With the release of Process, Sampha, the rising British star who has been working in the shadows for so many years, has finally come to the forefront. His tender voice cries out vulnerable lyrics so raw and honest, they shatter our hearts as if they were made of glass.
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Never before in the history of music has the word “butterscotch” been used so many times in a single half-hour (seven by my count). Three years after the revolutionary album Neon Icon, Riff Raff is still somehow making outlandish, cringe-worthy, yet extremely entertaining music.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle an aspiring rapper must overcome on their climb to the throne is finding a unique voice and identity that lets them stand out from the dense crowds of would-be stars. Isaiah Rashad is one of the rappers who’s found his own sound. On Saturday, Rashad swung by The Sett for the fifth stop of his Lil Sunny Tour.
2017 marks the beginning of a new period filled with uncertainty and anxiety for countless Americans across the country. The past year and a half showcased the rise of a prolific businessman and reality television star to the most powerful position in the world. Not only has Donald Trump been the most controversial presidential candidate ever, but at a more basic level, it seems that he values his personal goals over those of the country he now leads.
The xx, a band with roots in London, became pioneers in indie pop music with the release of their 2009 album xx and its follow up Coexist. Now, after more than four years since the group released a project together, I See You kicks off 2017 with perseverance and hope.
In the final installment of Live From the Nest for the fall semester, Madison rapper Rich Robbins graced The Daily Cardinal office with strong bars in what he said was one of the most intimate performances he’s ever done.
Over the past five years, Abel Tesfaye, more commonly known as The Weeknd, has released music ranging from dark R&B to stereotypical radio pop songs. His latest album, Starboy, marked his third splash into the ears of the mainstream.
Shade Trees, the latest project by 18-year-old Madison rapper Trapo, could possibly be the project that puts Madison on the map in the world of hip-hop.
Cozy Tapes, Vol. 1: Friends, the highly-anticipated A$AP Mob collaborative album, was finally released to the world more than a year and a half after A$AP Yams, the founder of the Harlem hip-hop collective, passed away.
Thursday night marked the beginning of Live From the Nest: a set of live, stripped-down performances from Madison musicians held in the Daily Cardinal office and streamed live on Facebook.
ScHoolboy Q, Top Dawg Entertainment’s second biggest star, visited the Orpheum with help from Joey Bada$$ on Friday night. The two MCs used their high-speed lyricism and infectious energy to command everyone in attendance to put their bodies in harm’s way in order to have the time of their lives.
Year after year, Freakfest has been one of Madison’s biggest events. The huge Halloween festival has hosted major artists from different genres including Cage the Elephant, Mac Miller and Timeflies. This year, hip-hop had a unprecedented presence at the festival.
Alt-rock band Grouplove made their first appearance in five years at The Orpheum on Sunday. In the midst of their Big Mess tour, named after their third album, the group was accompanied by two opening bands: Dilly Dally and Muna.
Born Kenneth La’Ron Beasley, 20-year-old KennyHoopla is fresh off the release of his debut EP Beneath The Willow Tree. The project is a testament to Kenny’s authenticity and rawness as an artist.
Oddball rapper Danny Brown has returned after three years with his new album Atrocity Exhibition. Past projects from the Detroit native have contained some of the most interesting production and delivery in recent memory, and Atrocity Exhibition is no exception.
Madison’s art scene still blows me away to this day. After spending my first year at UW-Madison, there’s no doubt that this city attracts an amazing array of performances and immense talent that shaped my freshman year. From concerts at iconic venues like The Orpheum, performance art at the beautiful Overture Center, to simply walking down the street listening to music on my own, it’s quite apparent that there’s no shortage of artistic expression in this city. It’s this artistic expression and freedom that gives people a chance to have experiences that will help shape their lives and who they are.
There isn’t a single genre of music that fully encapsulates the sound of both Chicago-based band Wild Belle and their opener James Supercave. On the first stop of their nationwide tour, the groups graced the visitors of The Sett with an energetic show. The venue was filled with college students and adults alike who began enjoying the show seated at the tables. By the end of the show, there wasn’t much room to even move around.
In many ways, advocacy and activism start with the arts. Countless individuals use their creative talents combined with personal experiences to bring attention to a wide array of political and social issues. Addressing concerns such as racial inequality, body shaming and gender stereotypes with a creative approach does two very important things. The first is that it makes the message easier to receive. For those who are pushing for unequal treatment or those who just don’t care enough to pay attention to the social issues, hearing the message in a creative manner could potentially cause them to pay more attention. It may not change their minds, but it opens a dialogue. The second is causing an emotional impact. There’s something unique about expressing oneself through poetry, music or a comedy skit. The words come alive when they are recited in front of an audience. Emotions are stronger than plain facts; that is why the arts are a perfect place to push for change.
To put it simply, Nimbus 2.0 was a success. The groundbreaking live performance kicked off around 9:15 p.m., and from that point on, there was a nonstop flow of action coming from an extremely diverse lineup of artists. Rich Robbins said that his goal for this show was to bridge gaps by uniting the campus and local hip-hop scenes, and that’s exactly what happened.
Up-and-coming artists are constantly inventing new ways to get themselves the exposure they rightfully deserve in the world of hip-hop music, and that’s exactly what rapper Rich Robbins is doing in his first headlining show in Madison. Feb. 26, the Chicago native and UW-Madison graduate will be holding a concert unlike anything before.