Kendrick Lamar’s discography is nothing short of extraordinary. Section.80 told the story of a generation that grew up in a crack era. Good Kid, m.A.A.d city was a fascinating case study of a young man’s shenanigans in Compton. To Pimp a Butterfly exposed the world’s exploitation of black artists in American society.
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When CyHi The Prynce snuck his verse onto a rough cut of Kanye West’s track “So Appalled” back in 2010, he proved to music icons like Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Kanye himself that he is a top tier lyricist. Since then, he has released a bundle of mixtapes written for Kanye and has been nominated for five Grammys, but he still doesn’t have a full-length commercial release.
Weezy F. Baby—one of Lil Wayne’s many monikers—has undeniably solidified himself as a legend in hip-hop. Saturday night, he and his opener CyHi The Prynce did their best to get everyone in the sold-out Orpheum Theater as wild as possible.
After teasing a mixtape for what seems like ages, Playboi Carti’s debut, self-titled tape is finally here, and despite the hype, it’s pretty underwhelming. Playboi Carti is really nothing more than a stereotypical dive into the “trendsetting” life of a rising SoundCloud rapper.
In the first episode of Rock With the Flock, The Daily Cardinal arts staff discusses the latest movie trailers, "13 Reasons Why" and upcoming films.
On his debut album in 2015, Brooklyn MC Joey Bada$$ rapped, “Always drop hot s--t / Toroidal Flow keep constant / And I won't stop 'til I reach Christ Conscious.” With his latest project, ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$, he’s still dropping hot shit, and he’s one step closer to fully understanding how the world, and more specifically, America, works.
In the first episode of Rock With the Flock, The Daily Cardinal arts staff reflect on this year's South by Southwest film and music festival experience.
Danny Brown has come to be known as one of hip-hop’s most eccentric figures. When I first heard him, I (like countless others upon first listening) was skeptical about his music—all because of his nasally, high-pitched voice. He looks the part, too. He knows that he’s outside the mainstream. Better yet, he takes pride in his originality.
Originally, the bands Kashikoi and Child’s Play only planned on having one jam session when they set up a gig together back in April 2014. Child’s Play opened up their show with Kashikoi following right after. The combo jam session came next. With a mix of improv and loosely developed grooves, the seven-member supergroup tore up the stage.
A lot of teenagers have their own cars. Even fewer purchased the car entirely on their own. And an even smaller number did so using money they saved in less than a year. Davon Prather, better known by his stage name Trapo, did all of the above using money he earned entirely from rapping.
If you go on Google and search “gold music band,” you’ll find bands called GOLD, Gold, Band of Gold and several others if you scroll through the first couple pages. That’s why the Milwaukee-based band GGOOLLDD doubled every letter and made it all-caps. It’s their way to distinguish themselves from the get-go, but this band is much more than an attempt to stand out from the crowd so they can get big.
With the music section of SXSW officially underway, musicians have already started bringing their A-game across the gorgeous city of Austin, Texas.
As the year 2000 approached, a new wave of artists were born who would go on to grow up in a world where time on the internet was just as important as time outside. A world where hip-hop music took major shifts toward greater personal vulnerability. A world where hip-hop and R&B have become increasingly intertwined. A world where embracing your quirks would become increasingly accepted. Khalid, a 19-year-old artist from El Paso, is the newest addition to this changing scene with the release of his debut album, American Teen.
The end of a long relationship demolishes our sense of who we are and our place in the world. Emotions run high. Hate turns into sadness, then morphs into regret. Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors gives us a tour of these emotions on the new, self-titled Dirty Projectors album. Following his split from Amber Coffman, a former lover and member of Dirty Projectors, Longstreth’s agony, remorse and nostalgia come crashing through with the power of a cement truck barreling down the highway at 100 mph.
A few days ago, it was nearly 70 degrees outside in Madison. Students were back on Bascom Hill taking in the sun instead of going to class. Shorts and sandals made their first major appearance of 2017. Campus was filled with life. Now that the sneak peak of summer is over, we’re all craving something to latch on to while we wait for the most exciting season.
Quaan Logan, a sophomore at UW-Madison, kicked off Live from the Nest for the 2017 Spring semester with a performance that combined raw, personal lyrics and homemade, ethereal beats.
When Michael Penn II was nine years old, he had his first sip of alcohol. Mistaking his father’s glass of Hennessy in the fridge for a glass of Coke, the young Penn confidently took a sip of the dark beverage. The moment it touched his lips, he realized the mistake he had made and spit it back into the glass.
Imagine that it’s 20 years from now, the Cold War never ended and the world has been consumed by grimy, futuristic industrialization. Bone Music would be the soundtrack.
The way the painted arches flowed into the midnight blue ceiling scattered with twinkling lights, coupled with the scaffolding’s tight embrace of the stage made Dawes’ performance at the Barrymore Theatre on Monday night feel like a night straight out of an indie film.
The Barrymore Theater may be a little out of the way for most UW-Madison students, but on Monday night, it will certainly be the place to be. Dawes, the alt-folk-rock band from Los Angeles, will be gracing Madison with their presence on the 13th stop of their 50-stop tour.