1. The Sound of the Earth Rumbling Beneath Your Feet

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  2. Reaction To Grimes’ Decision To Scrap New Album

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    A song that was originally written for Rhianna, Grimes released her latest track, “Go” this past June. This track is a representation of the artist’s pop-forward direction for her fourth album. After listening to the track, I was greatly impressed and ecstatic to hear what she has in store for us in the next few months.

    Sadly, Grimes just announced today that she is going to scrap the new album and start from scratch.

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  3. Professor Creates English Course Based on ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City’

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    Adam Diehl, professor at Georgia Regents University, has based his entire english class off of Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. The class is called “Good Kids, Mad Cities” and the goal is to explore stories similar to those shared by Kendrick Lamar. Some of the reading includes the works of Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, and James Joyce.

    Here’s the description of the class as given on the school’s website:

    Taking its name from Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 album, this course will examine the role of urban living on the development of young people. In Kendrick’s case, “the streets sure to release the worst side of my best” (Lamar 58). By studying and analyzing various literature, films, and K. Dot’s album, we will consider what effects our characters’ surroundings have on who they become as adults. The cities we will be visiting, in our imaginations, are Dublin, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Assignments will include a substantial research paper, stemming from the topics inherent in our texts; students should also expect other writing assignments, such as short papers and online discussion posts. ​

    This was one of the best hip-hop albums ever made and it was one of the albums listed in Cream of the Crop 2012. On Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, Kendrick Lamar chronicles his life living in Compton. By having his album become the basis of a college English course, only solidifies how significant Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is lyrically and musically.

    I envy all the students of Georgia Regents University who will have the privilege of taking this course.

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  4. Happy Birthday Queen Bey.

     
  5. I noticed that many of my favorite bands are making a big splash back into the music scene this year (look up Interpol and Death From Above 1979).

    Another one, TV on the Radio has announced that they will releasing their fifth studio album, Seeds sometime this fall. In promotion of this, they released their first single off the new album, “Happy Idiot”.

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  6. Giving Back Through Creativity

    A few days ago, one of my good friends and aspiring writer/comedian, Joel Barber challenged me to update this blog every week for next six months. In doing this, he will kindly donate $100 to a charity of my choice. Likewise, I returned the favor and challenged him to produce 4 episodes of his podcast, “The Barbershop Podcast” in the next six months. Once this feat is achieved, I will also donate $100 to a charity of his choice.

    The thing that I love about this is that it gives us an opportunity to really push ourselves creatively and get our work out there. Plus, the fact that it’s for a good cause motivates us even more.

    This is going to be an exciting six months.

     
  7. "Two Weeks" by FKA twigs

    Imagine if Aaliyah experimented with conceptualism and was heavily influenced by Bjork, trip-hop and obscure electronic records. This is what it might sound like.

     
     
  8. The Johnny Cash of Hip-Hop.

     
  9. In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Paul’s Boutique by the Beastie Boys, a Brooklyn artist by the name of Danielle Mastrion painted a mural of the legendary hip-hop group in the Lower East Side of New York City (in the same spot that was captured on the cover of the album). The piece was painted in a day and it looks amazing. 

    RIP MCA

     

  10. Paula

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    The first time that Robin Thicke saw Paula Patton, it was at the tender age of 14. It was a magical moment for the young man. He experienced a phenomena that many people call ” love at first sight”. Two years later, Robin and Paula began dating. Fast forward 21 years, the two got married and have a child together.

    It is a very special love story. The kind of love story that grew from a time of innocence. It is stories like these that serve as a testament of undying love and devotion. Robin and Paula were living examples of this.

    Sadly, even Robin and Paula were not immune to the pains and sorrow of heartache. It all started in the summer of 2013.

    With the song that catapulted Thicke’s career into the stratosphere.

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