hip-hop

‘A good song is forever’: Gosha Guppy on his new music video and being a full-time rapper while in college

If his new music video is any indication of what’s next, then Gosha Guppy is on his way to turning his music into a lifestyle that established fans and new listeners alike will want to experience. 

| Senior Cadenza Editor

WU sophomore Gosha Guppy delivers exhilarating WILD performance

When Washington University sophomore Zach Bernagene, known by his stage name Gosha Guppy, stepped onto the Brookings Quadrangle stage to begin his WILD set, the excitement was palpable. Though he was the first performer of the night, students were already packed into the front row to support him, and their energy was electric.

| Staff Writer

Donuts and Demonism: tracking the influence of Odd Future

Watching the video for Tyler, The Creator’s “Yonkers” five years after its release, it is striking just how raw the Odd Future brand was. As statements of intent go, this is arguably as compelling as it can get. Tyler, The Creator—de facto leader of the then-burgeoning Los Angeles hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All—seemed far beyond his 19 years, and seeing something so perfectly formed perhaps signalled that a regression (or at least a lack of progression) was looming.

| Staff Writer

Back to Back, the Presidential race gets charged up

The beef is real. Since entering the industry in dramatic fashion with the controversial track “They’re Bringing Crime, They’re Rapists,” Donald Trump has gotten into feuds with any and all of his rival acts, most recently with Marco Rubio and the Fox News label.

Sean Lundergan | Contributing Reporter

Point/Counterpoint: “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap

This summer, Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” demonstrated the power of new music distribution methods (the song first appeared on SoundCloud), riding a wave of momentum that began early in the year and drove the song into “song of the summer” contention. The song also sparked Fetty’s rapid ascendance, landing him two more top-15 hits (“My Way” and “679”) and a Drake remix. With Fetty’s debut album scheduled for a September release, Tyler Friedman, staff writer, and Kimberly Henrickson, film editor, debate the merits of the singer’s breakthrough hit.

and | Staff Writers

Album Review: Run the Jewels ‘Run the Jewels 2’

Run the Jewels (the rap duo comprised of Killer Mike and El-P) set out to make a follow-up to their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album and created nothing short of a beautiful monster. A lesser group would have coasted on the wave of critical acclaim from their premiere release and cashed in on our culture’s love of sequels, comebacks and remakes, turning in a mediocre effort. But that’s not an option for Run the Jewels. A mere year and a half after their first album’s release, they’ve made another stunning and addictive record.

| Staff Writer

An impossible feat, and I repeat: On the enduring weirdness of Outkast

It was a time-honored tradition for music festival junkies. Every year, as the Coachella lineup prediction machine began to plug away, Outkast’s name would inevitably appear among the long-shot rumored headliners. Everyone knew it was a pipe dream, but still, we held out hope that the profoundly innovative hip-hop duo would one day bury the hatchet.

| Music Editor

‘Bring Da Ruckus’: Celebrating the 20th anniversary of ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbfGkiecl2M It seems like it’s been a decade since Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All was touted as the next Wu-Tang Clan, but surprisingly, it was a mere two years ago, fresh off the breakout success of Tyler, the Creator’s “Yonkers” video.

| Music Editor

Album Review: ‘Matangi’ by M.I.A.

It’s been one of her most famous lines for most of her career, and an overly quoted line when referring to this era, but it’s undeniably true. M.I.A. is “coming back with power power.” The artist even announces it herself at the end of “Come Walk With Me.” This is not the M.I.A. of feuds with reporters or flipping off people on national TV.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Album Review: “Hall of Fame” by Big Sean

Earlier this week, Big Sean released his second album, “Hall of Fame.” The new CD continues his “Finally Famous” storyline; while his previous album detailed his climb to the top of the rap game, “Hall of Fame” focuses on the difficulties that that fame brings to light. For an album with 15 songs, there isn’t a lot of variety of content.

Sherri Gardner | Cadenza Writer

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