday VI, Seamus Rohrer lays out the three keys to a Wisconsin victory at No. 16 Iowa this Saturday.
Carl Craig’s road to Forward Madison head coach has been anything but straightforward. Hailing from Newcastle, England, a historically fertile haven for soccer, Craig possesses the wide-ranging knowledge and experience of a renaissance man. Newcastle enculturated him with soccer, but also with the ideals of punk and veganism.
The Badgers may have struck running back gold again in New Jersey.
Sports and religion have always been intertwined. Religious studies author Robert Ellis points out that in ancient times, sports were seen as “communication with the divine,” and we see this exemplified in many primordial cultures. Cherokee Native Americans played a game understood to be in the presence of the “Great Spirit,” and this early form of organized sport was a means of ensuring fertility.
As part of Gameday IV, The Daily Cardinal’s Seamus Rohrer broke down the three keys to a Wisconsin Badgers victory this Saturday against Northwestern.
It’s been twenty years since Gorillaz’ first commercial release, Tomorrow Comes Today, an EP highlighted by its ominous-yet-funky title track. Damon Albarn and his collaborators have since released seven studio albums, with “Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez” being the latest off the assembly line. The latest helping of seventeen highly synergic songs were composed, produced, and recorded in strange times indeed — almost exclusively during the coronavirus lockdown. Initially a sequence of isolated singles released on a monthly basis, Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez is an unexpected galaxy of sound that bounces around genres, styles and even languages. Somewhat surprisingly for an album composed partially of stand-alone singles, no one song really rises above the others and blows you away. Ultimately, Gorillaz’ seventh studio album displays a rich enough sound to leave the listener satisfied, if not a little disoriented. But one thing is crystal clear — Gorillaz have mutated and evolved in unanticipated and fascinating ways.
It’s Monday, the seventh of September. While the rest of the United States relishes in the lazy morning slumber of Labor Day, Marc Rebillet starts a YouTube livestream recording a bongo loop in nothing but boxer briefs. Rebillet — pronounced Rub-E-A — has amassed a cult following thanks in part to these marathons of quirky, completely improvised songs. Also known by his self-dubbed alias Loopdaddy, Rebillet is far from a one-trick pony. His YouTube catalogue of songs seemingly conjured out of thin air is extensive, and he has multiple full length albums on streaming services. Musically, Rebillet draws from funk, neo-soul and hip-hop, creating a tapestry of sound as skillful as it is goofy. Rebillet’s minimalistic sound and setup represent today’s myriad of musical niches, and encourages his audience to find their own.
After a seemingly unceasing offseason, the NFL regular season is finally upon us. It’s an exciting time to be a football fan, as every team boasts at least a few dynamic players and almost every squad has some semblance of playoff hope. The 2020 NFL season will see established veterans attempting to cement their legacy, and a hungry and talented class of rookies looking to burst onto the scene. Among these players are many former Badgers in varying situations, looking to make or uphold their names in an increasingly balanced, competitive league.
Twenty-six years ago this month, The Notorious B.I.G dropped his legendary album, Ready to Die. 1994 was an absolutely riveting year, not just for pop culture but for the world. “Pulp Fiction” and “The Shawshank Redemption” both hit theaters less than a month apart, while Amazon got its start in a garage in Bellevue, Washington, and Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first Black president. Needless to say, 1994 was also a magical year for music. Beck’s Mellow Gold and Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain which defined the alternative/indie niche while elsewhere in hip-hop Nas’s Illmatic would eventually become one of the most critically acclaimed rap projects of all time. But on Sept. 13, 1994, under the brand new label Bad Boy Records, Ready to Die introduced the world to hip-hop’s most recognizable superhero, Biggie Smalls.