A superstar in disguise: Rapper Noname hits St. Louis stage

Noname is her own kind of superstar. The absence of glitz and flare onstage is replaced by a refreshing, laidback comfort that the rapper exudes in her music, her presence and her audience.

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“I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful, yet so unaware of it” and other great albums of 2016 reveal a search for meaning and a higher power

The 1975, an English rock band, titled their 2016 sophomore album: “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful, yet so unaware of it.” The title is so long that one might find it laughable. The title’s length falls in line with a theme of searching.

Ayanna Harrison | Staff Writer

#BlackBoyJoy and Rae Sremmurd: The commoditization of blackness in music

Shortly following this year’s Video Music Awards ceremony, Chance the Rapper tweeted a red carpet photo of himself dressed in khaki overalls, arms outstretched like a human airplane and knees bent so that he came, at most, to half of his normal standing height.

Ayanna Harrison | Contributing Writer

Kanye, Tidal and the power of musical monopoly

“My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale… You can only get it on Tidal.” With this tweet from Kanye West on Monday, we gained a true vision of what Tidal can and will be in the future of the music industry: a dictator’s dream of exclusive titles and monopolistic marketing.

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Cadenza’s summer highlights

We know you mourned the lapse in Student Life’s pop culture commentary during your summer internship, road trip or desk job. In an effort to atone for their absence, Senior Cadenza Editor Mark Matousek and Managing Editor Katharine Jaruzelski share their favorite pop culture artifacts from this summer.

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Chance the Rapper takes over Chaifetz

Walking into Chaifetz Arena this past Saturday to see Chance the Rapper perform, I was completely unsure of what to expect. His musical style is intriguing, to say the least. It encompasses elements of gospel, classic soul, blues-rock, juke, acid jazz and house. Rather than being buried by all the different styles, Chance the Rapper seems to make it work.

Aysswarya Manoharan | Contributing Writer

Album review: ‘Old’ by Danny Brown

Mark Matousek Music Editor Album review: ‘Old’ by Danny Brown Four stars Singles to Download: “The Return,” “25 Bucks,” “Handstand” For fans of: Chance the Rapper, A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson, ScHoolboy Q Danny Brown’s a weird dude.

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W.I.L.D. pump-up playlist

The allegedly crazy concert of the semester is this Friday, and students in apartments and dorms alike will probably find themselves in need of a pump-up playlist for their pre-W.I.L.D. party. Here are some suggestions from the Cadenza staff. “Favorite Song”—Chance the Rapper If you’ve never listened to Chance the Rapper, remedy that immediately. His […]

Hip-hop stars Karmin, Chance the Rapper to perform at WU

With Fall W.I.L.D. only two weeks away, organizers have announced two headliners they hope will live up to Buzzfeed recently ranking the event the eighth most insane college party in the country. When hip-hop artists Karmin and Chance the Rapper perform at Fall W.I.L.D. on Oct.

W.I.L.D. announcements leave Cadenza ‘Brokenhearted,’ but ‘Everything’s Good’

We’ve been waiting all semester for Social Programming Board to call us, baby, so let’s get up, let’s get on it and let’s find out what Cadenza thinks about the W.I.L.D. headliners, Karmin and Chance the Rapper. Karmin is the definition of a guilty pleasure because at long last, pleas for a female pop artist have been answered.

Greg Herman | Contributing Reporter